Qur'anic Studies: Staff and Research
Currently, Qur’anic Studies has seven full time researchers, each with wide-ranging interests.
Dr Omar Alí-de-Unzaga
Research interests: Epistles of the Pure Brethren (Rasa'il Ikhwan al-Safa), for which a book is in progess; interaction between philosophy and the interpretation of the Qur'an between the tenth and eleventh centuries; Isma'ili ta'wil.
Dr Nuha Al Sha’ar
Research interests: Political Islamic thought and ethics, with particular focus on the fourth century AH under the Buyid period; Contemporary Islamic thought.
Dr Karen Bauer
Research interests: Islamic intellectual and social history, particularly gender studies and the interpretation of the Qur’an; tracing, contextualizing, and historicising debates in Qur’an commentaries; analysing how genre boundaries, audience, and context (both social and intellectual) affect the style and content of texts.
Dr Stephen Burge
Research interests: The study of angels in Islam, focusing on their roles in the Qur’an and the Hadith; the great fifteenth century polymath, Jalal al-Din al-Suyuti (d. 911/1505); popular religion; the relationships between Judaism, Christianity and Islam; comparative philology; lexicography and codicology.
Dr Alessandro Cancian
Research Interests: the intellectual history of Shi'ism, Shi'i Sufims in early modern times, the anthropology of Islam, Shi'ism and modern Iran.
Dr Asma Hilali
Research Interests: The transmission of religious texts, Qur’an and hadith and “intermediary genres” during the first six centuries of Islam, the elaboration of the hadith sciences in the 4th/10th century and the canonisation of the religious genres, the transformation of the religious texts and the institutions of transmission (of knowledge “‘Ilm”) between the 4th/10th and the 6th/12th century.
Dr Toby Mayer
Research interests: Currently translating Sayyid Haydar Amuli’s al-Muhit al-A’zam, a remarkable, mystical commentary on the Qur’an which combines the Sufism of Ibn ‘Arabi with Twelver Shi’ism; also working on the major Sufi commentary associated with the early masters of the Kubrawi order, the Ta’wilat Najmiyya.