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Caroline Tee

The award of £151,559 (which will include a post-doctoral appointment) has been made by the Templeton Religion Trust (TRT), which is one of three grant-giving bodies founded by the American philanthropist, Sir John Templeton. The Trust supports a wide range of international research, and is interested in scientific as well as philosophical, theological and social scientific issues.

Dr Tee’s project is entitled ‘A Hermeneutics of Civic Engagement? Reading the Qur’an and Sunna in British Islam’. It will run for two years and will be based in the University’s Department of Theology and Religious Studies. The researchers will employ immersive ethnographic fieldwork in order to understand the processes through which the Qur’an and Sunna are read, understood and applied by Muslims in their daily lives. Specifically, the project will ask whether the ways in which scriptural teachings are read and digested relate to the participation of Muslims in British civic spaces.

The project will make an innovative contribution to the ethnography (the embedded study of people and cultures) of religious scripture, a field of enquiry that has recently gained ground in the study of the Bible, but which has considerably less precedent in Islamic Studies. It will also offer empirical (observational) data concerning the engagement of British Muslims in civic life, and an analysis of the factors that influence it. The project’s findings will be published as peer-reviewed journal articles and disseminated through academic conference presentations and seminars.

Dr Tee’s expertise is in the study of Islam in the contemporary world, and in ethnographic research particularly. She said: “I am delighted to have received funding for this project, and am very grateful to TRT for their support. The project will yield empirical data about a subject that is little understood: the function, significance and application of scriptural teachings in Muslims’ daily lives, and the influence of scripture on civic participation.”    

Associate Professor Hannah Bacon, Acting Head of the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Chester, said: “This is a tremendous achievement and as a Department we are very proud of Caroline’s success. What a wonderful outcome that testifies to the strength of Caroline’s research proposal. Well done Caroline!”

Dr Caroline Tee’s full academic profile can be seen here.

 

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