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Tianyi Zhang


  • PhD, Trinity College, Cambridge, 2015-present, ("Trinity External Research Studentship" by Trinity College, Honorary "Cambridge International Scholarship" by Cambridge Trust)
  • MPhil (Religious Studies), Department of Philosophy, and of Religious Studies, Peking University, 2012-2015, (Thesis: Avicenna on Universals)
  • BA (Arabic), School of Arabic Studies, Beijing International Studies University (also known as Beijing Second Foreign Language University), 2006-2010

Subject area and speciality

Religious Studies specialists:

Suhrawardī's Illuminationist Philosophy

Islamic studies specialists:

Suhrawardī's Illuminationist Philosophy

Research Interests

  • Suhrawardī
  • Avicenna
  • Islamic philosophy


  • Paper C9: Islamic Philosophy and Theology (2015-16)
  • Paper B15: Introduction to Islam (2016-17)

Other Professional Activities

Conference Presentations

  • "Suhrawardī and the Nature of Illuminationism", One-day-conference on Immateriality (organised by "Immateriality, Thinking and the Self in the Long Middle Ages" project and "New Directions" project), Trinity College, Cambridge, 18 Feb 2016 (video available on YouTube)


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Inspiring young people in care

Apr 20, 2017

Will Lyon Tupman, a third year undergraduate, leads a campaign to help those in foster care to reach their potential.

What is the historical evidence that Jesus Christ lived and died?

Apr 19, 2017

Read Dr Simon Gathercole's article in the Guardian newspaper

Film Competition Winners Announced

Feb 27, 2017

School students demonstrated their passion for the subject in creative and sensitive films for the 2016 Cambridge Religion on Film Competition.

Research news: astrobiology, and Zion in South Africa

Feb 24, 2017

Read about exciting research in the Faculty of Divinity, with three lecturers currently away on research trips in very different places, looking at very different things.

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