Dr Hilary Marlow (Principal Investigator)

Hilary Marlow is the Course Director of the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, Cambridge, and an Affiliated Lecturer in the Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge. She has honours degrees in Social Sciences (University of Manchester) and Biblical Studies (King’s College London). Her PhD from the University of Cambridge (2007) examined the Old Testament prophets in the light of contemporary environmental ethics.

Hilary’s research focuses on reading religious Scriptures in the context of modern society, with two main emphases. The first is the Bible’s depiction of the interaction between people and the natural world and relevance of this in contemporary debates on religion and science. This includes textual studies on the portrayal of nature, study of creation texts and their interpretation in later Jewish and Christian traditions, and theological and exegetical study on what it means to be human in the light of current scientific developments. The second concerns the ways that fruitful dialogue between different religious traditions may be enhanced by the practice of Scriptural Reasoning, in which religious believers of different faiths (in particular the three Abrahamic faiths) gather in small groups to read their Scriptures together.

Dr Caroline Tee (Research Associate)

Caroline Tee is a social anthropologist of Islam and prior to this project she was postdoctoral research assistant in the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology at Bristol University. She has a Masters degree in Islamic Studies (University of Exeter) and a PhD in Social Anthropology and Religious Studies (University of Bristol).

Caroline’s research focuses on Islam in the modern world, with particular reference to the reception and application of science in contemporary Muslim societies. She is a Turkey specialist, and has made a special study of the transnational movement inspired by the Turkish imam Fethullah Gülen. Her first monograph, entitled The Gülen Movement in Turkey: The Politics of Islam, Science and Modernity, explores the intersection between Muslim piety, political ambitions and modern science education in the Gülen Movement.

Caroline also has research interests in the broader field of Islamic mysticism and the Sufi poetic tradition, and teaches regularly on Islam at various academic institutions in the UK.