Dr Fitzroy Morrissey
BA, MPhil, DPhil
Examination Fellow since 2017
I work on the intellectual and religious history of the Islamic world, mainly through the study of Arabic and Persian texts from the medieval and modern periods. My doctoral thesis looked at the thought of ‘Abd al-Karīm al-Jīlī, a 14th century Sufi thinker in the tradition of Ibn ‘Arabī, focusing on how his Sufi metaphysics influenced his views on the scriptures and other religions. I have since written a book on the history of the idea of the Perfect Human in Sufism, while my more recent work has focused on the thought of Ibn Khaldūn and the issue of reason and revelation in modern Islamic thought. I am currently working on a book titled A Short History of Islamic Thought.
- Postgraduate, Wadham College, Oxford (from 2014 to 2017)
- Undergraduate, Pembroke College, Oxford (from 2010 to 2014)
- The intellectual and religious history of the Islamic world (medieval and modern)
- “Ibn Khaldūn on Sufism: A Story of Truth vs. Falsehood in Three Parts,” The Maghreb Review 44/3, forthcoming (with Ronald L. Nettler)
- ‘Abd al-Karīm al-Jīlī’s Sufi View of Other Religions,’ The Maghreb Review, 43/2 (2018), pp. 175-197
- 'The Perfect Human in Modern Iranian Shī‘ism: Murtaḍá Muṭahharī’s ‘Irfān-oriented Conception of the Ideal Human Being', Iran Namag, 2/1 (2017), XXX-XLVIII
- 'An Introduction to ‘Abd al-Karīm al-Jīlī’s Commentary on the Futūḥāt', The Maghreb Review, 41/4 (2016), 499-526
- Iran: Persia: Ancient & Modern (Odyssey Guides, 2016) (co-author)
- Member of the Royal Society for Asian Affairs
- Member of the British Association of Islamic Studies
- Clarendon Scholarship (2016).