Douglas Pratt: Team Leader East, South, South-East Asia & Oceania

Professor Douglas Pratt, Professor of Religious Studies in the School of Social Sciences, University of Waikato, New Zealand. 

Douglas-PrattHe holds the following academic qualifications: MA (Auckland); BA (Waikato); BD (Otago); PhD (St. Andrews); DTheol (Melbourne College of Divinity) and LTh(Hons.) (NZ).

He is also Adjunct Professor for Theology and Interreligious Studies in the Department of Old Catholic Theology at the University of Bern, Switzerland. He is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor (Research)  School of Political and Social Inquiry, (GTReC – Global Terrorism Research Centre) at Monash University, Australia, and the New Zealand Associate of the UNESCO Chair in Intercultural and Interreligious Relations – Asia Pacific. He is also an Associate of the Centre for the Study of Religion and Politics (CSRP) at the University of St Andrews, Scotland.

In recent years he has been a Visiting Lecturer in Christian–Muslim Relations at University of Birmingham, England (2004); a Visiting Research Fellow at Ripon College Cuddesdon, Oxford and Guest Lecturer in Issues in Interfaith Relations for the Faculty of Theology at the University of Oxford, England (2005-6); a Fulbright Scholar in New Zealand Studies at Georgetown University, Washington DC (2010); and Visiting Professor in Systematic and Ecumenical Theology at the University of Bern, Switzerland (2011).

His most recent book is The Church and Other Faiths: The World Council of Churches, the Vatican and Interreligious Dialogue, (Peter Lang, 2010). Other recently published works include Civilisational Dialogue and the Philosophy of Religion (2009); Faith to Faith: Issues in Interreligious Engagement (2008); The Challenge of Islam: Encounters in Interfaith Dialogue (2005). He has co-authored with Gary Bouma (Uni. of Monash) and Rod Ling (Uni. of Manchester) Religious Diversity in Southeast Asia and the Pacific: National Case Studies (2010) and together with Mark Beaumont (London) and David Thomas (Birmingham) he is the editor of the Exploring the House of Islam: Perceptions of Islam in the Period of Western Ascendancy 1800-1945 series of re-published classic texts by Georgias Press, New Jersey USA with responsibility for Section One: Perceptions of Islamic History and Institutions.

An ordained Anglican priest and Canon Theologian Emeritus of the Waikato Diocese in New Zealand, Dr Pratt was honoured by the Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand (FIANZ) in 2007 with an inaugural Harmony Award for meritorious service to the Muslim community.