Pentecostalism in Africa and worldwide, Christianity in Ethiopia; Christian missions in Africa; Islam in Africa, esp. East Africa; colonialism and religions in Africa, post-colonial and post-structuralist philosophy.
Japanese religions; pilgrimage studies; ritual enunciation, religious materiality and spirit possession; design practices and politics of urban space; generative semiotics, linguistic anthropology and actor-network-theory.
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
Professor in the Study of Religions and World Philosophies
Anthropology of religion, theory in the study of religions, continental philosophy, Gramsci and religion, intercultural and inter-religious dialogue, minorities (Dalits), mysticism and heresy, non-Western Christianities, Mediterranean anthropology; South-Asia (India, Bangladesh), Sardinia, world philosophies.
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.