Woman’s Hour: “Women’s Involvement in Terrorism”

Dr Katherine Brown continues to share her expertise following on from the work discussed in ‘Women and ISIS: Katherine Brown opens up the conversation‘ with an appearance this week on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour. In response to reports about the French investigation into three women’s alleged involvement in an alleged foiled attack in Paris and…

Young Sikhs and interfaith marriage

Dr Jagbir Jhutti-Johal has contributed to Herpreet Kaur Grewal’s recent article in the Independent: If young Sikhs protesting interfaith marriage are asserting their religious identity, these are the battles they should be fighting The article comes in the wake of a group of armed protesters occupying the entrance of the Lemington Spa Gurdwara on 11th September in protest…

Guest blog post: A Call to Mercy

Dr Simon Yarrow of the School of History and Cultures at the University of Birmingham discusses the life and work of Mother Teresa in the context of her canonization on 4th September 2016.   Nineteen years ago last week two women famous throughout the world died. The first of them was known for her charity…

The existential war between Islamic State and secular France

Professor Jocelyne Cesari (Professor of Religion and Politics and Director of Research for the Edward Cadbury Centre based in the Department of Theology and Religion), has had a piece published in The Conversation this week. In her piece The existential war between Islamic State and secular France Professor Cesari explores the complex relationship between secular France, Muslims, and IS in the wake of…

Religion in public life: levelling the ground

Between 1 and 10 March 2016 the Department of Theology and Religion was very pleased to welcome Professor Grace Davie, University of Exeter, to speak on ‘Religion in Public Life:  Levelling the Ground’. Grace is one of the leading academics in the world working in the field of sociology of religion and it was an honour to…

POSTnote: Addressing Islamic Extremism

Dr Katherine Brown, Lecturer in Islamic Studies in the Department of Theology and Religion, has been thanked for her contribution to the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST)’s most recent public policy briefing. The POST have focused on Islamic extremism, radicalisation and deradicalisation, and policy responses to violent and non-violent extremism in their May POSTnote. POSTnotes are based on literature reviews…

Women and ISIS: Katherine Brown opens up the conversation

Dr Katherine Brown, Lecturer in Islamic Studies, has been discussing the topic of the recruitment of women by ISIS in a series of panels, talks, and lectures in the last month. Katherine’s work focuses on gender and jihadi ideologies, and the impact of counter-terrorism efforts on religious women’s rights and Muslim communities. Katherine E. Brown, an associate professor of Islamic…

New publication: ‘Judging YHWH in the Book of Judges’

The latest publication from Dr Deryn Guest, Senior Lecturer in Biblical Hermeneutics in the department, is now available as a contribution to The Oxford Handbook of Biblical Narrative. Deryn’s work exploring ‘Judging YHWH in the Book of Judges’ takes an innovative look at the character of YHWH and particularly at the interaction with gender, cultural mores, and…

Publication of edition of early Qur’anic manuscripts

After her ground breaking discovery of one of the oldest surviving fragments of the Qur’an being held at the University of Birmingham Cadbury Research Library in summer 2015, Dr Alba Fedeli (the researcher behind the discovery) has published her reconstruction of the Qur’anic undertext of the Mingana-Lewis palimpsest held in Cambridge University Library. This manuscript contains portions of…

Glowing review for former PhD student’s thesis

Robert J. Foster’s book  The Significance of Exemplars for the Interpretation of the Letter of James (Mohr Siebeck 2014) has been reviewed by Herbert W. Bateman IV in the latest issue of the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society (Volume 59, No. 1 — March 2016). Foster’s book is a revised version of his PhD thesis completed in…

‘The Battle for Christianity’, BBC documentary

‘The Battle for Christianity’ is a 60 minute BBC documentary that aired on 22 March 2016 and featured Dr Sarah Dunlop, Research Fellow at the Department of Theology and Religion working in the Edward Cadbury Centre for the Public Understanding of Religion. Dr Sarah Dunlop Presented by Dr Robert Beckford of Canterbury Christ Church University,…

Celebrating Vaisakhi at 10 Downing Street

On Wednesday 13 April Dr Jagbir Jhutti-Johal (Senior Lecturer in Sikh Studies, Department of Theology and Religion) was invited by the Prime Minister to attend a reception at 10 Downing Street to celebrate Vaisakhi. Vaisakhi celebrates the founding of the Khalsa Sikh community and in the spirit of this celebration the Prime Minister spoke to the…