Professor Lejla Demiri

Professor Lejla Demiri

CMR 1900 project
Team Leader, Middle East and North Africa
Section Editor, Turkish World

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Lejla Demiri is Professor of Islamic Doctrine at the Centre for Islamic Theology, University of Tübingen.


She studied Islamic Theology in Istanbul (BA and MA at Marmara University) and Christian Theology in Rome (Post-Graduate Diploma and Licentiate at the Pontifical Gregorian University). She obtained her PhD from the University of Cambridge (2008), and worked as a Junior Research Fellow at Trinity Hall, Cambridge (2007-2010).

She subsequently held a post-doctoral fellowship (2010/11) at the Berlin-based research programme Europe in the Middle East – the Middle East in Europe (2010/2011) and Zukunftsphilologie fellowship (2011/12) at Free University of Berlin.

Her research explores Muslim-Christian theological encounters and she is the author of Muslim Exegesis of the Bible in Medieval Cairo: Najm al-Din al-Tufi’s (d.716/1316) Commentary on the Christian Scriptures (Brill, 2013).