The Woolf Institute


The Woolf Institute

The Woolf Institute was founded by Dr Edward Kessler and Revd Professor Martin Forward in 1998. Their aim was to provide an academic framework and space in which people could tackle issues of religious difference constructively.

The Woolf Institute is an independent research center and an Associate Member of the Cambridge Theological Federation. On behalf of Hospice UK and Together for Short Lives, the Woolf Institute is leading the research project: Bridging the Gap between Muslims and Hospices.

Sir Mick and Lady Barbara Davis Visiting Fellowships

The Woolf Institute, which specializes in the study of relations between Jews, Christians and Muslims from a multidisciplinary perspective, invites applications for the Sir Mick and Lady Barbara Davis Visiting Fellowship. The Woolf Institute is seeking enthusiastic and engaged scholars to appoint as Non-Stipendiary Fellows to join its vibrant, dynamic, multi- and inter-disciplinary academic community in the heart of Cambridge.


– Dictionary of Jewish-Christian Relations
In 2005, the Woolf Institute produced a British-Academy funded Dictionary of Jewish-Christian Relations.

– Exegetical Encounter in Late Antiquity
The Leverhulme Trust funded Exegetical Encounter in Late Antiquity which explored the interaction between Jewish and Christian biblical commentators in the formative period of both religions.

– Life and Death in Islam and Judaism
As a Junior Research Fellow, Dr Marta Dominguez-Diaz pursued a postdoctoral research project at the Woolf Institute, comparing religious variations in attitudes towards death, dying and grief and the ways in which individuals and communities respond to death in Muslim and Jewish communities in Britain.

– Trust in Crisis
A multi-country research project which examined trust within three separate approaches to generating local resources and enhancing individual self-awareness: inter-religious understanding, social action, and economic development.

– Wittgenstein and Interfaith Disagreement
This project explores both the potentials and the limitations of using Wittgenstein’s philosophy for the purpose of understanding interreligious disagreements…


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