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Religious Studies specialists

People specializing in this area

University Teaching Officers

Dr Ankur Barua
  • Classical and modern Vedanta
  • Political Hinduism 
  • Indo-Islamic 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 
  • Indo-Islamic 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

Research staff

Dr Tianyi Zhang

Suhrawardī's Illuminationist Philosophy

Directors of Studies

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
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

Theo Borgvin-Weiss

Religious change and contemporary heritage production in southwest Nigeria

Holland Freeman

MPhil student in Religion and Conflict

Jonathan Gilmour

Joseph Soloveitchik and Inter-faith Dialogue

M. Imran Khan

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

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

Bryony Pearce

MPhil student in World Religions

Charlie Pepper

MPhil student in Religion and Conflict

Yasser Qureshy

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

Elias Sautiut

MPhil student in World Religions