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Chris Moses

Chris Moses

Research Associate

Office Phone: 01223 763015


Chris Moses is a Research Associate at the Faculty of Divinity, 2015-2018.

His work focuses on anthropological approaches to Islam in contemporary Europe, with particular interests in methods, politics, ethics, economics, and the public sphere. Chris is also part of the Cambridge Inter-faith Programme team, focusing on inter-religious civil society engagement, diplomacy, and public education.

Chris's doctoral research explored Islamic institutions in a Muslim-minority context through the lenses of civil society and the public sphere. It explored (i) the construction of these institutions' various meanings, such as historical, geographical, social or religious, (ii) organisational questions such as strategy, authority, and sustainability, and (iii) the institutions' presence as Islamically identifiable actors in the public sphere engaging with interlocutors such as the media and the state.

His academic background is in Religious Studies (BA, University of Cambridge) and Modern Middle Eastern Studies (MPhil, University of Oxford), and professional experience includes media, education, research and trade/diplomacy.

Subject area and speciality

Religious Studies specialists:

Social Anthropology of Islam

Islamic studies specialists:

British Muslims and Civil Society: A London Ethnography


Emmanuel College:
Research Associate

Research Interests

  • Social Anthropology of Religion
  • Islam and Muslims in Europe
  • Religion, Culture and Society in the Middle East
  • Religion and the Public Sphere


  • A6, Understanding Contemporary Religion (Supervisions, Lectures)
    First year undergraduate paper introducing students to the ways in which social scientists analyse and account for religion as a social force in the contemporary world.