Promoting Academic Scholarship

Promoting Academic Scholarship

Following a full professional search, Tariq Ramadan, a Fellow of the Middle East Centre, was appointed the first holder of the H.H. Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies in October 2009. During his professorship, he taught at the CIS for part of each academic year. In 2011-12 he taught the topic of Social Justice, Civil Society and Democracy from an Islamic Perspective within the Masters in Arts in Public Policy in Islam course. In 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16 he taught within the Masters in Arts in Comparative Religions, the topic of Sharia, Ethics and Sufism covering the Islamic legal tradition, spirituality and ethics. In 2016-17 he taught Political Islam within the Masters in Contemporary Muslim Societies. In 2017-2018, he taught Islamic philosophy and theology.

Other Fellows at St Antony’s College also collaborated with staff at the CIS to help develop course modules for one of the CIS's Masters of Arts courses in relation to contemporary Islamic thought and societies. 

In February 2017 CISOQ helped to facilitate a highly successful weekend residential course on the theme of “An Introduction to Islamic Ethics”, hosted by the University of Oxford’s Department for Continuing Education, at the kind invitation of Marianne Talbot, Director of Studies in Philosophy. The course was attended by 50 students coming from various backgrounds and regions of the UK. Course tutors were Tariq Ramadan and Sharif Hasan al-Banna, Director of the Islamic Institute for Development & Research (IIDR) and Marianne Talbot.

In February 2015 the programme welcomed four second-year Masters students from the CIS to the Middle East Centre at St Antony’s College in a research study visit, specifically aimed at providing academic support and advice as the students worked on their Masters research and theses. The students made the most of their four weeks with us, participating in student seminars, attending classes and lectures, meeting for one-to-one tutorials with their designated Oxford supervisor as well as presenting their own Masters research to students of the Middle East Centre's Modern Middle Eastern Studies graduate taught courses. The students had opportunities to meet with other Oxford academics – such as Professor Kalypso Nicolaidis, in her capacity both as a member of the St Antony’s College European Studies Centre and as the Director for Politics and International Relations – as well as guest speakers to Oxford and the wider Oxford community. A similar four-week study visit was organised in February 2019 with a further four second-year Masters students from the CIS. CISOQ continues to work with the CIS following the success of these study visits, so as to consider opportunities for similar visits in the future.                                               

April 2015 saw Dr Walter Armbrust, Dr Michael Willis and Professor Eugene Rogan, Fellows at the Middle East Centre, participate in a teaching visit to the CIS, aimed at providing a continued Oxford academic presence at the CIS for part of their Spring semester. The Fellows met with CIS students and staff, combining guest seminars with public lectures and individual tutorials with CIS Masters students.