SOAS University of London

Department of the Languages and Cultures of the Near and Middle East

Dr Mohammed Gamal Abdelnour

BA (Al-Azhar University), MA (Durham)
  • Teaching
  • Research


Mohammed Metawea
Near and Middle East Section, School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

Postdoctoral Researcher in Islamic Studies

Dr Mohammed Gamal Abdelnour
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Gamal received his primary, secondary, and undergraduate studies at Al-Azhar in Egypt, graduating as valedictorian of his class with a bachelor’s in Islamic Studies in 2011. He then completed his MA in Catholic Theology at the University of Durham, U.K, funded by the British Chevening Scholarship. He did his PhD at SOAS in Comparative Theology, supervised by Prof. Muhammad Abdel Haleem, Dr. Erica Hunter, and Dr. Mustafa Shah. His thesis was examined and successfully defended at Cambridge University by Prof. Rowan Williams and Prof. Ian Netton. Gamal then was offered a two-year postdoctoral research fellowship from the Centre of Islamic Studies at SOAS in September 2019. His post-doctoral research comes as a continuation to his PhD thesis. It deals with the question of how the Quran uses the term kufr (disbelief) and how this impacts the Islamic Theology of interfaith marriages.


1. ‘Muslim Modernists’, in The Oxford Handbook of Islamic Reformism, contracted article coming out in 2021.

2. ‘Islamic Theology of Interfaith Marriages between Theology, Law and Sociology’, in the Journal of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations (under review).

3. What is an Authentic Believer? A Comparative History of Catholic and Ash‘arī Theologies of Truth and Salvation (Revised PhD thesis under review with Brill Publishers).

4. From The Higher Objectives of Islamic Law to the Higher Objectives of Islamic Theology: Towards Building a Theory of Maqāṣid al-‘Aqīdah (A monograph under review with Brill Publishers).

5. Review of: Wael B. Hallaq, ‘Reforming Modernity: Ethics and the New Human in the Philosophy of Abdurrahman Taha’, in the Journal of Islamic Ethics, Vol. 3. Iss. 1-2 (Leiden: Brill, 2019), pp. 238-243.

6. ‘Muhammad abu Zahra’s Muslim Theology of Religions’, in Religious Imaginations: How Narratives of Faith are Shaping Today's World (London: Gingko Library, December 2018).

7. 'If one faith is true, does this mean all others are false?', in Inter-religious Insights (London: World Congress of Faith (WCF), December 2017). The winning script in the 2017 annual essay competition.


  • Al-Azhar University, Egypt

  • British Council, Egypt



  • Comparative Religion
  • Comparative Theology
  • Theology of Religions
  • kalām
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Islamic Political Theory