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Centre of World Christianity

Members of the Centre of World Christianity

T H Barrett
T H Barrett History of Chinese religion, notably Taoism and Buddhism; pre-modern Chinese history, especially the Tang period
William Gervase Clarence-Smith
William Gervase Clarence-Smith History of Islam, sexuality, diasporas, slavery, stimulants, rubber, livestock and textiles, with special reference to Maritime South East Asia
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4608
  • Email: wc2@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 313
  • Office Hours: Thursdays 3-5pm

J F Coakley
Staff Silhouette

Lucia Dolce
Lucia Dolce Japanese religious history, especially the medieval period; Japanese Tantric Buddhism and the esotericisation of religious practice; Millenarian writings and prophecy; Kami-Buddhas associations
  • Tel: 020 7898 4217
  • Email: ld16@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 342
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 3-4pm
Mark Faulkner
Mark Faulkner

Religions of Africa


Benjamin Fortna
Ben Fortna Modern Middle Eastern History, the late Ottoman empire, late Ottoman education and literature
  • Tel: 020 7898 4632
  • Email: bf7@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 300
  • Office Hours: Mondays 2-3pm
Nelida Fuccaro
Nelida Fuccaro Modern Middle Eastern history, especially Iraq, Persian Gulf and Syria; urban history; history of violence; social and cultural history of oil ; colonialism, ethnicity and nationalism; Kurdish history
  • Tel: 020 7898 4618
  • Email: nf2@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 308
  • Office Hours: Mondays 2-4pm

Paul Gifford
Paul Gifford Christianity; recent developments in African Christianity; the socio-political role of religion in Africa Socio-political role of Christianity in Africa; Africa's new charismatic churches
Jörg Haustein
Jörg Haustein

Pentecostalism in Ethiopia, Pentecostalism in Africa and worldwide, Christian missions in Africa, Islam in East Africa, colonialism and religions in Africa.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4731
  • Email: joerg.haustein@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 451a
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 3:30-4:30 pm and by email appointment

Catherine Hezser
Catherine Hezser

Judaism in Hellenistic and Roman times; rabbinic literature; social history of Jews in late antiquity; American Jewish history and literature, Jewish identity, gender studies

  • Tel: 020 7898 4633
  • Email: ch12@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 335
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 10-11am, Thursdays 11am-12pm
Almut Hintze
Almut Hintze

Dr Hintze takes an interest in all aspects of Zoroastrianism, the religion of pre-Islamic Iran.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4598
  • Email: ah69@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 334
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 12-1pm (and by Appointment)

Erica Hunter
Erica Hunter

Eastern Christianity; Syriac Christianity in the Middle East, with particular reference to Iraq; Syriac Christianity in medieval Central Asia and China

  • Tel: 020 7898 4663
  • Email: eh9@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 339
  • Office Hours: By Email Appointment
Marloes Janson
Marloes Janson

Anthropology of religion, religious reform (Islam and Pentecostalism), transnational religious networks (Tabligh Jamaʻat), faith-based development, urban anthropology, popular culture, gender, youth, West Africa (the Gambia, Senegal and Nigeria)

  • Tel: 020 7898 4345
  • Email: mj19@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 502
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 10:30am-12:30pm (and by appointment)

Michael Jennings
Michael Jennings

Politics, governance, and civil society in sub-Saharan Africa; non-governmental organisations; faith and development; history of development processes and interventions; issues in international health and non-state actors in health delivery.

  • Tel: 0207 898 4268
  • Email: mj10@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 261
  • Office Hours: Mondays 10-12pm
Hugh N Kennedy
Staff Silhouette

Medieval history of Arabic-speaking lands.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4251
  • Email: hk1@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 436
  • On Sabbatical:Terms 1 & 2

Lars Laamann
Lars Laamann

Popular religions in early modern China (16th-20th cc); Christianity in china (18th-20th cc); Opium and other narcotics (18th-20th cc); Manchu history (16th-20th cc)

  • Tel: 020 7898 4634
  • Email: ll10@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 323
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays & Thursdays 10am-12pm
Yoseph Mengistu
Staff Silhouette

Amharic Language


David Mosse
David Mosse India, especially Tamil Nadu and adivasi western India; caste and religion, dalit politics, vernacular Christianity, environmental history, common property resources, indigenous irrigation, participatory rural development, aid agencies, anthropology of development
  • Tel: 020 7898 4426
  • Email: dm21@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 573
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 4-6pm or by email appointment
Antonello Palumbo
Staff Silhouette

Ideological history of pre-modern China; Chinese religions, notably Taoism and Buddhism; history of the Buddhist canon in China; Manichaeism and Iranian influences in medieval China; Chinese cultural relations with Central Asia

  • Tel: 020 7898 4768
  • Email: ap47@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 345
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 10am-12pm

J D Y Peel
J D Y Peel West Africa: social theory, history and anthropology, religious conversion and cultural change
Richard Reid
Richard Reid

Warfare in Eastern Africa; Politics of the Horn

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4774
  • Email: rr15@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 322
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 2.30-3.30pm or by email appointment

Mary Seeley
Mary Seeley
Nicholas Sims-Williams
Nicholas Sims-Williams Iranian and Central Asian philology; Christian and Manichaean texts from Central Asia.

Tania Tribe
Tania Tribe Painting in Africa and the Americas; theory of art with special reference to Northeastern Africa
  • Tel: 020 7898 4462
  • Email: tt10@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: B406
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 4-5pm

External Members

Allan H. Anderson
Affiliate Staff
Staff Silhouette

Global Pentecostal and Charismatic movements, especially their history in Africa and Asia; history of world Christianity.

Joel Cabrita
Affiliate Staff
Staff Silhouette

History of Christianity in Southern Africa in the late modern period; African Christianity in its global and diasporic context


David Maxwell
Affiliate Staff
Staff Silhouette

African Christianity; mission history in colonial and post-colonial settings; the religious encounter of Christianity with African traditional religion; indigenous African Christian movements; Pentecostalism, transnationalism and religious globalisation

Kevin Ward
Affiliate Staff
Staff Silhouette

Protestant Christian cooperation in colonial Kenya;  history and spirituality of the East African Revival movement; church-state relations in Uganda.