Dr. Fatima Tofighi

Research associate

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Dr. Fatima Tofighi

Research associate


  • 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 

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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