The CSWR has the following visiting scholars for the 2016-17 academic year:
Sasha Dehghani received his M.A. in Islamic Studies, Political Science, and Protestant Theology/Religious Studies from the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena, following a DAAD fellowship at the Centre for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies of the American University of Beirut. He completed his Ph.D. at the Arabic Department of the Free University of Berlin, with his research conducted as part of the DFG project “Figurations of the Martyr in European and Middle Eastern Literature”. Dehghani has been a research associate at the Center for Literary and Cultural Research, Berlin, and has taught courses on Shiite Islam, Islamic intellectual history, and the Baha’i Faith at the Free University of Berlin and the Christian Albrechts University of Kiel, where he was a visiting assistant professor. Currently he works at the Research Department of the Bahá’í World Centre in Haifa.
In addition to a number of articles, he has published Martyrium und Messianismus. Die Geburtsstunde des Bahaitums (Harrassowitz, 2011) and the co-edited volume Martyrdom in the Modern Middle East (Ergon, 2014). His research interests include the cross-cultural Wirkungs- und Rezeptionsgeschichte of figures, texts, and concepts that are of fundamental significance to the history of monotheistic religions. In line with this, his research at the CSWR in Harvard will focus on the classification of the Baha’i Faith as a world religion, comparing the classification in the German academy with that in the Anglo-American and the Islamic world.
Evgenia Moiseeva is Interested in Saint Augustine’s thought since her undergraduate years, Evgenia started her research at the Moscow State University in Russia with the focus on Augustine’s concept of soul in De Trinitate. Subsequently she engaged in a PhD program at Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes in Paris. Her thesis “Will according to Saint Augustine” was accepted into Collection des Etudes Augustiniennes, the most important publication for Augustinian scholars, and is now at the final stage of the publishing process. While doing research for her thesis, Evgenia became fascinated by Manichaeism and the role it played in Augustine’s thought. Currently her research is focused on the Manichaean attitude towards the Book of Genesis. She envisions this project as a stepping stone in the analysis of the influence of the Manichaean use of the Pentateuch on Augustine’s exegesis.
Makoto Sawai is Post-doctoral Fellow of Japan Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS), belonging to Kyoto University. He received M.A. from American University in Cairo and Ph.D from Tohoku University. His research topic is about the divine names in Islamic mystical thought with regard to the story of Adam. His analytical view focuses on how Muslim thinkers have understood the Qur’an in their interpretations. He is currently working on the divine names on Ibn ‘Arabi, one of the most prominent thinkers in Islam. He has published various articles about the interpretations of the Qur’an (“Fanā’ and Baqā’ in the Theory of Junayd’s ‘Primordial Covenant,” “Izutsu’s Hermeneutical Perspectives of the Qur’anic Interpretation,” etc.). During his time as a visiting scholar at CSWR, Sawai engages with his further study of the divine names from the perspective of comparative theology. As subject of comparative study of the divine names, he focuses on Islam and Tenrikyo, one of the biggest new religions in Japan.