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Professor Josef Van Ess FBA

About this Fellow

History of the Islamic World; Islamic theology and philosophy, especially with respect to the formative period (8th-10th centuries) and the age of the Mongol conquest (13th-14th centuries); Islamic mysticism



Current post

  • Emeritus Professor of Islamic Studies and Semitic Languages, University of Tübingen

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Revd Professor Sarah Coakley

Historical and systematic theology; philosophy of religion; theology and the biological sciences ('natural theology'); theology and the social sciences; gender, 'race', and religion

Professor Stephanie Jamison

Indo-Iranian and Indo-European comparative linguistics, poetics, mythology, religion, and customary law; concentrating especially on Vedic Sanskrit philology and the development of early Sanskrit and Middle-Indo-Aryan

Professor Alec Ryrie

Alec Ryrie is a historian of Protestant Christianity in general and of religion in early modern England and Scotland in particular. He is interested in the cultural, social, political and emotional history of religion, and has written on subjects including faith and doubt; martyrdom, violence and religious warfare; magic and deception; moderation and radicalism; childhood religious experience; and liturgy and prayer, formal and informal. He is currently researching the early history of global Protestant missions. He is co-editor of the Journal of Ecclesiastical History and (in 2019-20) president of the Ecclesiastical History Society. He is also a licensed Reader in the Church of England.