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School of Government & International Affairs


Dr Colin Turner

Reader in Islamic Thought in the School of Government and International Affairs

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Reader in Islamic Thought
BA (Hons.,First Class) in Oriental Studies (Arabic, Persian, Islamic Studies and anthropology), Durham University,1982.
PhD in Islamic Studies, Durham University, 1989.

Dr Turner was born in Birmingham but has lived in Durham since 1979. He joined Durham University in 1995.

Research Groups

  • Politics of the Muslim World
  • The History of Political Thought

Research Interests

  • Muslim theology and philosophy
  • The history of Muslim political thought
  • The works of Bediuzzaman Said Nursi
  • Sufi spirituality
  • Shi'ism
  • The Qur'an and Qur'anic exegesis
  • Anthropology of religion
  • Persian literature


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Journal Article