Religion, Conflict and Transition

Religion, Conflict and Transition

The School’s researchers embrace the dynamics of the social contexts of religious traditions and the fashion way in which doctrines and practices evolve from and contribute to society, both within and beyond the UK. We have special expertise not only in exploring the history and contemporary engagement of the Christian theology but also in Islamic, Jewish and Eastern religions.  The latter has been, confirmed by recent appointments at both senior and junior level, and is expressed through (e.g.) the AHRC-funded network on Sufism in the Contemporary Age.

Knowledge exchange is central to this cluster’s research.  Recent activities have included: Contextualising Islam in Britain (2013), which brought together police, city council, the Glasgow Forum of Faith and Muslim organisations; Christian responses to hunger and food insecurity sponsored by Christian Aid, the Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund and the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (2012); in collaboration with the Dioceses of Glasgow and Galloway, a public seminar on Pussy Riot and civil rights in Russia (2013); a research seminar series on ritual and liturgy and their relationship to conflict and transition; a year-long series of nine lectures on Seeing God, held at the St Mungo Museum; and workshops on religious literacy at the UK Department of International Development (involving MPs, civil servants and other staff, 2013).

Associated staff:

Julie Clague, Ophira Gamliel, Charlotte Methuen, Charles Orzech, Lloyd Ridgeon, Leah Robinson, Mia Spiro, Scott Spurlock, Saeko Yazaki

Sufism in the Contemporary Age
St Mungo Museum
Theology and Religious Studies Seminars


Scott Spurlock

Dr Scott Spurlock

Senior Lecturer in Scottish Religious Cultures (Theology & Religious Studies)

Research interests: Covenanters; Ecclesiastical History; Early Modern Britain & Ireland; Oliver Cromwell; Atlantic World; Migration Studies; Social History; English Civil War; Baptist; Dissenting Culture & Education; Medieval History; Ecclesiology; National Identity;Women Religious; Recusant Studies

Ophira Gamliel

Dr Ophira Gamliel

Lecturer in South Asian Religions (Theology & Religious Studies)

Charlotte Methuen

Professor Charlotte Methuen

Professor of Church History (Theology & Religious Studies)

Research interests: Reformation History, Church History, History Of Ecumenism, History Of Women'S Ministry, Ministry In The Church

Mia Spiro

Dr Mia Spiro

Lecturer in Jewish Studies (Theology & Religious Studies)

Research interests: Jewish studies, Jewish authors, Holocaust studies, fascism and anti-fascism, literature and political resistance, British modernism, minority literature, British Jewish history, Scottish Jewish history, Israeli literature and culture, Yiddish literature, Yiddish theatre

Julie Clague

Ms Julie Clague

Lecturer in Catholic Theology (Theology & Religious Studies)

Research interests: Ethics; Bioethics; Catholicism

Saeko Yazaki

Dr Saeko Yazaki

Lecturer in Religious Studies (Islam, Muslim-Jewish relations and Japanese traditions) (Theology & Religious Studies)