Anneke Schmidt

I see myself primarily as a religious studies scholar, interested in the (comparative) study of the world’s major religions, with a particular focus on monotheistic and polytheistic traditions. My research journey began with an exploration of the concept of non-reductive religious pluralism as a potential theoretical basis for constructive inter-faith (and specifically, Christian/Muslim) dialogue, as well as a general fascination with questions of universality and particularity in the study of religions, all of which led me to develop an awareness of the significance of difference within situations of inter-religious or inter-cultural encounters and dialogue.

Another, related area of expertise is British multi-faith religious education (RE). I am currently completing a PhD in Education at the University of Exeter, UK, exploring the role that gaining a theological understanding (or theological understandings) of different theistic religions may play in becoming religiously literate in and through non-confessional, multi-faith RE as it is taught in primary and secondary schools without a religious affiliation in England and Wales today.

Other research interests include religious mysticism (such as Quakerism in Christianity and Sufism in Islam), the phenomenon of civil religion, as well as key questions in the philosophy of religion, philosophy of (religious) education, and metaphysical considerations in the philosophy of mind.

My main aim is to work as an independent researcher in the fields of religious studies, theology and religious education and to become an author of academic books related to my research interests. One of the first steps, after finishing the PhD, would be to turn my thesis, entitled: “Discovering Views of the Divine: An Argument for Interreligious Comparisons of Theological Content in Multi-faith Religious Education” into a monograph for the purpose of academic publication. I am also planning to write non-fiction (articles and books) related to my research areas for a wider academically interested readership.

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