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Cambridge Inter-Faith Programme

 

Professor Esra Özyürek – Academic Director

Esra Özyürek joined University of Cambridge after having taught at the London School of Economics and University of California, San Diego. Esra's research explores the tension between the universalism and particularism of globally appealing religious and post-religious belief and value systems. She has published widely, including 'Being German, Becoming Muslim: Race, Religion, and Conversion in the New Europe.', 'Nostalgia for the Modern: State Secularism and Everyday Politics in Turkey.' and 'Muslim Minorities as Germany’s Past Future: Islam Critics, Holocaust Memory, and Immigrant Integration'.

 

Dr Daniel Weiss - Chair of CIP Management Committee

Daniel H. Weiss is Senior Lecturer in Jewish Studies in the Divinity Faculty, having joined the Faculty in 2010, after previously teaching at the University of Virginia and at Oberlin College.  He earned his PhD at the University of Virginia, after having received his Bachelor's degree from Princeton University and a Masters of Theological Studies degree from Harvard Divinity School.  Dr Weiss's research interests include the study of Judaism, theories and practices of interreligious communication, and philosophy of religion.

  

Dr Giles Waller - Teaching Associate in Christian Theology & Research Associate in Inter-Faith Relations             

Giles Waller joined the team in 2014. Formerly assisting CIP’s former Director Professor David Ford, he is now Teaching Associate in Christian Theology. Giles read Theology and Religious Studies at Peterhouse, Cambridge, where he also completed an MPhil. His doctoral research, also at Peterhouse, focused on the borderlands of Christian doctrine, literature, and philosophy, looking at the theological reception of Greek tragedy, with a particular comparative interest in Martin Luther’s theology of the cross. In 2011, along with Kevin Taylor, Giles edited a collection that brought together theologians and literary scholars, Christian Theology and Tragedy: Theologians, Tragic Literature and Tragic Theory (Ashgate), to which he contributed an essay on the role of tragedy in the work of Donald MacKinnon.

 

Dr Safet HadžiMuhamedović - Research Associate in Inter-Faith Relations 

Safet HadžiMuhamedović is an anthropologist of sacred landscapes, syncretism and inter-faith relations. He earned his PhD in Anthropology from Goldsmiths, an MPhil in Social Anthropology from the University of Cambridge and BA degrees in History of Art and Sociology from the University of Sarajevo and Kenyon College. He has conducted long-term ethnographic fieldwork in Bosnia, as well as stints of research in Palestine, Israel and the Basque Country. Safet joined the CIP team in 2020, after convening anthropological courses on landscapes, religion, gender, kinship, Islam, social theories, politics, economics and research methods at SOAS University of London, the University of Bristol, Goethe University Frankfurt and Goldsmiths University of London. His current major project investigates syncretic cosmologies and subterranean rivers in south Bosnia. Safet is the author of Waiting for Elijah: Time and Encounter in a Bosnian Landscape (2018) and the co-editor (with Marija Grujić) of Post-Home: Dwelling on Loss, Belonging and Movement (2019)At CIP, Safet is the PI on the Shared Sacred project, supported by the Public Engagement Starter Fund and a co-convenor of the CIP Academic Summer School in Inter-Faith Relations 2021. 

 

Dr Julia Snyder - Research Associate

Julia Snyder joined the Faculty of Divinity in 2020. She completed her PhD in New Testament and Early Christianity at the University of Edinburgh, and worked as a lecturer and researcher at the University of Tübingen and the University of Regensburg before coming to Cambridge. Her areas of research include both early Christian texts and contemporary interfaith relations. 

Latest news

New CIP videos: Research Seminar in Inter-religious Relations and a Cambridge Festival panel

30 May 2021

Check out the recordings of our recent events, including a Cambridge Festival 2021 panel and three talks for the CIP Research Seminar in Inter-religious Relations. 12...

Professor Esra Özyürek's talk on Holocaust memory for 'This is Germany'

30 May 2021

Professor Esra Özyürek recently spoke for the initiative 'This is Germany' about her research on Holocaust memory and the Muslim minority in Germany. To view the video on...

New Publication: Theologies of Reading (Special Issue of CounterText)

28 April 2021

Theologies of Reading: Positions and Responses , the new issue of CounterText , edited by Laura McCormick Kilbride, Simone Kotva and Ruth Jackson Ravenscroft, has been published.