Shehadi graduated from the American University of Beirut in 1948.
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In 1949 Shehadi received his master’s degree in philosophy in 1951, he completed his doctor's degree in 1959.
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Shehadi graduated from the American University of Beirut as a Bachelor of Arts in 1948, and from the Institut de Musique with distinction. A year later he came to Princeton University, receiving his master’s degree in philosophy in 1951. Shehadi completed his Princeton doctor's degree in 1959.
Shehadi studied music with Bernard Diamant in Montreal, Quebec, with Jennie Tourel in New York City, with Helga Mott in London, and with Pierre Bernac in Paris.
Shehadi began his career at the Princeton University, taking a position of an assistant instructor in Arabic for two years from 1950. Shehadi joined the Rutgers University in 1957, holding a post of an assistant professor until 1963, becoming an associate professor that year, he stayed at that position till 1972. That year he began to serve as a professor of philosophy, rising to professor emeritus and department head, he held that post two times - from 1963 till 1968, and from 1977 till 1981. Shehadi was also a director of the program Philosophy and Contemporary Issues at the Rutgers University for two years from 1979. He worked as a director of Junior Year in France Program during two periods - from 1984 to 1985 and from 1991 to 1992. He retired from Rutgers University in 1994.
Shehadi was a chairperson of Princeton University Concerts Committee. As a musician, he performed with Montreal Opera Company, Montreal Elgar Choir, and on Canadian television. He also performed with symphony and chamber orchestras and in recitals in the United States, Canada, Europe and Lebanon. Shehadi sang roles in Boris Godunov with the Montreal Opera under Emil Cooper, in the Eastern premiere of The Trial of Lucullus by Roger Sessions, the United States premiere of Handel's Imeneo and in Monteverdi's Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Chlorinde at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia with the Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra. As a soloist, he appeared with the Princeton Symphony Orchestra, the Princeton Chamber Orchestra, the Interlochen Chorus and Orchestra and the Bachman Choir with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
Shehadi studied Islamic philosophy and his writings included Ghazali's Unique Unknowable God, Metaphysics in Islamic Philosophy and Philosophies of Music in Medieval Islam. Additionally, he authored several articles, and gave papers before learned societies across the United States, Europe and Asia.
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Although a Christian, Shehadi considered Islamic culture as part of his heritage.
Shehadi's first two books on Ghazali's religious philosophy championed the use of philosophical analysis in the study of a field dominated almost exclusively by classical historical and philological scholarship.
Physical Characteristics: Shehadi had a baritone voice of exceptional beauty.
Shehadi married Alison M. Shute on June 14, 1954. The marriage produced two children - Muna Shehadi Sill and Charles Henry.