Rebecca Masterton, a Philosopher Of The Shia Islam

Masterton was born to a Christian family, being daughter of famous writer Graham Masterton; she converted to Islam in 1999.

 

According to Rahyafte (the missionaries and converts website):


Dr. Rebecca Masterton is a British Islamic scholar, educator, public speaker, academic, author, television presenter, and philosopher of the Shia Islam. She has written short stories and a collection of those stories has published entitled Passing Through the Dream-To the Other Side.

Masterton was born to a Christian family, being daughter of famous writer Graham Masterton; she converted to Islam in 1999. She moved to London at the age of eighteen. She attended the School of Oriental and African Studies London, and received a BA in Japanese, an MA in Comparative East Asian and African Literature and a PhD in francophone and Islamic mystical literature of West Africa.

Teaching Experience

Dr Masterton has been teaching for seventeen 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, Canada 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.

 

Books

The Inner Dimensions of Hajj, by Zohreh Borujerdi (Qom: Islam IFC, 2018). Translated from Persian.

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). Translated from French.

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

 

Articles

‘Imam Hussain’s Stand Against Materialism’, The Warith Magazine (Karbala: The Batool Foundation, 2018).

‘Survival Under Oppression: The Story of the Shi‘i Tradition’, Caduceus (Sussex: Caduceus Journal Ltd, Issue 99, Autumn 2018).

‘Shi‘i Islam: the Way of the Prophetic Family’, Caduceus (Sussex: Caduceus Journal Ltd, Issue 98, Spring 2018).

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 13thCentury 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 ScribeAfrican Arts (University of California, 2001)

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