Dr Fitzroy Morrissey


I received a BA, MPhil, and DPhil in Islamic Studies from the University of Oxford and have been an Examination Fellow of All Souls College since 2017. 

Faculty Research Area(s): 

Study of Religions

Research Interests:

I work on the intellectual history of the Islamic world, specializing in Sufism (Islamic mysticism), Islamic philosophy, and modern Islamic thought. My research has covered the idea of the ‘Perfect Human’ (al-insān al-kāmil) in Sufi metaphysical thought; Sufi views on the scriptures, prophets, and other religions; reason and revelation in Islamic philosophy; the reception of medieval Muslim thinkers in modern Islamic thought (with Ronald Nettler); and the theology of 20th century Jewish and Christian orientalism. I have also written a general introduction to the history of Islamic thought. 



Publications & Research Outputs:

A Short History of Islamic Thought (Head of Zeus / OUP, 2021) [forthcoming]
Sufism and the Scriptures: Metaphysics and Sacred History in the Thought of ‘Abd al-Karīm al-Jīlī (I.B. Tauris, 2021)
Sufism and the Perfect Human: from Ibn ‘Arabī to al-Jīlī (Routledge, 2020)
‘The origins of the Fuṣūṣ: Early Explanations of Ibn ‘Arabī’s “Vision” of the Prophet’, The Maghreb Review: Special Issue in Honour of Ronald L. Nettler 45/4 (2020), 763-794.
‘Ibn Khaldūn on Sufism: A Story of Truth vs. Falsehood in Three Parts’, The Maghreb Review 44/4 (2019), 403-430 (with Ronald L. Nettler)
‘Abd al-Karīm al-Jīlī’s Sufi View of Other Religions’, The Maghreb Review 43/2 (2018), 175-97.
‘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.