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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: Thursdays 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
Hugh N Kennedy

Medieval history of Arabic-speaking lands.

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: By email appointment only
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

Research Associates

Sitna Quiroz
Research Associate
Sitna Quiroz

Pentecostalism, gender, and kinship relations, esp. in  West Africa

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

John Healey
Affiliate Staff
Staff Silhouette

Syriac-speaking Christianity, especially its earlier history and its emergence from the Aramaic-speaking environment of the Roman/Byzantine Near East; the development of the Syriac scripts and language; early contacts between Syriac Christians and Muslims; other religious minorities in the Middle East (Jews, Mandaeans, Gnostics); the present situation of the Middle East Christians; Syriac liturgy. In addition, Professor Healey has worked extensively in the early alphabet, Hebrew Bible, Nabataea and Palmyra.

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.