New H.M. King Abdullah II ibn Al Hussein of Jordan Fellow for the Study of Love in Religion appointed
The College is delighted to announce that Dr Tareq Moqbel has been appointed as the next H.M. King Abdullah II Ibn Al Hussein of Jordan Fellow for the Study of Love in Religion at Regent’s Park College, Oxford, starting from 1 September 2021.
Dr Moqbel’s research focuses on Qurʾānic exegesis (tafsīr), Qurʾānic ethics, the history of the Qurʾān, and Bible interpretation. He regularly teaches and lectures on Qurʾānic interpretation and the variant readings (qirāʾāt), and has recently defended his PhD thesis successfully at the University of Cambridge’s Faculty of Divinity. He holds a PhD in Islamic finance from the University of Durham (2015) and has published on Islamic economics and finance. He joins the College from the University of Westminster, where he has been a lecturer in the Department of Law.
Dr Moqbel will use the fellowship to explore the concept of ‘love’ as an exegetical tool in scriptural interpretation within Eastern Christian and Muslim traditions.
The H.M. King Abdullah II Ibn Al Hussein of Jordan Fellowship for the Study of Love in Religion is situated at present within a wider project for the Study of Love in Religion at Regent’s Park College, a research programme of the Oxford Centre for Religion and Culture. The Fellowship is held by a scholar in any area of Christian theology or Islamic Studies which involves the study of love, and alternates between a Christian and Islamic appointee.
The project is being run in collaboration with one of the main funders of the Fellowship, The Royal Aal Al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought in Amman, Jordan. The founder of this Institute, HRH Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad of Jordan, author of the world-renowned A Common Word (an appeal to world Christian leaders on the theme of love), is a significant personal collaborator.