SOAS University of London

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

Dr Katherine P Zebiri

BA, PhD (London)
  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Expertise
  • Publications



PhD Students supervised
  • Amina Khatun, Muslim women mystics: The faith stories of contemporary British Muslim women in the transnational Bani Alawiyya Tarīqa of Hadhramawt
  • Kamal Hussain, Epistemological Congruence of Modernist Thought: a Case Study of Minority Fiqh and Other Related Matters
  • Marta Domingue Diaz, The European Budshishiyya, local religiosities of a global Sufi Order Today


Contemporary Sufism; Muslims in Britain; conversion to Islam; modern Islamic scholarship; Qur’anic studies; Muslim-Christian relations; religion, spirituality and psychology


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Available for
  • Briefings
  • Special Study Programmes
  • Short Term Consultancy
Regional Expertise
  • Near and Middle East
Country Expertise


Authored Books

Zebiri, Kate (2008) British Muslim Converts: Choosing Alternative Lives. Oxford: Oneworld.

Zebiri, Kate (1997) Muslims and Christians face to face. Oxford: Oneworld.

Zebiri, Kate (1993) Maḥmūd Shaltūt and Islamic modernism. Oxford: Clarendon Press.


Zebiri, Kate (2012) '“Holy Foolishness” and “Crazy Wisdom” as Teaching Styles in Contemporary Western Sufism'. Religion and Literature, (44) 2, pp 93-122.

Zebiri, Kate (2009) 'The Relationship between Seeker and Spiritual Guide as portrayed in Contemporary Western Sufi Autobiographies'. Comparative Islamic Studies, (5), pp 297-333.

Zebiri, Kate (2008) 'The Redeployment of Orientalist Themes in Contemporary Islamophobia'. Studies in Contemporary Islam, (10), pp 4-44.

Zebiri, Kate (2003) 'Towards a Rhetorical Criticism of the Qur'an'. Journal of Qur'anic Studies, (5) 2, pp 95-120.

Zebiri, Kate (2000) 'Contemporary Muslim understandings of the miracles of Jesus'. Muslim World, (90) 1-2, pp 71-90.

Zebiri, Kate (1998) 'Muslim anti-secularist discourse in the context of Muslim-Christian relations'. Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, (9) 1, pp 47-64.

Zebiri, Kate (1995) 'Relations between Muslims and Non-Muslims in the thought of Western-educated Muslim intellectuals'. Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, (6) 2, pp 255-277.

Zebiri, Kate (1993) 'Islamic Revival in Algeria: An Overview'. Muslim World, (83) 3-4, pp 203-226.

Zebiri, Kate (1991) 'Shaykh Mahmud Shaltut: Between Tradition and Modernity'. Journal of Islamic Studies, (2) 2, pp 210-224.

Zebiri, Kate (1991) 'The fatwas of Mahmud Shaltut (1893-1963)'. The Maghreb Review, (16), pp 109-124.

Book Chapters

Zebiri, Kate (2011) 'Orientalist Themes in Contemporary British Islamophobia'. In: Esposito, John L. and Kalin, Ibrahim, (eds.), Islamophobia: The Challenge of Pluralism in the 21st Century. New York: Oxford University Press.

Zebiri, Kate (2006) 'Argumentation'. In: Rippin, Andrew, (ed.), The Blackwell Companion to the Qur'an. Oxford: Blackwell, pp 266-281.

Zebiri, Kate (2004) 'Polemic and Polemical Language'. In: McAuliffe, Jane Dammen, (ed.), Encyclopaedia of the Qur'an. Vol. 4. Leiden: Brill, pp 114-125.

Zebiri, Kate (2001) 'Muslim Perceptions of Christianity and the West'. In: Ridgeon, Lloyd, (ed.), Islamic Interpretations of Christianity. London: Curzon, pp 179-203.


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