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Dr Ahmad Achtar

Dr Ahmad Achtar Lecturer
Telephone: 020 7795 4225


Ahmad undertook his first degree at the University of Aleppo (Syria), gaining a BSc in physics. Following graduate studies in physics at Cambridge University he studied at the Muslim College (London) and The School of Oriental and African Studies of University of London specialising in Qur’anic Studies.  

Before joining Heythrop he taught on various courses in Islamic studies and Arabic language at the Muslim College, Leo Baeck College, Islamic College for Advanced Studies, Birkbeck College, SOAS and Open Theological College; University of Gloucestershire. Between (2005-2007) he worked as an academic advisor for Islamic Studies programme at Birkbeck London University.

Ahmad is currently a lecturer in Islamic Studies at Heythrop and programme convenor of the BA Study of Religions and MA in Abrahamic Religions.

Current teaching

Islam: Beliefs and Practices
Christian-Muslim relations
Philosophical and Theological Ethics (together with Dr. Anna Abram and Mr Jonathan Gorsky)
Sacred Texts and Their Interpretation (together with Dr. Michael Kirwan and Mr. Jonathan Gorsky)
Unity and Diversity in Islamic Thought
Spirituality & Mysticism in the Abrahamic Faiths (Together with Mr. Jonathan Gorsky and Dr. Dr Edward Howells)

Research Interests

Additional Areas of Interest

  • Classical theory of Jihad; Jewish-Christian-Muslim relations; Jurisprudence (Usul al-Fiqh); Development of Islamic theology (Ilm al-Kalam); Qur'anic Hermeneutics (Usul al-Tafsir); Metaphor and anthropomorphism in the Qur'an


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Other information

Ahmad is Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, London and a member of the Network of British Researchers and Practitioners of Islamic Law.  He is also involved in Scriptural Reasoning practice and is a member of SR University Group, Cambridge.