Department of Theology and Religion

QS World University Rankings Top 50 - Theology, Divinity & Religious StudiesThe Department of Theology and Religion has an outstanding international reputation, spanning the formation and development of the foundational texts and manuscripts of Judaism, Christianity and Islam to their interpretation in feminist, ethical, theological, philosophical and environmental perspectives, with specialisms in Sikhism, interfaith engagement, and the study of lived religion and its impact on society. It is at the interface of religion and society that teachers and researchers have made a wider impact, and changed the way governments and public bodies nationally and internationally engage with faith communities, including during the Covid pandemic.



09 August 2018

Census category calls divide Britain's Sikh community

Dr Jagbir Jhutti-Johal, Senior Lecturer in Sikh Studies, is quoted in The Hindu, an Indian daily newspaper, about the recent news that Sikhs may get an ethnic tick box in the 2021 Census. The topic has generated a lot of discussion within the British Sikh community and is seen as an important issue.

08 August 2018

A conspiracy to suppress Mary Magdalene? No longer just a Dan Brown plotline

Professor Candida Moss writes for the Daily Beast about recent scholarly research that suggests there was a conspiracy to diminish the status and memory of Mary Magdalene. Professors Hugh Houghton and David Parker in the Department of Theology & Religion are also mentioned in the article.

07 August 2018

The bloodbath at a holy shrine that launched global jihad

Professor Jocelyne Cesari is quoted in OZY in an article on the Grand Mosque of Mecca attack of 1979. Cesari argues that the year was the turning point in the rise of Saudi policy of exporting its doctrine of Wahhabi Islam all over the Muslim world.

29 June 2018

PhD success for Dora Panella

Dora Panella has successfully completed her PhD thesis on the Pseudo-Oecumenian Catena on Galatians.

28 June 2018

Where are the scribes in the Dead Sea Scrolls?

While there is ample material evidence for scribal activity from the caves near Qumran, close to the Dead Sea, there are very few references to scribes in the non-Biblical Dead Sea Scrolls, and none at all in the preserved accounts of the community's affairs. Professor Charlotte Hempel explores this mystery in Biblical Archaeology Review.

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