Dr Harith Ramli

Name: Dr Harith Ramli
Department: Secondary and Further Education
Current position: Lecturer in Secondary Education (Theology and World Religion)
Email: ramlih@edgehill.ac.uk
Location: Ormskirk Main Campus, Faculty of Education


Harith joined Edge Hill University in 2018 as a Lecturer in Theology and World Religion. Prior to this, Harith held teaching posts at SOAS, University of London and the University of Nottingham, where he taught courses on philosophy, theology and mysticism in the Islamic tradition. Harith is a member of the OCR Religious Studies Consultative Forum, and has worked with OCR in the development of their A-Level Religious Studies curriculum.


  • BA (Hons) in Arabic with Islamic and Middle Studies (University of Durham)
  • MPhil in Medieval Arabic Thought (University of Oxford)
  • DPhil in Oriental Studies (University of Oxford)


Harith’s primary area of research is the history of Islamic thought and the development of scholarship and learning within the Islamic tradition. Harith is particularly interested in the formation and consolidation of various intellectual traditions within Islam during the ninth-eleventh centuries C.E., especially the mystical tradition known as Sufism.

Harith’s current research project, based on his doctoral thesis, situates a key early Sufi text of the tenth century C.E, the Qūt al-qulūb, and its author Abū Ṭālib al-Makkī (d.996), within the broader framework of the emerging intellectual disciplines of the period.

Other areas of research interest:

  • Sufism and Islamic theology in early modern period (the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries C.E.)
  • “Mysticism” as a concept and tool for comparative study within Religious Studies
  • Religion in Southeast Asia
  • the influence of mystical and occult traditions on contemporary popular culture

Published work:


“The Predecessors of Ashʿarism: Ibn Kullāb, Abū al-ʿAbbās al-Qalānisī and al-Muḥāsibī”, The Oxford Handbook of Islamic Theology, ed. Sabine Schmidtke (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016

“The Concept of Sunna in the Ḥanbalī School of Law”, chapter in The Sunnah and its Status in Islamic Law: The Search for a Sound Hadith, ed. Adis Duderija (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015)

(IXe-XIe s.). Enseignement, formation et transmission. ed. Geneviève Gobillot and Jean-Jacques Thibon (Damascus: Publications de l’Institut français du Proche-Orient, 2012

“Abū Ṭalib al-Makkī and the Sālimiyyah: the Transmission of a Theological Tradition in a Circle of Mystics”, Les maîtres soufis et leurs disciples. IIIe-Ve siècles de l’hégire

“A Survey of Recent Scholarship on the Social Dimensions of Classical Sufism”, History Compass, Vol. 8/11 (2010), pp.1299-1315.

News Media Publications

The Conversation.com  – Islamic State lays claim to Muslim theological tradition and turns it on its head

The Conversation.com – How the political crises of the modern Muslim world created the climate for Islamic State

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