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Dr Rebecca Masterton has graduated with a BA in Japanese Language and Literature; an MA in Comparative East Asian and African Literature and a PhD in Islamic literature of West Africa, in which she critiqued the effects of secularism and colonialism upon traditional Islamic teachings on the self, from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

She converted to Islam in 1999 and came to the Shī‘ī path in 2003.

Her interests include the Shī‘ī roots of Islamic mysticism; comparative literature and comparative philosophy.

Teaching experience

Dr Masterton has been teaching for nearly fifteen years through different media, including one-to-one tuition; short courses at Birkbeck College, University of London; BA and MA programmes at the Islamic College in London, both in-house and on-line; and on-line classes for the Islamic Institute for Postgraduate Studies (Damascus and Birmingham). She has also lectured widely at conferences both in Europe and the United States.

Satellite media

She has also worked in media for ten years, producing and presenting programmes for Sahar TV, Press TV, Hadi TV and Ahlulbayt TV.

Publications

Books

A History of Spirituality in Europe: from Pharaonic Times to the Present Day (London: ICAS Press, forthcoming), 300pps.

The Moral World of the Qur’an, by M. A. Draz (London: IB Tauris, 2008)

Passing Through the Dream… (London: Light Reading, 2008)

Articles

Walāya as a Response to the Self-Other Dichotomy in European Philosophy’, Claremont Journal of Religion (Claremont, CA: Claremont Lincoln University, Winter 2016).

‘A Comparative Exploration of the Spiritual Authority of the Awliyā’in the Shī‘ī and Sūfī traditions’, American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences (Herndon, VA: International Institute of Islamic Thought, Winter 2015), Vol. 32, No. 1, pps 49-74

‘A Critical Comparison of Cosmic Hierarchies in the Development of Christian and Islamic Mystical Theology‘, Journal of Shi‘a Islamic Studies (London: ICAS Press, 2009)

‘Islamic Mystical Readings of Cheikh Hamidou Kane’, Oxford Journal of Islamic Studies (Oxford: OUP, 2008)

‘Islamic Mystical Resonances in Fulbe Literature’, Oxford Journal of Islamic Studies (Oxford: OUP, 2007)

‘The Drowned History of New Orleans’; ‘West African Islam Comes to European Theaters’; ‘A Letter to the Prime Minister’; ‘Tales from Muslim Lands Enchant British Theater-goers’; ‘Mystical Shakespeare Draws the Audience “Through the Rug”’; ‘Portraying Twelver Shiʿa Ramadan in London’; ‘Sunjata: A Muslim Hero in 13th Century Africa’; ‘Debate Probes Debt Relief for Africa’; ‘Mansa Musa’; ‘The 3000-Year Battle for Palestine’; ‘The Road to Insanity’; ‘The Sokoto Caliphate: Dar al-‘Ilm’; ‘Norouz: A New Year, A Time for Reflection’; ‘The Beautiful Names: Striking a Sensitive Note’; ‘Hijab in Iran: Many Shades of Meaning’ (Cairo: Islam Online, 2004-2007)

‘Professor Eric Herring: Critical Security Studies’, Q-News (London, 2003)

Reviews

Medina in Birmingham; Najaf in Brent, by Innes Bowen. The American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences (Virginia: International Institute of Islamic Thought, 2016)

Islamic Images and Ideas: Essays on Sacred Symbolism, ed. John Andrew Morrow. Journal of Shi’a Islamic Studies (London: ICAS Press, 2015)

A History of Shi‘i Islam, by Farhad Daftary. The American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences (Virginia: International Institute of Islamic Thought, 2014)

The Spirit of Tolerance in Islam, by Reza Shah-Kazemi. Journal of Shi‘a Islamic Studies (London: ICAS Press, 2013)

Early Islam between Myth and History: Al-Hasan al-Basri (d. 110H/728 CE) and the Formation of His Legacy in Classical Islamic Scholarship, by Suleiman Ali Mourad. Journal of Shi’a Islamic Studies (London: ICAS Press, 2009)

Sufism, The Formative Period, by Ahmet T. Karamustafa. Journal of Qur’anic Studies (London: SOAS, 2009)

The Other Shiites, Monsutti, Naef and Sabahi (eds). Journal of Shi‘a Islamic Studies (London: ICAS Press, 2008)

Fighting the Greater Jihad, by Cheikh Anta Babou. Oxford Journal of Islamic Studies (Oxford: OUP, 2008)

Muslim-Christian Encounters in Africa, ed. Benjamin Soares. Oxford Journal of Islamic Studies (Oxford: OUP, 2007)

Swedenborg and Esoteric Islam, by Henry Corbin. Journal of Qur’anic Studies (London: SOAS, 2007)

In Search of Sunjata, ed. Ralph Austen. Journal of Asian and African Studies (University of Philadelphia, 2001)

One Woman’s Jihad: Nana Asma’u, Scholar and Scribe. African Arts (University of California, 2001)

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