My name is Ramon (Ibrahim) Harvey and I am currently Lecturer in Islamic Studies at Ebrahim College in London, a Muslim seminary. I spent 2014-16 at the Cambridge Muslim College as a Research Fellow and before that I was a Senior Teaching Fellow at SOAS, University of London. It was SOAS where I received my PhD under the supervision of Professor M. A. S. Abdel Haleem focusing on the theme of societal justice in the Qur’an. I have also received the Islamic qualification of Shahadat al-‘Alimiyya from Shaykh Akram Nadwi of Al-Salam Institute.
I am currently finishing a book based on my PhD thesis, entitled The Qur’an and the Just Society, which will be published by Edinburgh University Press. I also have written peer-reviewed journal articles on readings of the Qur’an in early Islam: ‘The Preferences of al-Kisāʾī: Grammar and Meaning in a Canonical Reading of the Qur’an’ has been published by the International Journal for the Semiotics of Law. An article on the reception of the readings of Ibn Mas’ud in Kufan fiqh and the Hanafi madhhab should be published in the Journal of Qur’anic Studies in 2017. For further details of publications, see here.
I regularly present my research at academic conferences and seminars and have been honoured with the 2016 BISCA award for Outstanding Contribution to Research and Education. In October 2016, I delivered a paper on mercy in the light of Islamic theology at an international conference in Rome. I also have a paper on Q. 24:33, the ‘mukatab’ verse, at the SOAS Qur’an Conference in November 2016.
At Ebrahim College, I currently teach courses on Western approaches to Islamic Studies, early Muslim sects, the history of political philosophy, as well as academic writing and research methods. My future research agenda involves using my existing theological and hermeneutic work on the Qur’an as a basis for contemporary theology and ethics, as well as continued investigations in Qur’anic studies and early Islam.
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With peace, Ramon (Ibrahim).