Alexander Henley

Departmental Lecturer

I am a historian of religion in the modern Middle East, with particular interest in the places where religion, politics and conflict meet.  My research has focused on religious leaders in Lebanon, looking at how communities have (re)created religious leaderships for their contemporary Lebanese context, and exploring their relation to the problem of sectarianism.  In the course of this research, I have worked especially with the Sunni, Druze and Maronite communities in Beirut and beyond.

I serve in the Faculty of Theology and Religion as Lecturer in Islam and the Study of Religion, and teach 'Islam in Contemporary Society' as well as theory and methodology in the study of religion, including the preliminary 'Religion and Religions' and final 'Nature of Religion' papers.  I come to Oxford from a four-year stint in the United States, where I held fellowships at Georgetown and Harvard Universities, with a visiting fellowship at the Brookings Doha Center in between.