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Religious Studies specialists

People specializing in this area

Academic staff

Dr Ankur Barua
  • Classical and modern Vedanta
  • Political Hinduism 
  • Indian Christian Theology
Dr Joel Cabrita
  • History of Christianity in Southern Africa, particularly from the early twentieth century to the present-day.
Professor Garth Fowden, FBA
  • History of Iran, Rome and the Caliphate in the First Millennium CE
  • Philosophical and religious currents, 200-1000 CE
  • The environment of early Islam

 

Dr Douglas Hedley
  • The Romantic appropriation of the Sanskrit tradition
  • Comparative philosophy of religion
Dr Timothy Jenkins
  • European ethnography, particularly Britain & France
  • Anthropological theory
  • The anthropology of religion
Professor Janet Soskice
  • Religious language and Naming God
  • Science and religion, especially in relation to Creation
  • Form and content in theological writing
  • The symbolics of gender
  • Christian origins and the metaphysics of scripture
Dr Tony Street
  • Islamic philosophy
  • Avicenna
  • Post-Avicennian theologians and philosophers
  • Medieval Arabic logic
Dr Daniel H. Weiss
  • Modern Jewish religious thought and philosophy (esp. Moses Mendelssohn, Hermann Cohen, Franz Rosenzweig, Martin Buber, Emmanuel Levinas)
  • Theories and practices of interreligious dialogue and communication
  • The (contested) relationship between scripture and philosophy, both in the Jewish intellectual tradition and more generally
  • Aspects of ethics, hermeneutics and theopolitics in classical rabbinic literature
Dr Timothy Winter
  • Sufism and the development of the Ottoman learned institution
  • Computerised hadith databases
  • Muslim-Christian relations

Research staff

Chris Moses

Social Anthropology of Islam

Directors of Studies

Dr Timothy Winter
  • Sufism and the development of the Ottoman learned institution
  • Computerised hadith databases
  • Muslim-Christian relations

Retired Faculty

Professor Julius Lipner, FBA
  • Classical Vedanta
  • Truth and inter-religious dialogue
  • 19th century Bengal
  • Hindu images

Cambridge Inter-Faith Programme

Professor Garth Fowden, FBA
  • History of Iran, Rome and the Caliphate in the First Millennium CE
  • Philosophical and religious currents, 200-1000 CE
  • The environment of early Islam

 

Graduate students

Christian Ardeleanu

M.Phil. student: World Christianities

Ilma Bogdan

Comparative Protestant North American and sunni Islamic fundamentalist hermeneutics: the writings of Sayyid Qutb, Abu Muhammad Al-Maqdisi, Jerry Falwell and Rousas Rushdoony put into perspective

Jamie Boulding

The Multiverse and Participatory Metaphysics

Shalinder Carter

M.Phil. student: Study of World Religions

Fenella Chesterfield

M.Phil. student: World Christianities

Deniz Cifci

M.Phil. student: Study of World Religions

Jennifer Fields

Scriptural Reasoning from the Perspective of the Islamic Tradition

Claims about friendship, hospitality, learning scripture, arguing, and proselytizing appear in both Scriptural Reasoning literature and practice: in descriptions of, guidance through, and advocacy for the practice of Scriptural Reasoning. My thesis begins with an initial framework, with the identification of these claims, and a sketch of the background from which the authors’ statements emerged (eg. which traditions or texts are they drawing upon). I will then examine the six claims about Scriptural Reasoning through the lens of the Islamic tradition. I am looking at the claims in light of the history of Muslim attitudes towards/relationships with Jews and Christians and with the scriptures of Jews and Christians. I am exploring questions such as: Is there theological support for these claims? Is there anything theologically at stake with these claims? For historical responses to these questions, I will look to the Qur’an, classical and modern tafsīr, hadīth, and supporting secondary literature. For contemporary responses to these questions, I will look to contemporary scholarship and I will conduct anthropological fieldwork. The fieldwork takes place in Scriptural Reasoning groups, Qur'anic study circles, and hadith study circles in Blackburn, UK.

The goal of my research is to construct a dialogue between voices of Scriptural Reasoning and voices from the Islamic tradition. I will propose how the claims might be qualified, revised, or reaffirmed in light of this dialogue, considering possible implications and responses. I will also address other audiences, scholars of interfaith dialogue and Islam/interfaith relations, offering to them insight into possible ways of thinking about language used—and the potential implications of such language—in descriptions of other types of interfaith dialogue, and demonstrating one practical way of examining that language.

Jonathan Gilmour

Jospeh Soloveitchik and Inter-faith Dialogue

Ellen Goodwin

M.Phil. student: World Christianities

Muhammad Khan

Friendship with non-Muslims: a critical analysis of the views of pre-modern and modern Qur'anic exegetics

Varun Khanna

A Modern Advaita-Vedāntin: Locating Swami Chinmayananda and his understanding of Consciousness in the context of scripture and the contemporary world

Reuven Leigh

The Understanding of Speech and Language in the Thought of Rabbi Shalom Dovber Schneerson

Sarah Mahon

M.Phil. student: Study of World Religions

Moez Masoud

A Conceptual Analysis of Possible Reconciliations and Integrations of Evolutionary and Islamic Thought

Dr Tareq Moqbel

Functional Hermeneutics: Articulating the Moral Significance of Qur'anic Narratives

Chris Moses

Social Anthropology of Islam

Laura Moulton

M.Phil. student: World Christianities

Nadya Pohran

Spiritual Healing Among South Asian Charismatics: An Ethnographic Study in Mumbai

Joseph Powell

M.Phil. student: World Christianities

Yasser Qureshy

The Ontology of the Beatific Vision in the Classical Ash'arī School 

Zarif Rahman

M.Phil. student: Study of World Religions

Tushar Shah

Who is the 'Guru'?  A Theological Study of the Religious Leader in a Swaminarayan Sect

Mohammad Saleh Zarepour

Logical Aspects of Ibn Sina's Philosophy of Mathematics

Tianyi Zhang

A Comparative Study between Avicenna's Peripatetic Philosophy and Suhraward's Illuminationist Philosophy