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Dr Tianyi Zhang


  • Junior Research Fellow, Clare College, Cambridge, 2019 (Oct)–2022
  • PhD (Divinity), Trinity College, Cambridge, 2015–2019, ("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
  • MPhil (Religious Studies), Department of Philosophy, and of Religious Studies, Peking University, 2012–2015
    MPhil 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 & Illuminationism
  • Avicenna
  • Arabic Nominalism, Existentialism & (Neo-)Platonism
  • Arabic Philosophy and Theology


  • Paper C9: Islamic Philosophy and Theology (2015–16)
  • Paper B15: Introduction to Islam (2016–17, 2017–18)

Other Professional Activities

Conference Presentations

  • “Suhrawardī on Mental Considerations”
Avicennan and Post-Avicennan Metaphysics, 3rd Annual History of Arabic Philosophy Group of Cambridge (HoAPGoC) Workshop
Faculty of Divinity, Cambridge, 9 July 2018
(I was also the organiser of this workshop.)
  • “Suhrawardī on Light Metaphysics”
Medieval Philosophy Network, 19th Meeting
The Warburg Institute, University of London, 3 July 2018
  • “Suhrawardī on Presential Knowledge”
Themes in Post-Classical Islamic Thought, 2nd HoAPGoC Workshop
Faculty of Divinity, Cambridge, 26 May 2017
  • “Suhrawardī on 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



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