Dr Afifi Al-Akiti is KFAS Fellow in Islamic Studies and Islamic Centre Lecturer in Islamic Studies at the Faculty of Theology, University of Oxford, as well as College Lecturer in World Religions at Worcester College. Dr Al-Akiti completed his DPhil in Medieval Arabic Thought from Oxford University as a Clarendon Scholar in 2008. His thesis identifies and systematically considers for the first time a group of philosophical writings, called the Madnun corpus, attributed to Islam's greatest theologian, al-Ghazali (d. 505/1111) - his discoveries are based on a painstaking survey of nearly 50 medieval Arabic manuscripts. Besides acquainting scholars with this remarkable new body of source material, his three-volume study presents a critical edition of the most advanced and technical work of this corpus, the manual on metaphysics and natural philosophy called the Major Madnun.
Dr Al-Akiti, who comes from Malaysia, is trained as a theologian and philologist in both the Islamic and Western traditions: educated originally at the feet of the ulema of the Muslim world, he subsequently received a First Class degree in Scholastic Philosophy and History of Science from the Queen's University of Belfast, where he was awarded various scholarships to read for his Masters and Doctoral degrees at Oxford. His areas of expertise are Islamic theology, philosophy and science.
Dr Thomas Dahnhardt was educated at the University of Venice (Italy) in Modern Oriental Languages (Hindi and Urdu), focusing in his MA dissertation on the translation and comment of an early 19th century text on Sufi doctrine and methodology. Whilst at SOAS he moved into comparative religious studies, writing his doctoral thesis on the spiritual and social cross-cultural link between orthodox Muslim Sufi authorities and Hindi initiates.
Dr Dahnhardt's current research interest centres on Hindu-Muslim relations on the Indian subcontinent, with special emphasis on the investigation of common grounds in the field of cosmological and metaphysical doctrine and its related methodologies of spiritual advancement.
Dr Adeel Malik obtained his DPhil in economics from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar in 2004. As part of his doctoral research, Dr Malik investigated the causes and consequences of economic fluctuations in developing countries. Before joining the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, Dr Malik held several policy and research appointments.
Dr Malik's previous research affiliations include: the Center for International Development at Harvard University (Visiting Research Fellow, Summer 2001), The World Bank (Research Assistant, Summer 2000), Said Business School, Oxford University (Research Assistant, 2003-04) and Department of Economics, Oxford University (2004-5). He has also been a Stipendiary Lecturer in Economics at Merton College, Oxford (2002-03). Dr Malik is a development macroeconomist by training and conducts empirical research on issues of growth, fluctuations and political economy.
Dr Basil Mustafa, MSc (Leeds); PhD (Loughborough); M.Ed (Oxon) is Nelson Mandela Fellow in Educational Studies and Kellogg College Tutor at the Department for Continuing Education, University of Oxford. He is also Bursar at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies. Dr Mustafa has been closely involved with a range of activities concerned with the educational needs of ethnic minority groups and with interfaith dialogue.
Dr Mustafa is an active member of the Abrahamic Faith Group convened by the Bishop of Oxford and has organized training workshops for RE teachers in state schools.
Dr Professsor Francis Robinson , CBE, MA, PhD (Cantab), FRHistSoc., FRAS, FRSA, was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he was a Prize Fellow 1969-73. Since 1973 he has been at Royal Holloway, University of London, where in 1990 he became Professor of the History of South Asia. From 1997 to 2004 he was Vice-Principal and then Senior Vice-Principal. He has been much involved in promoting scholarship in relation to Asia; in 1997-2000 and 2003-06 he was President of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland.
Professor Robinson's research interests focus on religious change in the Muslim world since 1800 in particular and on the history of the Muslims of South Asia in general. Amongst his publications are: Separatism among Indian Muslims: The Politics of the United Provinces' Muslims (1974); Atlas of the Muslim World since 1500 (1982); Islam and Muslim History in South Asia (2000); The `Ulama of Farangi Mahall and Islamic Culture in South Asia (2001); Islam, South Asia and the West (2007); The Mughals (2007); ed., Islam in the Age of Western Domination: New Cambridge History of Islam V (2008, forthcoming).
Professor Mohammad Talib, PhD (Jamia Millia University), Fellow in Anthropology of Muslim Societies and Islamic Centre Lecturer in the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Oxford. Professor Talib has conducted fieldwork among Muslim communities in India with particular reference to cultural and religious practices.
Professor Talib has written research papers on Islamic seminaries and Sufi monasteries. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Centre for Education and Communication and has initiated a project on pedagogy and sociology, which promotes greater understanding among students of the dynamics of sociological fieldwork.