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Rev Dr Yazid Said

Theology, Philosophy and Religious Studies
0151 291 3269

Dr. Yazid Said is Lecturer in Islam. He studied Classical Arabic and English Literature at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and Christian theology at the University of Cambridge. After being ordained an Anglican priest, he completed his PhD at the University of Cambridge (2010) on the medieval Muslim theologian Abu Hamid al-Ghazali (d. 1111). He subsequently held a post-doctoral fellowship (2010-2011) at McGill University in Canada and the Woods-Gumble fellowship at the Tantur Ecumenical Institute in Jerusalem (2011-2012). From February 2013-December 2014, he was Lecturer in Islamic studies at the Mater Dei Institute of Education in Dublin. He became a research fellow at the Centre for Islamic Theology in the University of Tuebingen in Germany (2015-2016). His research is focused on medieval Muslim political and legal thought and on Christian-Muslim theological encounters, with reference to the manner in which Greek philosophical thought was appropriated in both Christian and Muslim texts. He is the author of Ghazali's Politics in Context (Routledge 2012), which was re-launched in paperback in 2017. He is the co-editor of The Future of Interfaith Dialogue: Muslim-Christian Encounters through A Common Word (Cambridge University Press, 2018). 

Currently, he is working on two projects. The first is to produce a critical edition of an Egyptian Muslim polemical manuscript against Christians and Jews in seventeenth century Ottoman Egypt. The publication seeks to contextualise the MS in relationship to medieval legal and political thought in Islam as well as to examine the intersection of Islamic law, religious and political pluralism with the Egyptian context of the text. The second project seeks to examine possible roots of Ghazali's concept of 'taste', dhawq, the illuminative fruits of systematic and divinely assisted introspection as the path to knowledge. The project compares similar sentiments found in the biblical commentaries of the Church Fathers on the psalms and in Greek philosophy and attempts to draw implications for comparative religious studies today. 
He is happy to hear from prospective students interested in MA and PhD research on topics relating to Muslim-Christian studies as well as political theology and philosophy in Islam. The Department of Theology, Philosophy, and Religious Studies at Liverpool Hope University provides an excellent basis for an interdisciplinary engagement with topics relating to inter-religious philosophical and theological research relevant to current political and religious debates in contemporary society. Application and inquiries are invited in these fields.