STEP Faculty

The faculty is comprised of lecturers who have made a significant contribution to scholarship and are engaged in innovative research projects in their respective fields. The current lecturers include IIS, UCL's Faculty of Education and Society (IOE) and visiting scholars from leading international academic institutions.

  • Dr Omar Ali-De-Unzaga  – Qur’an; Qur’anic Exegesis; Tafsir.
  • Mr Hasan Al-Khoee Arabic Public Oratory in the Early Muslim Period.
  • Dr Nuha Al-Shaar Classical Arabic literature and thought; Ethics in Muslim traditions; Qur’anic exegesis.
  • Ms Liz AustinAcademic literacies and skills development; curriculum design; testing.
  • Ms Rosa Barugh Global Ethics; Postgraduate Teaching; International Teaching and International Programmes.
  • Dr Karen Bauer The Qur’an and its interpretive tradition (tafsir); Gender in Islamic history and thought; Emotions and emotional rhetoric in Islamic history.
  • Dr Stephen Burge  – Hadith Studies; Hermeneutics; Qur’anic Exegesis; Literary Theory.
  • Dr Alessandro Cancian  – Shi’i Sufism; Twelver Shi’ism; Mystical exegesis of the Qur’an; Anthropology of Islam.
  • Dr Farhad Daftary Ismaili History; Shi’i Studies; Shi’i Intellectual History.
  • Dr Dagi Dagiev  – Regime Transitions in Central Asia; Democratisation, Nationalism and Islam; Shi’i and Ismaili Studies.
  • Dr Maria De Cillis Islamic Philosophy; Shi’i Studies; Islamic Theology.
  • Dr Zamira Dildorbekova Islam in Central Asia; Ismaili Studies; Curriculum Development; Research Methods.
  • Dr Hakim Elnazarov Central Asian Studies; Islam in Central Asia; Ismaili Studies.
  • Dr Fârès Gillon Ismaili thought, Fatimid Ismailism, Shi’i Islam, Islamic Philosophy, Qur’anic Exegesis, Heterodoxies in Islam.
  • Dr Karim Gulamali Religious Education; Teacher Education.
  • Dr Laila Halani Anthropology; Gender; Ismailis in Modern times; Contemporary Islamic movements.
  • Dr Nazmin Halani  Education; Religious Education; Curriculum Development.
  • Mr Faheem Hussain Sensory History; Influence of state policies on history textbooks; Adolescent moral development.
  • Dr Abdulmamad Iloliev Central Asian Studies; Islamic mysticism; Ismaili devotional literature; Islamic popular culture.
  • Dr Shainool JiwaIsmaili History and Thought; Fatimids.
  • Dr Tullio Lobetti Philosophy of Religion; Hermeneutics and Epistemology; Theory in the Study of Religions.
  • Ms Farah ManjiMuslim Societies & Civilisations; Curriculum Development; Teaching & Learning; Mentorship.
  • Dr Toby MayerMuslim Philosophy; Esoteric Scriptural Exegesis; Mysticism; Qur’anic Hermeneutics.
  • Dr Orkhan Mir-Kasimov  Shi’i Islam; Islamic Mysticism and Messianism.
  • Dr Gurdofarid Miskinzoda  – Shi’i Islam; Early Islam; Muslim Historical and Literary Tradition.
  • Dr Daryoush Mohammad PoorShi’i Intellectual History; Ismaili Philosophy; Contemporary Political Theory.
  • Dr Maryam Rezaee Shi’i Studies; Women and Development; Cultural Studies; Gender; Social Policies; Research Methods.
  • Mr Riaz RhemtullaTeacher Education; Religious Education; Curriculum Development and Implementation.
  • Dr Amier Saidula – Islam in China; Ismaili Studies.
  • Dr Reza Shah-Kazemi Sufism; Qu’ranic Exegesis.
  • Dr Roy Wilson  – Applied Language Studies; International English Language Teaching; Academic literacy.
  • Mr Barry Arnold  – Curriculum Development, Mentor Training, Education Policy and Inequality.
  • Ms Kate Boldry Subject Specific Pedagogy Embedding Social Justice in Classroom Practice Wellbeing and Inclusion.
  • Mr Alan Bright (Goldsmith & IOE) – Active Learning in the Classroom: Object-based Learning: Reflection and Learning.
  • Dr Christopher Edwards – The production of history education curriculum knowledge; culture wars; critical pedagogies and constructivist learning theory.
  • Ms Sophie Kerslake – Classroom Based Action Research; Developing Innovation in Education; Curriculum Development; Mentor Training.
  • Ms Alexis StonesSacred Art; Museum Education and Theatre-in-Education.
  • Professor Afzal Ahmed – Teaching, Learning and Assessment; Lifelong Learning; Communication and Teaching Subjects through Art Forms.
  • Professor Ali Asani (Harvard) – Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures.
  • Dr Nadia Eboo Jamal – Islamic Studies; Persian history and culture in the period of Mongol rule.
  • Dr Farouk Mitha (Victoria) – Teaching Shakespeare in Secondary Schools; Muslim Intellectual History; Curriculum Development in the Humanities.
  • Dr Farouk Topan (AKU) – Oral and Written African Literature; Swahili Culture, Spirit Possession, and Islam in East Africa.
  • Dr Farid Panjwani (UCL) – Philosophy of Education; Contemporary Education in Muslim Societies; Religious Education.
  • Dr Farah Zeb  – Gender & Contemporary Islam; Islamic Studies.