Islamic studies staff

 

Centre Director

 

Dr Haifaa Jawad

Dr Haifaa Jawad

Honorary Senior Lecturer

Broadly speaking, my research interests lie within Islamic studies and Middle Eastern politics and history; my research interests and writings cover areas such as the socio-political study of Islam, Modern and contemporary Islamic thought, Women in Islam, Feminism and Islam, Islam in Britain, especially New Muslims, Islam and the West, Islamism and Extremism, Islamic beliefs and practices, Islam ...

 

 

Dr Katherine Brown

Dr Katherine Brown

Senior Lecturer in Islamic Studies

Over the past decade I have been researching the role of gender and religion in relation to Islamic extremism, and have an interest in gender-mainstreaming countering and preventing violent extremism efforts. My current work focuses on gender, religion and resilience in global governance efforts in relation to terrorism. This is part of my larger project, Humanities for Resilience,which is ...

Dr John Chesworth

Dr John Chesworth

Research Officer CMR1900

I am co-ordinating the research project Christian-Muslim Relations: A Bibliographical History 1500-1900 (CMR1900), working with Professor David Thomas. CMR1900 a four year AHRC funded research aims to compile the documentary history of relations between Muslims and Christians in the period 1500-1900. It brings together all the known writings of Christians and Muslims about and against one ...

Dr Haifaa Jawad

Dr Haifaa Jawad

Honorary Senior Lecturer

Broadly speaking, my research interests lie within Islamic studies and Middle Eastern politics and history; my research interests and writings cover areas such as the socio-political study of Islam, Modern and contemporary Islamic thought, Women in Islam, Feminism and Islam, Islam in Britain, especially New Muslims, Islam and the West, Islamism and Extremism, Islamic beliefs and practices, Islam ...

Professor Jorgen Nielsen

Professor Jorgen Nielsen

Emeritus Professor of Contemporary European Islam

My main research interest is Islam in Europe but I also maintain interests in Shari’a and Christian-Muslim relations in Europe and the Middle East.

Professor David Parker

Emeritus Professor of Digital Philology

My main current work is editions of the Gospel of John funded by the AHRC. One is a critical edition of the Greek text in the series Novum Testamentum Graece. Editio critica maior, in partnership with the Institut für neutestamentliche Textforschung, Münster, Germany. Another is an edition of the Gospel of John in Latin in the Vetus Latina series.

Professor Oliver Scharbrodt

Professor Oliver Scharbrodt

Professor of Islamic Studies

I research modern, contemporary and classical forms of Islam, employing both historical and ethnographic research methods. My interests include modern Islamic reform, Shia Islam, Sufism, Islamic messianism and as well as the historical and contemporary presence of Muslims in Europe. I am particularly interested in making current theories and methods in Religious Studies relevant to the academic ...

Dr Yafa Shanneik

Dr Yafa Shanneik

Lecturer in Islamic Studies

My research focuses on the dynamics and trajectories of gender in Islam within the context of contemporary diasporic and transnational Muslim women’s spaces. I work on Muslim women communities in Europe and their transnational links to the Middle East. I also have a particular research interest in the authority and leadership of Muslim women and the changing nature of women’s ...

Professor David Thomas

Professor David Thomas

Emeritus Professor of Christianity and Islam
Nadir Dinshaw Professor of Interreligious Relations

For many years one of my specialist interests has been the history of religious thought in Islam and the structure of Islamic religious thinking. A particular aspect of this is relations between Muslims and followers of other faiths, especially Christianity. I have made this a major topic of my research and writing.

Dr Richard Todd

Dr Richard Todd

Lecturer in Islamic Studies

Pre-modern Islamic thought, especially philosophy, theology and Sufism

Dr Sophia Vasalou

Dr Sophia Vasalou

Birmingham Fellow in Philosophical Theology

My work spans a number of areas and a number of themes. As a researcher in Islamic theology, my main interests lie in ethics, particularly forms of Islamic ethics with a strong rationalist edge. My early work on the Mu’tazilites was followed by more recent work on the ethical thought of the Hanbalite theologian Ibn Taymiyya. My current research focuses on the development of the virtues in ...

 

Advisors/Consultants

Senior Research Fellow - Professor George Joffe, Cambridge University

Professor Ebrahim Mossa, Professor of Religious and Islamic Studies, Duke University

Professor Ian Netton, Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter