College Research Associate
- Affiliated Researcher, CU FAMES
- Academic Advisor, Golden Web Foundation
Annabel obtained a BA in Persian from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London in 1981, after which she came to Wolfson College to read for a PhD in Islamic Studies, the subject of her thesis being a 12th century Persian Sufi commentary on the Qur’an. After graduating she continued at Wolfson, taking up a Junior Research Fellowship in 2002, at the same time being awarded a Research Fellowship in Qur’anic Studies at the Institute of Ismaili Studies in London. As well as being a College Research Associate, Annabel is currently an Affiliated Researcher at the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, where she regularly assists with the teaching of classical Persian literature.
Her research interests are largely centred on the hermeneutics of Sufi Qur’an commentaries, those composed in both Arabic and Persian, and the investigation of ways in which mystics have expounded their doctrines through the interpretation of the Qur’anic verses. This has led her more widely to research doctrinal developments in the formative period of Islamic mysticism (between 9th and 12th centuries CE).
Her overall interests include: Sufism, Qurʾanic Studies, Scriptural Hermeneutics and Prophetology.
For further information and list of publications see: www.ames.cam.ac.uk/directory/keelerannabel