Ronald L. Nettler


Faculty Tutor; Emeritus Fellow, Mansfield College 

Faculty / College Address:

Oriental Institute / Mansfield College


Research Interests:

  • Islamic religious thought (medieval and modern) in the middle east
  • The intellectual history of Muslim-Jewish relations (medieval and modern)
  • Ibnc Arabi (especially his Fusus al-Hikam and the Rasa'il Hyderabad edition)
  • Islamic thought in Eygpt from the 1920's to the 1940's.
  • 'Jewish Sufism' in late medieval Egypt

Current Projects:

  • Ibnc Arabi's Rasa'il
  • 'Jewish Sufism' in late medieval Egypt
  • Islamic thought in Egypt from the 1920's to the 1940's.

Courses Taught:

  • Ibnc Arabi, Texts (B.A. and graduate)
  • Islam in the Middle East in the 20th Century: Islamic Thought (M.Phil.)
  • Judaism and Islam: Medieval Intellectual and Cultural Traditions (M.St.)
  • Islamic Religion (texts, 3rd year Arabists)

Recent Publications:

  • "Mohamed Talbi's commentary on Qur'an IV:34. A 'Historical reading' of a verse concerning the discipling of women", The Maghreb Review, vol. 24, nos. 1-2, 1999.
  • "Mohamed Talbi's Theory of Religious Pluralism. A Modernist Islamic Outlook", The Maghreb Review, vol. 24, nos. 3-4, 1999.
  • with J. Cooper and M. Mahmoud (eds.), Islam & Modernity: Muslim Intellectuals Respond London: I.B. Taurus & Co. Ltd. 1998.
  • with S. Taji-Farouki (eds.), Muslim-Jewish Encounters: Intellectual Traditions and Modern Politics (Studies in Muslim-Jewish Relations, 4), Harwood Academic Publishers 1998.
  • "Ibnc 'Arabi's Conception of God's Universal Mercy: The Chapter on Zakariyya' in the Fusus al-Hikam", in S. Jalal al-Din Ashtiani, H. Matsuhara, T. Iwami, and A. Matsumoto (eds.), Consciousness and Reality: Studies in memory of Toshihiko Izutsu, Tokyo: Iwanami Shoton Publishers 1998.
  • "Guidelines for the Islamic Community: Sayyid Qutb's Political Interpretation of the Qur'an", Journal of Political Ideologies 1/2 (1996).
  • "Ibn Arabi's Gloss on Yunus", in The Maghreb Review, Special Issue in Honour of Prof. Mohamed Talbi, October 2004.
  • "Mohamed Talbi on understanding the Qur'an", in Modern Muslim Intellectuals and the Qur'an, ed.,S Taji-Farouki, OUP 2004.
  • "What Happened to Ijtihad? A bd al-Mutacal al-Sacidi's Answer", in The Maghreb Review, vol. 32,no. 1, 2007.
  • “History,Religion and Freedom: Abd al-Mutacal al-Sacidi on islam in the Modern World”, The Maghreb Review, vol. 32, nos. 2-4, 2007.


  • Sufi Metaphysics and Qur'anic Prophets: Ibnc Arabi's Ideas and Methods in the Fusus al-Hikam, Islamic Texts Society, Cambridge, 2003.

Photograph of Ronald Nettler