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Mr Anthony O’Mahony

Mr Anthony O'Mahony Reader
Telephone: 020 7795 4258


Anthony O’Mahony has the following research interests:

Christianity in the Middle East; Eastern Catholic Theology and Ecclesiology; Christian-Muslim relations; Christian-Jewish Relations; the modern religious and political history of Jerusalem.

He has supervised numerous Research Students including:

Basil Cousins: ‘The Russian Orthodox Church and Islam: the role of language and education in Mission - the contribution of Nikolai Il'minskii in its historical context’, M. Phil thesis, (2006);

Andrew Unsworth: "A Historical and Textual-Critical Analysis of the Magisterial Documents of the Catholic Church on Islam: Toward a Hetero-Descriptive Account of Muslim Belief and Practice' Ph. D. thesis, (2007);

John Flannery: ‘The Persian mission of the Order of Augustinian Hermits, 1602-1747: a study in the relations between the Catholic Church, Shi‘a Islam and Eastern Christianity’ Ph. D. Thesis, (2009);

Ariana Patey: 'The Life and Thought of Charles de Foucauld: A Christian Eremitical Vocation to Islam and His Contribution to the Understanding of Muslim-Christian Relations within the Catholic Tradition'. Ph.D thesis (2012);

Philip Ind: ‘Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, February 2003-December 2012, and his Relations with Islam’ M.Phil thesis [Secondary Supervisor] (2013);

Richard Sudworth: `The Church of England and Islam: contemporary Anglican Christian-Muslim relations and the politico-theological question, 1988-2012' Ph.D thesis (2013);

Rocco Viviano: ‘The Theological-Ecclesiological Thought of Benedict XVI (2005-2013) on the Christian Engagement with the Religions in the context of the Modern Papacy' PhD (2013);

Kristian Girling: `The modern history of Christianity in Iraq, especially the contemporary situation of the Chaldean Catholic community since 2003'. (2015);

Stefanie Hugh-Donovan: ‘Olivier Clément a contemporary Eastern Orthodox Thinker: a study in ecclesiology and theology in Europe’,  (2015);

Nikolaos-Nikodemos Anagnostopoulos: 'Greek Orthodox ecclesial-political thought on the question of religious minorities in the context of Christian-Muslim relations in modern Greece and Turkey',  (2015);

Current research students

David Derrick: `The Theology of Kenneth Cragg on Human rights and human responsibilities in the context of the United Nations: an encounter with the religious thought Charles Malik and Dag Hammarskjöld;

Peter Colwell: Palestinian Christian Religious and Political Thought and the Jewish Christian Encounter in the context of the Israeli and Palestine conflict: A Christian contribution to a Theology of the Land';

Isabel Olizar: ‘The Question of Religious Freedom - Relations between the Catholic Church and the Islamic world: a study in theology and interreligious diplomacy’;

Joelle Richa: `Lay-movements in the Maronite Church: A study in the theology of Vatican II, The Synod for the Maronite Church and the Synod of Bishops Special Assembly for the Middle East';

Research Interests

Additional Areas of Interest

  • Christian encounter with Islam in contemporary religious and political contexts; Eastern Christianity in modern history and contemporary contexts; Christianity in the Middle East; Catholic Ecumenical theological and ecclesial dialogue with Eastern Christian churches; Modern political and religious history of Jerusalem


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He is very involved academically and as an expert member of several bodies including the Catholic-Orthodox Consultation (Fellowship of St.Alban & St.Sergius-Society of St.John Chrysostom) under the Chairmanship of Archbishop Bernard Longley and Metropolitan Kallistos Ware; Expert Consultor for Pro Oriente Foundation (Vienna); Advisory Board member HERA (EU) research grant entitled ‘Defining and Identifying Middle Eastern Christian Communities in Europe’ (DIMECCE)’ (2014-2016); On the Board of Advisers for the Catholic University of Louvain Centre of Eastern and Oriental Christianity (LOCEOC); Advisory Board of the Athens Centre Religious Pluralism in the Middle East established as a result of the  International Conference on “Religious and Cultural Pluralism and Peaceful Coexistence in the Middle East” (Athens, 18-20/10/2015) organized by the Greek Government and Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

He has edited nearly twenty volumes or special issues of scholarly reviews. He is a member of the Editorial Board "International Journal of Asian Christianity" (Brill); and `One in Christ: Catholic Ecumenical Review’.  He  most recently Guest Edited a special issue of `The Journal of Eastern Christian Studies’,  Vol. 67, no. 3-4, 2015 (2016) on "Eastern Catholics in Modern Europe. 

He gave the Cambridge University Sermon (The Ramsden Preacher) for Pentecost 2015 on `Martyrdom and Ecumenism: Christianity in the Middle East Today’. He also recently gave lectures on `Matta el-Meskin: A Life of Kenosis’ International Conference “Matthew the Poor: A contemporary Desert Father’ 21-22 May 2016 at the Monastery of Bose (Italy); `The Desert Fathers Today: The Eremitical Tradition and Monasticism in the modern Middle East', The Zernov Lecture, 8 March 2016 held at Pusey House, University of Oxford; A series of Six lectures on  `Eastern Christianity in the Middle East’ 28 January – 3 March 2016 at the Department of Continuing Education, University of Oxford; `The Question of the Jerusalem and the Holy Places Commission' at the international conference "Sacred Places and Heritage Protection from the Perspectives of International, Constitutional, Religious Law and Foreign Policy" 15-17 March 2016 at the Tantur Ecumenical Instiute (University of Notre Dame) in Jerusalem; and On `The Eastern Orthodox churches in the modern Middle East’ and  `The Eastern Catholic churches in the modern Middle East’ Eastern Christianity Lecture Series: Regional conflicts, religious extremism and the future challenges facing Christian communities in the Middle East Today'November 2015 at Oriental Institute, University of Oxford. `The Eastern Catholic churches in the modern Middle East’ Eastern Christianity Lecture Series 17 November 2015 at Oriental Institute, University of Oxford; “Christianity in Syria: modern history and challenging context today”, Conference: `Christians in Syria and Iraq today: facing the challenges’, held at  School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London University of London – April  2014;  “The Question of the Holy Places under the British Mandate for Palestine”, Conference: `The Making of Jerusalem: Constructed Spaces and Historic Communities’, July 2014 Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation held at the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem, the  Old City;  “The Jesuits, Eastern Christianity and the encounter with the Coptic Church in modern Egypt”, Conference: `For the Greater Glory of God and More Universal Good’ – June 2014 a celebration of the 400th Anniversary of the Foundation of Heythrop College and  the Jesuit Educational , June 2014; `The Contributions of Ancient Christian Communities to the Contemporary Middle East` Conference title: University Religious Freedom project Christianity and Freedom: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives' December 2013 The Berkley Center for Religion,  Peace, and World Affairs, Georgetown held at the Pontifical Urbaniana University (Rome). 

He is often call to give expert comment in the media for example BBC World Service; Vatican Radio; France 24; BBC Sunday Programme; News Night; and published over twenty articles in `The Tablet’ (London).