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Paul S. Fiddes holds the title of Professor of Systematic Theology in the Faculty of Theology and Religion in the University of Oxford. He is Director of Research at Regent’s Park College, Oxford, where he was Principal from 1989 to 2007.
Research and teaching interests include:  modern systematic theology; theology and literature; the impact of late-modern continental philosophy on literary theory and theology; theology of culture. He is the author or editor of more than 25 books, and the author of more than 115 articles and book chapters. A recent book is Seeing the World and Knowing God. Hebrew Wisdom and Christian Doctrine in a Late-Modern Context (Oxford University Press, 2013).  For a full list of publications please click here.  In the ‘Love in Religion’ project he is linking the theological tradition of wisdom with the phenomenon of love, as well as offering theological reflection on the part played by the creative arts in the ‘rhythms’ of life which engage in the ultimate Reality which is love. Email:


H_R_H__Prince_Ghazi_bin_MuhammadProf. HRH Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad bin Talal of Jordan is the Chief Advisor for Religious and Cultural Affairs to HM King Abdullah II Ibn Al Hussein of Jordan and Personal Envoy of King Abdullah II. He holds two doctorates in the subject of love in religion and literature, from the Universities of Cambridge (UK) and Al –Azhar (Cairo), and is the author of several books and many articles on the theme, in particular the recent Love in the Holy Qur’an (Kazi Publications). He is the main author of A Common Word Between Us and You, an Open Letter to world Christian leaders (2007), signed initially by 138 leading Muslim scholars and intellectuals, and since then by more than 300, which has become the world’s leading interfaith initiative between Christians and Muslims. A pioneer in many ventures for peace and cooperation between faiths, as well as initiatives in Islamic scholarship, Prince Ghazi has founded two professorial chairs for Islamic studies (The Ghazali and Razi Chairs in Amman and Jersusalem) as well as the present Fellowship in the study of Love in Religion at Regent’s Park College, University of Oxford. He is an Honorary Fellow at the College and takes an active part in research consultations on the theme of love in religion.


BrMinlibDallhOP-bCompMinlib Dallh, O.P., Co-Investigator, is the H.M. King Abdullah II Ibn Al Hussein of Jordan Fellow for the Study of Love in Religion at Regent’s Park College, Oxford. Following a doctorate at the University of Exeter in Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations, he has been Visiting Assistant Professor at Hartford Seminary, Loyola University New Orleans, Rosemont College and Candler Divinity School. His research focuses on comparative mysticism in Islam and Christianity, with special interest in love-mysticism in Sufism and the contribution of women mystics in both religious traditions. His book, A Sufi and a Friar. A Mystical Encounter of Two Men of God in the Abode of Islam (a study of the Sufi ‘Abdullah Anṣārī of Herat and the French Dominican friar, Serge de L. de Beaureceuil) will be published by Suny Press in 2017. In the ‘Love in Religion’ project he will focus on the mysticism of love in its mediaeval and modern forms.


OliverDaviesOliver Davies, Co-Investigator, is Emeritus Professor of Christian Doctrine at King’s College London.  He has made substantial research contributions to the study of medieval mysticism (especially Meister Eckhart), early medieval Welsh and Irish spirituality, and contemporary Systematic Theology. Author of eight monographs, editor of other volumes and author of many scholarly articles, he is founder and leader of the influential ‘Transformational Theology’ movement. His most recent publication is Theology of Transformation: Faith, Freedom and the Christian Act (Oxford University Press, 2013). He is working at present with colleagues in the Department of Psychology and Psychiatry, University of Cologne, to develop the theological implications of the neuroscience of social interaction and social cognition. In the ‘Love in Religion’ project he finds the ‘love’ traditions of Christianity and Islam to be the ideal focus for exploring the interdisciplinary resources of  the ‘neuro-anthropological’ method in evolutionary biology.

profile-pictureEleanor McLaughlin, Co-Investigator
, is Lecturer in Ethics at Regent’s Park College, Oxford, and Lecturer in Theology and Ethics at the University of Winchester. Ellie holds a DPhil from the University of Oxford and a master’s degree from the University of Geneva. Her research interests include disability theology, medical ethics, and the interface between loving and being limited by the Other. Her doctoral research focused on the concept of ‘unconscious Christianity’ in Dietrich Bonheoffer’s late theology, and she is the author of ‘Dietrich Bonheoffer and the death of God theologians’, in Engaging Bonhoeffer: The Impact and Influence of Bonheoffer’s Life and Thought, ed. by Matthew D. Kirkpatrick (Fortress Press, 2016).  Email:



Lydia Schumacher, Co-Investigator, holds the post of Reader in Historical and Philosophical Theology at at King’s College London. Previously, she held a Chancellor’s Fellowship in Theology at the University of Edinburgh School of Divinity, and a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Faculty of Theology and Religion at Oxford University and at Oriel College (2011-14). Author of three monographs and  co-editor of the three-volume Oxford Guide to the Historical Reception of Augustine, she has most recently published Rationality as Virtue, and Theological Philosophy (Ashgate). With a research specialization in virtue epistemology (rooted in Franciscan and Dominican traditions of thought), in the ‘Love in Religion’ project she is exploring the connection between love and knowledge from the perspective of analytic theology.