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School of Government & International Affairs


Dr Colin Turner

Associate Professor (Reader) in Islamic Thought in the School of Government and International Affairs
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 45658
Room number: IM217, Al-Qasimi Building

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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 Interests

  • Political philosophy of the Muslim-majority world
  • The history of Muslim political thought
  • Contemporary Islamist movements
  • Political Theology
  • Anthropology of religion
  • Islamic theology and philosophy
  • Shi'ite History
  • The works of Bediuzzaman Said Nursi


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