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Adrian Pabst

University of Kent
Politics and International Relations
Canterbury, Kent
United Kingdom


Born 1976. Joined Kent in 2009 as a lecturer in politics. Gained a PhD in political thougt and philosophy of religion from Cambridge (2002-06).
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political thought, political economy, political theology – with a special focus on alternatives to liberalism; international politics, notably the wider Europe beyond the EU


Nicolai Sinai

University of Oxford / UK
Pusey Lane
Oxford, OX1 2LE
Great Britain


Born in 1976 in Hildesheim. Holds a Ph.D. in Arabic Studies from the Freie Universität, Berlin, and is currently Associate Professor of Islamic Studies at the Oriental Institute of the University of Oxford and a Fellow of Pembroke College. His research interests centre on the Qur’an and Islamic exegesis thereof, as well as the history of philosophical thought in the Islamic world. He is the author of various articles and monographs, including Fortschreibung und Auslegung: Studien zur frühen Koraninterpretation (Wiesbaden, 2009) and Die heilige Schrift des Islams: Die wichtigsten Fakten zum Koran (Freiburg, 2012).

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Georg Essen

Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Katholisch-Theologische Fakultät
Lehrstuhl für Dogmatik und Dogmengeschichte
Universitätsstraße 150
44801 Bochum


Born in Kevelaer/Niederrhein in 1961. Studies in catholic theology and history in Münster and Freiburg. PhD in theology (summa cum laude) in 1994. 2000-2001 lecturer at the Catholic Faculty of Theology in Münster. 2001-2011 professor of dogmatics at the University of Nijmegen (Netherlands) as well as professor of religious and cultural theory (2006-2011). 2008-2011 chairman of the interdisciplinary Heyendaal Research Programme Theology – Humanities – Sciences at the Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen. 2011 visiting scholar at the university of Stanford (USA). Since 2011 professor of dogamtics at the Catholic Faculty of Theology in Bochum.