First in Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations

In November, Emmanuel Kwame Tettey became the first student to graduate from the University of Edinburgh with a Masters degree by research in Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations

Dr Joshua Ralston with graduate Emmanuel Kwame Tettey
Dr Joshua Ralston with graduate Emmanuel Kwame Tettey

His dissertation examined the history, development and future of the National Office of the Chief Imam in Ghana.

Congratulations Emmanuel – well deserved!

Emmanuel’s research supervisor, Dr Joshua Ralston, says:

“Emmanuel’s dissertation received first class honours and was lauded by the external examiner as a particularly interesting and ground breaking piece of research.

“He is now back in Ghana working with the Sanneh Institute and the Presbyterian Church to advance Christian-Muslim engagement in West Africa and beyond. I look forward to seeing where his work and scholarship takes him and how it impacts Ghana and the world.”

‘Tutu Scholarship’

Emmanuel was the recipient of an annual Desmond Tutu / Church of Scotland Masters Scholarship, one of a number of funding opportunities available for postgraduate students in the School of Divinity.

The ‘Tutu scholarship’ was set up in 2009 to commemorate the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Divinity conferred by the University on the Most Reverend Desmond Tutu. It is awarded each year to a student from Africa who is accepted on a full-time, one-year postgraduate Masters programme within the School of Divinity, who has official endorsement from their Church.

Islamic Studies in Edinburgh

The School offers full-time and part-time Masters by Research and PhD opportunities in Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations.

Students can choose between a Master of Science (MSc) or Master of Theology (MTheol), exploring Islamic thought and practice, and historical, theological, ethical and political encounters between Christianity and Islam.

Staff research interests focus on Islamic theology (kalam), law (shari‘a and fiqh), and philosophy; Qur’an, Hadith, and Tafsir; Muslim views of Christianity; Christian theological engagements with Islam; constructive theology and ethics from a Christian or Muslim perspective; Arab Christianity, political Islam; political theology; comparative theology; migration, religion and politics.

Christian-Muslim Studies Network

The Christian-Muslim Studies Network was set up in 2017 to foster a community of interdisciplinary research, teaching and scholarship drawn from experts across Europe, the Middle East, North America, Southeast Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and beyond.

Through transnational partnerships, academic study, and public engagement, the Network seeks to enhance theological and political understandings of and discourse about Islam and Christianity.


Masters/PhD Islamic Studies & Christian-Muslim Relations

Postgraduate research programmes in the School of Divinity

Postgraduate scholarships in Divinity

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