The Islamic Studies research cluster


The Islamic Studies Research Cluster works in close collaboration with the Centre for the Study of Islam. It brings together Institute staff and students engaged in the study of any aspect of the Islamic tradition, Islamic thought and Muslim communities past and present, and employing a range of disciplines from across the Humanities and Social Sciences. It coordinates regular events and seminars for the exchange of specialist research expertise and experiences; theory, fieldwork and methodology workshops; reading groups on seminal and recent articles in the field, and career development opportunities and advice for emerging scholars. The cluster also acts as a hub for developing collective research projects and grant applications. 


Dr Suha Taj-Farouki (Cluster Lead),  Dr Mustafa Baig (Cluster Deputy), Prof Sajjad Rizvi, Dr Leonard Lewisohn, Prof Rob Gleave,  Prof Ian Netton ( Emeritus) Dr István Kristó-Nagy


8-9 June 2015 Researching the Middle East: Fieldwork, Archives, Issues, and Ethics Conference

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Research titles with supervisors

Current / Previous research titlesPrimary supervisor
Quranic Ethics Prof Sajjad Rizvi
God-Consciousness, Reification and Religious Practice in Islam Prof Sajjad Rizvi
Rebuilding the Iraqi state by the USA 2003-2011 Prof Sajjad Rizvi
Ethics & its relationship to Time & Ontology in Islamic-Persian Philosophical tradition Dr Leonard Lewisohn
Abbasid Period (the golden age of Islam). Prof Ian Netton
Theological Aspects of Nahj Al-bal"àghah Prof Sajjad Rizvi
The practice of Islam in Spain after 897/1492 relating to the case of Cosme Abenamir. Prof Ian Netton
Urban Society in al-Yamama. Prof Ian Netton
Delight of the Eye in the descriptions of the two holy mosques. Prof Ian Netton
The patterns of argumentation and its linguistic techniques in the poetic discourse of Al-Diwan group. Prof Ian Netton
Humour in the Corpus. Prof Ian Netton
Mulla Sadra & school of Shiraz. Prof Sajjad Rizvi
The relationship between development of fundamentals of Shiite jerisprudance and development of Shiite political thought from Shaikh Mortada Al-Ansary to now. Prof Robert Gleave
Abdul Malik bin Marwan - A revisionist approach to the Umayyad History. Prof Ian Netton
Foremost among believers; the Egyptians in the Qur'an, Islamic Exegesis and Islamic tradition. Prof Ian Netton
The mystic heritage of the concept of Velayat in Shi'ism, Shaykhism and Baha'ism: A comparative perspective Prof Sajjad Rizvi
Avicenna on the Logic of Scientific Discovery: A Study in the Epistemological Dimension of the Kitab al-Burhan. Prof Sajjad Rizvi
Sufism, modernity, and Britain : re-evaluating the Qadiriyya and Dhahabiyya Prof Ian Netton
Silent resilience versus resolution. Prof Robert Gleave
The Impact of Modernity upon MarjaYiyya - the Paradigm Shift in ijtihAd from the Nineteenth Century. Prof Robert Gleave
Dynamics of Islam & democracy in Tajikistan. Dr Suha Taji-Farouki
The divine names of God (asma alhusna), within contemporary philosophical paradigms and cultural contexts. Prof Sajjad Rizvi
The Islamic Endowment-Waqf-in the first three Islamic Centuries Prof Ian Netton
Exploring the experiemental dimension of God for christians and muslims through the mediation of esoterism. Prof Ian Netton
Philosophy 20th century Iran. Prof Sajjad Rizvi
Visual anthropology - web based cultural representation. Prof Robert Gleave
The contribution of Mar Saba to the Arabisation of Palestinian Christianity in the context of its interaction with its Abbasid and Fatimid rulers. Prof Robert Gleave
A comparative study of key concepts from Ibn / Arabi to Nizari Quhistani Prof Robert Gleave
Ismaili Neoplatonism in Two Fatimid Texts: A Comparative Study of al-Sijistani's al-Yanabi and Nasir Khusraw's Khwan al-ikhwan with an annotated English translation of Khwan al-ikhwan Prof Sajjad Rizvi
People of scripture:  analytical study of Jews and Christians in the Qur'an. Prof Ian Netton
Wikala of the Imans. Prof Ian Netton
Sectarian Polemics within Sunni Islam. Prof Ian Netton
How Shia Identity in the Safavid time has been expressed in the hadith literature. Prof Robert Gleave
Comparative study of the approaches of the Maktab-e Tafkik and the Akhbariy School to the Epistemology of the Functionality of Intellect. Prof Robert Gleave
Salafism in 20th century. Prof Robert Gleave
Ibn Hazm and Zahiri School. Prof Robert Gleave
Islamic Education in Ottoman Egypt (1517-1805). Prof Ian Netton
The life, thought and works of Muhammad Lahiji (d.1507) and his place in Safavid Intellectual history. Dr Leonard Lewisohn
Contemporary Muslim Thought in dialogue with Liberation Theology and Critical Theory; towards an inter-religious, inter-disciplinary "Theory of Liberation". Dr Suha Taji-Farouki
Governance and accountability frameworks of Islamic philanthropy. Dr Suha Taji-Farouki
Autonomy, faith and the creation of religious identity in Post-Revolutionary Iran Prof Sajjad Rizvi
Arabicizing the muwashshah and kharja:  The origins and evolutions of Muslim frontier poetry. Prof Ian Netton
Metaphors in the Quran Prof Robert Gleave
The Yashrutiyya in Israel and Lebanon. Prof Ian Netton
Legitimate and Illegitimate violence in Islamic Thought Messianism and violence in Islam. Prof Robert Gleave
Martyrdom Prof Sajjad Rizvi
Minority Muslim Communities in 20th Century South East Asia - integration, assimilation and confrontation with non-Muslim majority societies. Prof Sajjad Rizvi
Quaranic notions of ethics. Prof Robert Gleave