On this page you will find a number of Faith Guides developed by the Higher Education Academy’s Philosophical & Religious Studies Subject Centre (HEA-PRS). We are grateful for their support and encouragement (financial and practical) in making these resources available on our website.
The Subject Centre has brought together a broad range of subject specialists who can draw upon their personal experiences of and interactions with specific faith groups and individuals, acquired through their own academic work, and in some cases utilising personal experiences as members of a particular tradition. The format for each guide has some stress on a commonality of themes, but has allowed authors the opportunity to explore themes that are individual and specific to a particular world view. This series is not intended to be a ‘politically correct’ tool, but seeks instead to support the enrichment of the teaching and learning experience for all those engaged within the higher education sector. It is based on the idea of encouraging awareness and understanding of the cultural and religious dynamics of student experience in higher education, with a view to supporting the development and sharing of good practice.
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The Buddhism guide has been written by Dr David Mossley and Dr Simon Smith.
David is a Senior Adviser at the Higher Education Academy. Previously he was Centre Manager and Academic Coordinator at the Subject Centre for Philosophical and Religious Studies and has taught philosophy at the University of Durham and Birkbeck College London. He has a long standing academic and practice-based interest in Buddhism as both philosophy and religion. Simon Smith is the Director of the Higher Education Academy’s Subject Centre for Philosophical and Religious Studies based at the University of Leeds where he has taught in a number of areas, most notably Buddhism. His main research interest lies at the intersection of Buddhism and social theory.
The Christianity guide has been written by Gregory A. Barker, an academic at Trinity College Carmarthen. In addition to lecturing and research in the areas of historical Jesus studies, Film and Religion and the World’s Religions, Greg has edited Jesus in the World’s Faiths: Scholars and Leaders from Five Religions Discuss His Meaning (New York: Orbis, 2005).
The Hinduism guide has been written by Dr. Maya Warrier, a lecturer in Indian Religion at the Departartment of Theology & Religious Studies, Unversity of Wales, Lampeter. She is the author of Hindu Selves in a Modern World: Guru Faith in the Mata Amritanandamayi Mission (Abingdon, UK: Routledge-Curzon, 2005). Her research interests lie in the areas of contemporary and popular Hinduism; modernity, globalisation, and moder Hindu selfhood; and the Hindu diaspora in Britain.
The Islam guide has been written by Amjad Hussain, a Religious Studies Lecturer in Trinity College, Carmarthen, University of Wales. His research centres around education in Islamic History. His interests lie mainly within the fields of Islamic Studies and Religious Studies. He is currently interested in contemporary Islam, Islam in further and higher education in the UK, and Islamic history. Kate El-Alami is a Lector in Arabic at the Department of Theology, Religious Studies & Islamic Studies, University of Wales Lampeter, and has had several years’ experience of providing support to students.
The Judaism guide has been written by Lavinia Cohn-Sherbok, co-author of several books, including The Encyclopedia of Judaism and Christianity (Abingdon Press, 2005), and A Short Introduction to Judaism (Oneworld, 1997), and author of A History of Jewish Civilization (Booksales Inc., 1997).
The Sikhism guide has been written by Eleanor Nesbitt, Reader in Religions and Education at the Warwick Religions and Education and Research Unit of the Warwick Institute of Education. She specialises in the religious socialisation of young people of Christian, Hindu and Sikh background, and in qualitative research methods. Her publications relating to Sikhism include A Very Short Introduction to Sikhism (Oxford University Press, 2005), The Religious Lives of Sikh Children: a Coventry-Based Study (Leeds, Community Religions Project, University of Leeds, 2000), and Guru Nanak (with Gopinder Kaur) (Norwich, Religious and Moral Education Press, 1999), Sikhs in Britain: An Annotated Bibliography (with D.S.Tatla) (Coventry, Centre for Research in Ethnic Relations, Unviersity of Warwick, 2nd revised edition 1994).