Brigidda Bell
Bell, Brigidda Brigidda is a PhD candidate, course instructor and teaching assistant at the Department of the Study of Religion. Her dissertation focuses on prophecy and other spirit practices in the ancient Mediterranean region approached primarily through embodiment and affect theories. She has five years of teaching experience in the study of religion and is the 2014 recipient of the TATP Teaching Excellence Award.

Tenzan Eaghll
Eaghll, Tenzan

Tenzan received his BA and MA from the Department of Religion at the University of Calgary, where he was trained in Early Modern intellectual history and Continental Philosophy. His PhD dissertation analyzes the French philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy’s work on the Deconstruction of Christianity. This work explores the way in which Christianity deconstructs and unravels its own dogma and theological foundations from within.

Mourad Laabdi
Laabdi, Mourad Mourad holds an MA in Cultural Analysis from the University of Amsterdam, and a BA in Linguistics from Ibn Zohr University, Morocco. He is now completing his dissertation on the method of juristic disagreement in Ibn Rushd’s (Averroes, d.1198) Bidayat al-Mujtahid. In addition to Islamic Law, Mourad is also interested and has worked on Medieval Islamic psychology, political philosophy, and contemporary anthropology of Islam.

David Perley
David Perley BA (Carleton), MA, PhD (Toronto)
Areas of Research/Teaching Interest: Method and Theory in the Study and Teaching of Religions; History of American Religious Thought; Religion and the Philosophy of Language
Selected Publications:
“Developmental Tools to Introduce Students to Religion” (in progress);
“Philosophy,” The Encyclopedia of Religion in America (2010);
“Lovejoy, A. O.” and “Panpsychism,” American Philosophy: An Encyclopedia (2008);
“Explosive Metaphors and Vague Detonations: Seigfried’s Contribution to Philosophy and Beyond,” William James Studies (2006);
“Vagueness: An Additional Nuance in the Interpretation of Ibn ‘Arabi’s Mystical Language,” American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences (2005).

Eleanor Pontoriero
portrait BA, MA, PhD (University of Toronto). Teaching and research areas include religion and human rights in comparative context. Publications include “Remembering Auschwitz: Emmanuel Levinas on Religion and Violence” in Religion and Violence in a Secular World: Toward a Political Theology, ed. C.V. Crockett. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2006.

Duncan Reid
portrait Duncan completed his MDiv in Biblical Studies in 2004 and successfully defended his PhD thesis in 2013 on the use of use of ancient rhetoric as a means to asses competing source hypotheses in relation to the Synoptic Gospels. He has taught several Greek language and New Testament courses at Tyndale Seminary in North York since 2007 and has presented and published articles related to his interest in the Synoptic Gospels.

Christina Reimer
Christina Reimer Christina Reimer has a PhD in religion from the University of Toronto in the area of American Christian fundamentalism. She is completing a book on sexual purity in American evangelicalism and has published articles in this area and on religion and psychoanalysis. She has taught a number of different courses on sexual ethics, women and religion, death and dying, Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism and Christian history and thought. She also leads workshops on conflict resolution skills and mediation.

Kunga Sherab
Sherab, Kunga Khenpo Kunga is a scholar in residence and Master’s student in the Department for the Study of Religion, assisting with student and faculty research and teaching in Tibetan Studies. Khenpo Kunga is a Tibetan Buddhist monk and scholar who received the advanced title of Khenpo (abbot) in 2005, the culmination of more than 20 years of study and teaching at the Dzongsar Institute for Advanced Studies of Buddhist Philosophy and Research in India. He then taught for many years at Zurmang Buddhist College in Sikkhim. He is the author of several works on Buddhist philosophy in Tibetan. His MA thesis will focus on Tibetan proofs for the existence of past and future lives.

Laury Silvers
ppl-silvers Silvers works on Islam in the Formative Period, in particular Sufism and pious and Sufi women, Sufi Metaphysics, Gender, and North American Muslim women’s religious authority. She is the author, co-author, and co-editor of books and articles on these subjects including, A Soaring Minaret: Abu Bakr al-Wasiti and the Rise of Baghdadi Sufism; with Kecia Ali and Julianne Hammer, A Jihad for Justice: Honoring the Life and Work of Amina Wadud; with Ahmed Elewa, Simply Good Women: Introduction and Translation of Women’s Biographies in Ibn al-Jawzi’s, “Sifat al-safwa” (in progress); with Ahmed Elewa, ‘I am One of the People’: A Survey and Analysis of Legal Arguments on Woman-led Prayer in Islam; “God Loves Me’: Early Pious and Sufi Women and the Theological Debate over God’s Love,” and “Sufi Women” for the forthcoming Cambridge Companion to Sufism.

Justin Stein
Justin Stein Justin is a doctoral candidate. His dissertation work analyzes the production of spiritual practices called Reiki in Japan, Hawaii, and North America, focusing on the interplay among individual experience, social networks, and institutional forms. Justin’s research interests include transnational religion, new religious movements, and the relationship between religion, science, and medicine

Paul York
York, Paul Paul York is a sixth year doctoral candidate. His area of study is Kant’s philosophy of religion and environmental ethics. Favourite thinkers, aside from Kant, include Paul Waldau, Paul Tillich, Immanuel Levinas, James Rachels, David Loy, Peter Berger, Freud, Carol Adams, Tom Regan, and Thomas Berry. Paul is also interested in animals and religion, engaged Buddhism and eco-theology. His dissertation is on Kant’s Religion Within the Bounds of Mere Reason, and how that text may be applied to climate justice issues. Paul is scheduled to teach the Animals & Religion course in Winter 2014. He is working with advisor Professor James DiCenso. He has been an activist for social and environmental justice, peace and non-violence, human rights and animal rights since 1988.