The Academic Team
Dr Ida Glaser
Working on hermeneutics and on Genesis
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Dr Danny Crowther
Working on the Psalms and the Qur’an
Danny is a postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Muslim-Christian Studies Oxford and an Associate Member of the Faculty of Theology and Religion at the University of Oxford. He is currently writing a book on the Psalms and the Qur’an to be published in the Routledge ‘Reading the Bible in the Context of Islam’ series (Series Editors Ida Glaser and Shabbir Akhtar). His research considers how two very different kinds of scripture can have so similar functions in personal prayer, contain so many similar themes and take such similar forms.
Danny has also been our lead editor in the forthcoming edited collection which will launch the ‘Reading the Bible in the Context of Islam’ series and most probably bear this name as its title. Danny’s paper in that collection is entitled ‘The Culture Shock of the Bible.’ This paper considers the many different ways in which the text, contexts and collection(s) of the Bible (Jewish, Protestant, Catholic, Orthodox etc.) differ from Qur’anic norms of what scripture is (and what it is not) and how it functions. As a Christian scholar, Danny suggests that Christians can learn much about the nature of their own scriptures by considering how they differ from Qur’anic norms.
Danny is an active member of the Psalms Network in TORCH (The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities) where he can be found at torch.ox.ac.uk/psalms. He is also an active member of the Old Testament Faculty Seminar where he can be found most Monday afternoons of term time. In November 2016, he co-ordinated an academic conference on the Masora conference with Professors Jan Joosten (Hebrew, Oxford) and Joanna Weinberg (Rabbinic Studies, Oxford). He is currently working with them to produce a book from the papers given (including his) to be published in the new Brill series ‘Supplements to the Textual History of the Bible.’ Danny also has an article entitled ‘Qumran and Qur’an: David Livingstone and Zaid ibn Thabit amongst the Masoretes’ forthcoming in the Journal of Old Testament Study. The article compares the textual history of the Hebrew Bible and that of the Qur’an in the light of the Dead Sea Scrolls.
In his spare time, Danny enjoys life with his wife (Suzanne) and family and is writing a book entitled ‘Introduction to the Te’amim: understanding and enjoying the squiggles in the Hebrew Bible’ in the shed at the end of the garden. His wife cannot believe that anyone could be so enthusiastic about something so boring, let alone write a book.
Senior Research Scholar
Dr Shabbir Akhtar
Working on an Islamic view of Galatians
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Dr Shirin Shafaie
Working on Qur’anic and Biblical narratives of Joseph
Shirin is a post-doctoral researcher and a member of the ‘Reading the Bible in the Context of Islam’ project at CMCS Oxford. She is one of the editors of the volume on ‘Reading the Bible in Islamic Contexts’ (Routledge, 2017) where she also has a chapter on an intertextual reading of the Joseph Stories in Genesis and the Qur’an. She is currently writing a monograph on ‘Reading Genesis 37-50 in the Context of Islam’.
Shirin studied Philosophy and Philosophy of Art in Tehran; and Middle East Politics, and Film and TV in London. She completed her doctoral research on ‘Contemporary Iranian War Narratives: A Dialectical Discourse Analysis’ at SOAS, University of London, where she currently teaches a module in Middle East Politics.
Her research interests are narrative theory, critical war studies, and faith-based diplomacy. She has worked with victims of chemical weapons and war-related mental illness and has been involved in a number of projects and civil-society movements for inter-religious peace and understanding.
In addition to her research activities, Shirin is the Director of Visual Academics Ltd. that provides professional filmmaking services to universities.