Richard Todd

, Dr.

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PhD projects

• Haya Alqasem, “Rereading the Qur’an: the reformist hermeneutics of Muhammad Shahrur and ‘Adnan al-Rifa’i”
• Muhammad Yasir Al-Hanafi, "Imam al-Sanusi on the Ash'ari doctrine of God's transcendence"
• Al Muatasim Al Maawali, "A juristic and codicological study of the narration of la qirad illa bi-'ayn"
• Doaa Baumi, “Muslim perceptions of biblical lore narratives (7th-14th centuries)”
• Rawdah Gawaher, "From duality of revelation to 'by scripture alone': a comparative study of the crisis of religious authority between Protestantism and modern Islam"
• Neelam Hussain, “Manuscripts and their readers: the Sirr al-asrar and the career of a pseudo-Aristotelian treatise”
• Shazad Khan, “Qasim Nanotvi’s Maturidi theology”
• Nadir Mohammad, “The theological poetry of Ahmed Raza Khan Barelvi”
• Azra Omerbegovic, “Bosnevi’s commentary on the Fusus al-hikam”
• Muhammet Saygi, “Nasafi on the concept of faith”
• Sainulabdeen Thameem, “The portrayal of Sri Lanka (Sarandib) in medieval Arabic travel and geographical texts (9th-15th centuries)"
• Abdud Younus, "The Tafsir tradition in the Indian subcontinent: a historical analysis of Qur'anic exegesis in Arabic, Urdu, Bengali, and English."


Research activity per year

Personal profile

Research interests

  • Sufism, especially the school of Ibn 'Arabi, and its historical interaction with Avicennian philosophy
  • Arabic alchemy 
  • Islamic philosophy, especially metaphysics and the philosophy of time
  • Islamic theology
  • Esoteric commentaries on the Qur'an
  • Classical Arabic poetry
  • Christian-Muslim Relations
  • The Mingana collection of Arabic Islamic manuscripts


Since completing his doctorate at the University of Oxford, Richard Todd has taught classical Arabic literature and Islamic cultural and intellectual history at Durham University, the American University of Sharjah, and the University of Edinburgh. In 2017 he joined the Department of Theology and Religion at the University of Birmingham, where he teaches Islamic philosophy. He is the author of The Sufi Doctrine of Man: Sadr al-Din al-Qunawi's Metaphysical Anthropology (Brill 2014) and edits the Taylor & Francis journal Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Oxford

External positions

University of Oxford

Oct 2022 → …

University of St Andrews

Oct 2022 → …

University of Aberdeen

20 Sept 20141 Aug 2018


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