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The University of Edinburgh: Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations

Institution The University of Edinburgh View institution profile
Department School of Divinity
Study type Research


In this research area, you can pursue interdisciplinary study of Islamic thought and practice, and of historical, theological, ethical and political encounters between Christianity and Islam.

Research topics

Staff research interests focus on:

  • Islamic theology (kalam)

  • law (shari‘a and fiqh)

  • philosophy

  • Qur’an, Hadith, and Tafsir

  • Muslim views of Christianity and Judaism

  • Christian theological engagements with Islam

  • constructive theology and ethics from a Christian or Muslim perspective

  • Arab Christianity, classic and contemporary

  • political Islam

  • political theology

  • comparative theology

  • migration

  • religion

  • politics

Research supervisor

You can find out more and identify a potential supervisor by looking at the School’s staff profiles, which give details of research interests and publications, and email addresses.

You are encouraged to contact a potential supervisor to discuss your research project before making a formal application.

Research community

At the School of Divinity you will join a community of around 150 research students, drawn from around the world, and from a variety of religious and non-religious backgrounds.

Research reputation

You will study in a stimulating environment. The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021 ranked the School first in Scotland and fifth in the UK for its research power in theology and religious studies. The majority of the research activity of our colleagues is classed as world-leading, reflecting the vibrancy of the School’s research culture.

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The University of Edinburgh is one of the world's top universities, consistently ranked in the world top 50, and placed 27th in the 2025 QS World University Rankings.

Our position as one of Britain’s leading research universities was reaffirmed by the results of the 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF). The University of Edinburgh is one of the world’s top research-intensive universities, ranked 4th in the UK for research power (Times Higher Education, Overall Ranking of Institutions), with 90% of our research activity classified as world leading or internationally excellent in the 2021 Research Excellence Framework.

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