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…

Why Religion Still Needs to be a Right

Dr Andrew Davies, University of Birmingham There are those, undoubtedly, who think the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is in need of something of a reboot as it approaches its 70th birthday in a couple of years. They might well be right. And there’s nothing inherently unreasonable about asking former British Premier Gordon Brown to…