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Religious Studies specialists

People specializing in this area

University Teaching Officers

Dr Ankur Barua
  • Classical and modern Vedanta
  • Political Hinduism 
  • Indian Christian Theology
Dr Jörg Haustein
  • Colonialism and Islam in German East Africa
  • Religion in international development
  • Christian-Muslim relations in Africa (esp. Ethiopia)
  • Theory & Method in the study of religions
Professor Douglas Hedley
  • The Romantic appropriation of the Sanskrit tradition
  • Comparative philosophy of religion
Dr Joseph Webster

The Anthropology of Religion

Contemporary Protestantism

Apocalypticism and Millenarianism

Religion and Hate

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

Academic staff

Dr Ankur Barua
  • Classical and modern Vedanta
  • Political Hinduism 
  • Indian Christian Theology
Dr Jörg Haustein
  • Colonialism and Islam in German East Africa
  • Religion in international development
  • Christian-Muslim relations in Africa (esp. Ethiopia)
  • Theory & Method in the study of religions
Professor Douglas Hedley
  • The Romantic appropriation of the Sanskrit tradition
  • Comparative philosophy of religion
Dr Alastair Lockhart

Psychology of religion

Contemporary/20th century religious history

Apocalypticism and millenarianism

Dr Joseph Webster

The Anthropology of Religion

Contemporary Protestantism

Apocalypticism and Millenarianism

Religion and Hate

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

Directors of Studies

Dr Alastair Lockhart

Psychology of religion

Contemporary/20th century religious history

Apocalypticism and millenarianism

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
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

Graduate students

Ilma Bogdan

Comparative 'literalisms': an assessment of Christian and Muslim 'fundamentalist' scriptural hermeneutics through the writings of Falwell, Rushdoony, Qutb and Al-Maqdisi

Theo Borgvin-Weiss

Heritage & the Holy Spirit - Pentecostalism and the handling the past in contemporary Nigeria

Dr Jamie Boulding

The Multiverse and Participatory Metaphysics

Jennifer Fields

Questioning the Promotion of Friendship in Interfaith Dialogue: Interfaith Friendship in Light of the Emphasis on Particularity in Scriptural Reasoning

‘Friendship’ is among the buzzwords such as ‘peace’, ‘tolerance’, and ‘understanding’, that are part of a shared vocabulary in the interfaith world. In discussions of the goals and benefits of interfaith dialogue, buzzwords such as ‘friendship’ are often implicitly presented as a common currency, and there is little attempt to explore how people within each religious tradition might define, shape, and describe them differently. How might, for example, Christians and Muslims differ in their opinions on the nature, possibilities, and limits of interfaith friendship? Looking at general interfaith dialogue material and at material for a specific type of interfaith dialogue, ‘Scriptural Reasoning’, I consider Christian and Muslim discourse, including promotional material for charities, speeches by religious leaders, religious documents, non-academic material (e.g. online forums, magazines), and academic material. I also look at discussions regarding the Qur’ānic verses about friendship with the religious other, which are one source of a specifically Muslim approach to the idea of interfaith friendship. My data shows that Christians tend to depict friendship as an obvious goal or benefit of interfaith dialogue, typically without explaining what interfaith friendship entails. Muslims tend to use friendship language much more sparingly in the context of interfaith dialogue, and when they do use it, it is with caveats. I note how the generic use of friendship language creates tension with the efforts to pay 'attention to the particularities of the traditions and scriptures' that the founders and practitioners of Scriptural Reasoning, among others, advocate. What questions does this analysis raise about how we frame and promote interfaith dialogue, and what other approaches to naming the goals or benefits of dialogue may be available, once attention to the particularities has made the appeal to friendship more complex?

Jonathan Gilmour

Jospeh Soloveitchik and Inter-faith Dialogue

M. Imran Khan

Sociality and the Mystical Theology of 'Abd al-Ghani al-Nabulusi (1641-1731)

Reuven Leigh

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

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

Nadya Pohran

Ethnographic Study of a Christian Ashram in India

Yasser Qureshy

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

Mohammad Saleh Zarepour

Ibn Sina's Philosophy of Mathematics

Dr Tianyi Zhang

Suhrawardī's Illuminationist Philosophy