K Humayun Ansari, Professor
Dr Humayun Ansari is Professor of the History of Islam and Cultural Diversity, Department of History, and Director of the Centre for Minority Studies at Royal Holloway, University of London. He has conducted research and provided consultancy and training in the field of ethnic minority issues and equal opportunities for a range of organisations in the public, private and voluntary sectors, including government departments and agencies, the health sector, the police, the probation service, further and higher education, and within industry and commerce. His academic research includes ethnicity, identity, migration, multiculturalism and Islamophobia. He has written extensively on the subject of Muslims in Western society, cultural diversity and cross-cultural issues. He is author of The Infidel Within, Muslims in Britain Since 1800, The Emergence of Socialist Thought Among North Indian Muslims (1917-1947) and co-author of Managing Cultural Diversity At Work.
Aziz al-Azmeh, Professor
Professor Al-Azmeh has taught extensively in Europe, the Middle East and North America. He obtained his D Phil in Oriental Studies from the University of Oxford. His publications in English include Islams and Mdernities and Muslim Kingship (2009). Since 2002, Professor Al-Azmeh has been at the Central European University, Budapest where he is CEU University Professor in the School of History a Interdisciplinary Historical Studies.
Jason Edwards, Lecturer
Dr Edwards has been a lecturer in politics at Birkbeck, University of London since 2002. He teaches social and political theory, and the philosophy of the social sciences. He is the author of The Radical Attitude and Modern Political Theory (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007), as well as articles in journals such as Political Studies, Contemporary Political Theory, and Economy and Society.
Karim Javan, Lecturer
Mr Javan received his MPhil in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies from the University of Cambridge. He has taught English and Persian in Iran and England and has published a biographical article in Persian entitled Shah Karim al Huseini - The Fourth Aga Khan.
Wadad Kadi, Professor
Dr Kadi has been a professor of Islamic Thought at the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilisations at the Unviersity of Chicago, USA since 1988. Her publications include: The Impact of the Qur'an on the Epistolography of Abd al-Hamid; and The Imitations of Qur'anic Usage in Early Arabic Poetry: The Example of a Kharijite Poem. Her research interests include: Arabic literature and Islamic Studies; the Qur'an's influence on Arabic prose; Islamic political thought; early Islamic theology and sectarianism; early Islamic administrative history; and Islamic papyrology.
Azim Nanji, Professor
Professor Azim Nanji was Director of the Institute of Ismaili Studies from 1998 to 2008. In 2008, he became a faculty member in religious studies as part of the Abbasi Programme in Islamic Studies at Stanford University. Previously, he was Professor and Chair of the Department of Religion at the University of Florida and has held academic and administrative appointments at various American and Canadian universities. Professor Nanji has authored, co-authored and edited several books including: The Nizari Ismaili Tradition (1976), The Muslim Almanac (1996), Mapping Islamic Studies (1997) and The Historical Atlas of Islam (with M. Ruthven) (2004) and The Dictionary of Islam (with Razia Nanji), Penguin 2008. In addition, he has contributed numerous shorter studies and articles on religion, Islam and Ismailism in journals and collective volumes including The Encyclopaedia of Islam, Encyclopaedia Iranica, Oxford Encyclopaedia of the Modern Islamic World, and A Companion to Ethics.
Ali Paya, Professor
Professor Paya is a Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the Department of Politics and International Relations, School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Languages, at the University of Westminster. He is also a Professor at the Islamic College (London) and at the National Research Institute for Science Policy in Iran. He has conducted research in various fields including: futures studies; cultural, social and ethical impact of modern sciences and technologies; indigenous knowledge; methodologies of social and human sciences; and legacy of Muslim intellectuals. His publications include, An Intelligent Person’s Guide to Critical Rationalism (forthcoming 2013), Analytic Philosophy: Problems, Prospects, and Applications, two volumes, (2012); Habermas and Iranian Intellectuals, co-authored, (2012); Human and Social Sciences in Iran: A Critical Pathology, co-authored (2012); Socio-Cultural Impact of the Fourth Wave of Scientific and Technological Development, co-authored (2011); Iraq, Democracy and the Future of tThe Muslim World, co-edited, (2011).
Robert Rollinger, Professor
Dr Rollinger has been Professor at the Institute for Ancient History, Languages and Cultures of the Ancient Orient at Leopold Franzens University in Innsbruck since 1990. From 2003 to 2004 he was also visiting professor at the University of Graz, Institute for Ancient History. His publications include Herodot's Babylonian logos; Early forms of historical thought in Ur III and Isin-Larsa and Ancient Greece and the ancient Near East. His expertise and research interests include: ancient languages and cultures of the ancient Near East; the interaction between the cultural spaces with a focus on the period from the 8th to the 5th centuries B.C.E.; gender roles in Late Hellenism and the early Imperial period; the ethnography of the reception of gender in antiquity; cultural exchange between the ancient Near East and the Mediterranean World; the history of the ancient Orient (1st Millennium B.C.E.); the culture of the Greek Archaic period; the Achaemenid dynasty; and ancient historiography.
Peter O'Neill, Lecturer
Dr Peter O’Neill began his career as a classicist, lecturing at Iowa State University and the University of Exeter. He then moved into a more pedagogical role, focusing in particular on Academic Writing. In this role, he co-edited two recent volumes: Writing in the Disciplines, co-edited (2011) and Inclusive Practices, Inclusive Pedagogies: Learning from Widening Participation Research in Art and Design Higher Education (CHEAD / ukadia / ADM-HEA Subject Centre). He currently works at the School of Arts and Humanities, King’s College London.
Amine Cakir Surmeli, Instructor
Dr Amine Cakir Surmeli is a Turkish language instructor at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, where she teaches elementary written, intensive and advanced Turkish. From 1993 to 2008 she was an English language instructor at Çukurova University, YADIM (Foreign Languages Research and Application Centre). She was also a member of the YADIM project unit, where she worked on various EU projects. She was, between 2004 and 2007, a German and Turkish Instructor in Turkey, having taught Turkish both as a private language course, and at YADIM for Erasmus students coming from all over Europe. She is an adjunct professor at Maryland University - Europe, Incirlik/Adana.