Hi, I am a scholar with more than twenty years of experience teaching some fascinating subjects, including religion, multiculturalism, Islam, gender, new religions, alternative spirituality, Hinduism, Sikhism, contemporary society, secularization, and the anthropology of religion (amongst many other things).
I have taught at a number of universities: I was Honorary Professor at the University of Aberdeen and also the University of Abertay Dundee; I was Senior Lecturer at the University of Stirling, and Lecturer at King's College London. I was for several years the Deputy Principal, and then the Principal of the Al-Maktoum College in Dundee. I have also been for a short time a Visiting Professor at Zayed University in the United Arab Emirates.
My aim is to put some of my huge enthusiasm for teaching into several new courses that I am going to develop for Udemy, which should become available over the next few months. I love teaching, and I love to get people thinking about the things that interest me, such as issues of religion (and religions) in the modern world, how we deal with a diverse and pluralistic world, and what culture and multiculturalism are about.
I have written several books and a number of academic papers, but in today's world there is never enough time for reading enough of the things that interest us. Some of my courses will be related to my books and writing, as a stand-alone taster of what I have put in print. In a nutshell, I will be offering a range of courses related to the cultural gaps and conflicts we all face - from a variety of different perspectives.
I am currently self-employed, in an independent position that I have come to think of as a 'free range professor', and I live in Perth, Scotland.