Ali-Reza Bhojani



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I study and teach Islamic ethics, theology and legal theory bringing together multi-disciplinary approaches to an engagement with Islamic intellectual traditions and how they relate to contemporary questions regarding religion and public life.

My research maintains a particular focus on Modern Twelver Shī ͑ī legal theory and its value as a discourse for exploring questions across philosophy and theology, in particular ethics, epistemology and hermeneutics. I also have a developing interest in anthropology. Collaborations with experienced ethnographers has pushed me to consider more carefully how lived practice relates to, and informs, philosophical and theological deliberations. This work has primarily been considering how the lived practice of shari'a can inform new questions in the study of, and constructive thinking within, Islamic legal theory.  


Alongisde my role as a Teaching Fellow in Islamic Ethics and Theology at the Univeristy of Birmingham, I am an honorary lecturer and co-director of the Centre for Intra-Muslim Studies at the Al-Mahdi Institute. After completing an undergraduate degree and professional qualifications in Optometry, I spent four years as a full-time student of Arabic and Islamic Studies at the Al-Mahdi Institute, graduating in 2008. I then moved to Durham Univeristy for 1+3 ESRC funded doctoral programme with the Centre for the Advanced Staudy of the Arab World (CASAW). I was awarded a distinction for an MA in Research Methods (International Reations and Politics) and graduated from the doctoral programme at the Institute for Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies in 2014. The thesis was published as Moral Rationalism and Shari’a (Routledge, 2015). I have since held  academic posts at the Al-Mahdi Institute, the University of Nottingham, the University of Oxford and the Markfield Institute of Higher Education.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Towards an 'Adliyya (justice) orientated reading of Shari'a , University of Durham

1 Oct 200923 Sept 2013

Award Date: 16 Jan 2014


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