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Tianyi Zhang


  • PhD (Divinity), Trinity College, Cambridge, 2015–present, ("Trinity External Research Studentship" with the title of "Prince of Wales Student" by Trinity College, Honorary "Cambridge International Scholarship" by Cambridge Trust)
    PhD Thesis: Light in the Cave: A Philosophical Enquiry into the Nature of Suhrawardi's Illuminationist Philosophy
  • MA (Religious Studies), Department of Philosophy, and of Religious Studies, Peking University, 2012–2015
    MA 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, 2017–18)

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)
  • "Suhrawardī and Presential Knowledge", 
Themes in Post-Classical Islamic Thought, 2nd Annual HoAPGoC Workshop, 
Faculty of Divinity, Cambridge, 26 May 2017



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