Rachel Claire Dryden


Rachel Claire Dryden holds a B.A. in Modern European Languages (Durham, 2006), a M.A. in Near and Middle Eastern Studies (SOAS, 2009), a further M.A. in Jewish Studies (Hochschule für jüdische Studien, Heidelberg/ Karl-Franzens Universität, Graz, 2011), and a M.Phil in Islamic Studies and History (Oxford, 2016). She is currently a PhD student at the University of Cambridge, where she is working on a thesis entitled Angels in the Qur’an, under the supervision of Professor Holger Zellentin.

Research Area/s: 

Qur'ānic Studies


Biblical Studies: Old and New Testament

Study of Religions

History of Christianity

Research Interests:

Angels in the Qur'ān

Qur'ānic narratives

The Qur'ān in late antiquity

Eastern Christianity


The Enochic Tradition


The Adam Literature