Dr Richard Todd Department of Theology and ReligionLecturer in Islamic Studies Contact details Telephone+44 (0)121 41 43613Emailr.firstname.lastname@example.org Pre-modern Islamic thought, especially philosophy, theology and Sufism Qualifications DPhil in Oriental Studies, University of Oxford MSt in Oriental Studies, University of Oxford BA (Hons) in Arabic with Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, Durham University Biography I have taught Islamic thought and culture, and Arabic language and literature, at Durham University and the University of Edinburgh. In 2013-14 I was Visiting Assistant Professor at the American University of Sharjah. Teaching Introduction to Islam Sufism: Belief and Practice Understanding Religion Postgraduate supervision I would be interested in supervising the following areas of research: Islamic philosophy, especially Ibn Sīnā and the Ikhwān al-Ṣafāʾ Islamic theology Sufism (especially the school of Ibn ʿArabī) and Sufi literature in Arabic, Persian, Ottoman Turkish and Urdu Qur’anic Exegesis Islamic medicine and alchemy Christian Scholasticism and its reception of Jewish and Islamic philosophy The Arabic influence on Renaissance and Reformation Europe Find out more - our PhD Theology and Religion page has information about doctoral research at the University of Birmingham. Research Medieval philosophy, especially Arabic Aristotelianism and critiques of Avicennan thought Ashʿari and Muʿtazili theology Sufism and its interaction with philosophy: I am working on two new projects in this connection: ‘Levels of being in Sufi thought’ in A Handbook of Sufi Cosmology, edited by Alexander Knysh and Christian Lange, (Brill, Handbooks of Sufi Studies), commissioned June 2016; and ‘Philosophical Sufism? Ṣadr al-Dīn al-Qūnawī’s Miftāḥ al-ghayb’ in A Guide to Sufi Literature, edited by Mohammed Rustom and Joseph Lumbard, (University of California Press), commissioned July 2016 Arabic medicine and science, especially post-Jābirian alchemy and its influence on Renaissance and Reformation Europe: I am currently preparing a new monograph on this topic – A History of Arabic Alchemy: from Abbasid Iraq to Ottoman Istanbul Medieval scriptural commentaries, in particular philosophical, theological and mystical hermeneutics Classical Arabic wine songs, Sufi poetry, and didactic verse Islamic codicology Other activities Member of the British Association for Islamic Studies External Examiner for the University of Aberdeen Outreach: Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2015: ‘Treasures from the East: A Guided Tour to the University of Edinburgh’s Special Manuscript Collection’ Publications Book Review. The Popularisation of Sufism in Ayyubid and Mamluk Egypt, 1173-1325, in Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, 28.1 (2017). (3 pages) published online 26 Oct 2016. Book Review. Ibn Al-‘Arabī’s Fuṣūṣ al-Ḥikam: An Annotated Translation of ‘The Bezels of Wisdom’ by Binyamin Abrahamov, in Journal of Sufi Studies, 5.2 (2016), pp. 199-205. (7 pages) published 1 Dec 2016. Book Review. Universality in Islamic thought: Rationalism, Science and Religious Belief, in Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, 27.4 (2016), pp. 535-538. (3 pages) published 21 Sep 2016. ‘Qūnawī’s Scriptural Hermeneutics’ in The Spirit and the Letter: Approaches to the Esoteric Interpretation of the Qur’an, edited by Annabel Keeler and Sajjad Rizvi, Qur’anic Studies Series (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016), pp. 299-324. (26 pages) published 15 Sep 2016. ‘Alchemical Poetry in Almohad Morocco: the Shudhūr al-dhahab of Ibn Arfaʿ Raʾs’, in Oriens: Journal of Philosophy, Theology and Science in Islamic Societies 44.1-2 (2016), pp. 116-144. (29 pages) published June 2016. The Sufi Doctrine of Man: Ṣadr al-Dīn al-Qūnawī’s Metaphysical Anthropology, Islamic Philosophy, Theology and Science, vol. 90 (Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2014) (228 pages) published May 2014.