Dr. Fatima Tofighi

Research associate

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Dr. Fatima Tofighi

Research associate


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  • Qur'anic and Biblical exegesis
  • critical approaches in the study of religions
  • gender and religion


Paul’s Letters and the Construction of the European Self, (London: Bloomsbury, 2017).

Modern Approaches and Methods in the Interpretation of Sacred Scriptures (Farsi), Tehran: Kargadan, 2022.

Articles and Book Chapters

“Najaf-Quli Danish Tabrizi,” Christian-Muslim Relations: A Bibliographical History 1500-1900, edited by John Chesworth, (Brill: 2023).

“The Reception of Pauline Mysticism: An Ideological Critique” New Testament Studies 68:4 (2022), 363-374. doi:10.1017/S0028688522000133.

“Comparative Studies of the Qur’an and the Bible: Problems and Solutions” (Farsi, co-authored with Muhammad Haghani Fazl) in Qur’anic Studies and Islamic Culture (2022), 1-26.

“An Ethically Responsible Reading of the Bible: A Muslim Perspective on the Veiling of Women in Paul’s Letters,” Concilium (2022).

“Hermeneutics, Political Culture, and Liberalism in Islamic Modernity: Problematizing the Interpretation of the Qur’an in Far-Right Populism,” in The Spirit of Populism: Political Theologies in Polarized Times, edited by Joshua Ralston and Ulrich Schmiedel, (Brill: 2021).

Radical Virtues: Practices of the Body among Iranian Revolutionaries of the 1960s and 70s",Middle Eastern Studies (2021); doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/00263206.2021.1941899.

“Twentieth Century Iranian Messianism,” in Critical Dictionary of Apocalyptic and Millenarian Movements, edited by James Crossley and Alistair Lockhart, 15 January 2021 

“Religious Rituals as Civil Hexis: The Case of Modernist Interpretations of Islamic Rituals among Iranian Pre-revolutionary Intellectuals,” Method and Theory in the Study of Religion 32:3 (2020), 185-204.

“The Prophetic and the Limitation of Authority in Modernist Islam,” Political Theology 21:1-2 Special Issue on Prophetic Politics (2020), 126-141.

“The Reception History of the Veil Verses in the Qur’an, in Light of Cultural Theory” (Farsi) Religious Studies, 5:9 (2017), 67-91.

“Sexual Difference’ in the Reception History of Qur'an 4:34,” (Farsi, co-authored with Sajedeh Yusefi) Women’s Studies 9:3 (2018), 29-50.

“Unveiling Pauline Women in Modern Europe,” in The Bible, Feminism, and Gender: Remapping the Field, ed. Yvonne Sherwood, (Oxford University Press, 2017), 477-492

“Corinthian Women in Pauline Rome: Feminism and Political Liberation,” in Gender Agenda Matters, Ed. Irmtraud Fischer (Cambridge Scholars Publishing: 2015): 184-198.

“Freedom and Religion in Michel Foucault’s Thought: A Study of His Iran Writings,” (Farsi), Occidental Studies, 6:1 (2015), 1-25.

“Psychoanalytic Theories of Religion in Protestant Contexts,” Religious Inquiries, 10:4 (2013), 57-75.

“Children of God in the Qur’an and the Bible,” (Farsi) Haft-Aseman 13:50 (2011), 55-79.

“The Sins of the Prophets as Interpreted in the Medieval Rabbinic Literature,” (Farsi) Haft-Aseman 11:45 (2010), 31-57.

PhD, Literature and Theology, University of Glasgow (UK)

MA degree, English Language and Literature, Shahid Beheshti University of Tehran

BA degree “Christianity and Islam in Theological-Anthropological Interreligiousness: A Comparative Theology of the God-Man-Relationship Conceptualized in Terms of the History of Ideas and the Discourse of Time” (supervision by Prof. Dr. Klaus von Stosch, Prof. Dr. Johanna Rahner und Prof. Dr. Reza Hajatpour)

2017 - 2018
REUME fellow, Forum Transregionale Studien

since 2016
Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, University of Religions

  • Introduction to Religions
  • History of Abrahamic Religions
  • Methods and Theories in Religious Studies
  • Feminist Approaches to Religion
  • Gender and the Qur’an
  • Hermeneutics
  • Modern Biblical Interpretation
  • Literary Theory

Membership in Editorial Boards:

  • Series Political and Public Theologies: Comparisons, Coalitions, Critiques (Brill)
  • Series Critical Theory and Biblical Studies (Wipf & Stock)

Membership in Associations:

  • 2020 Iranian Association for Religious Studies (Co-Founder)
  • 2016 - 2018 American Academy of Religion 
  • member of steering committee of the liberal theologies unit in AAR
  • 2013 Society of Biblical Literature                             
  • 2021 Award for research, Farabi National Festival (Iran) 
  • 2017 - 2018 Europe in the Middle East-Middle East in Europe research fellow in
    Forum Transregionale Studien, Berlin  
  • 2017 International Collaborative Research Grant, American Academy of Religion 
  • 2013 Travel Grant, Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature (Baltimore) 2013
  • 2013 Kippens Bursary, University of Glasgow 
  • 2013 Robert Davidson Bursary, University of Glasgow 
  • 2012 - 2014 University of Glasgow (College of Arts) PhD Scholarship
  • 2011 - 2013 Research Award from the Spalding Trust, UK 
  • 2005 Top Student Award in Iranian Universities, Ministry of Higher Education

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