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Farhana Mayer

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Farhana Mayer is the Coordinator of the Graduate Programme in Islamic Studies and Humanities (GPISH) and a lecturer in both GPISH and the Secondary Teacher Educator Programme (STEP), in the Department of Graduate Studies. Her subjects include Qur’an, scriptural exegesis (tafsir), Sufism and Shari‘a. She also lectures on Sufism at the School of Oriental and African Studies and is a regular contributor of seminars and workshops in her fields of expertise at various international programmes for the Dept of Community Relations (DCR) and the Ismaili Tariqa Religious Education Board (ITREB).
Prior to working in the Department of Graduate Studies, Farhana Mayer worked in the Qur’anic Studies Unit in the Department of Academic Research Publications (DARP). She has delivered papers at several universities and academic conferences. Her recent publications include an annotated translation of arguably the earliest extant mystical commentary on the Qur’an, entitled: Spiritual Gems: The Mystical Qur'an Commentary Ascribed by the Sufis to Imam Ja'far al-Sadiq Fons Vitae, 2011 and An Anthology of Qur'anic Commentaries: Volume 1: On the Nature of the Divine, (co-authored with F.Hamza and S.Rizvi.) OUP/IIS, 2008.
Before joining the IIS, Farhana Mayer worked at the Islamic Texts Society, Cambridge, and before that for the al-Furqan Foundation as a researcher on the catalogues of West African Arabic manuscripts. She received her BA (1989) and MA (1992) in Arabic and Islamic Studies from the University of Oxford, specialising in Sufi commentaries on the Qur’an, and had the privilege of auditing courses in Qur’an and Hadith at the Girls College, University of Al-Azhar, (1989-1990).