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Certificate of Professional Studies in
Fellow: Royal Asiatic Society (FRAS); Royal Anthropological Institute (FRAI); American Biographical Institute (FABI), Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Religion.
Language Training: 1979 – 1981 full
time Bengali language study,
Present Employment: Total
2005- 2007: History and Biography Editor, IIFWP Encyclopedia Project, NY,
Associate Professor (Ministry and Living Traditions) and Director of Field Education,
UTS Interfaith Seminary,
Principal Officer and Clerk to Governors,
Affiliated Lecturer, Center for the Study of Jewish-Christian Relations,
Visiting Fellow, Graduate Institute for Theology and Religion,
– 2001: Associate Professor of Religion (Islam/South Asia),
– 1998: Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies (Islam/Anthropology) and Religious
Studies Subject Leader/Assistant Chaplain/Resident Tutor,
Lecturer (Islam), King Alfred’s College,
– 1992: Executive Secretary for Interfaith Relations, The Council of Churches
– 1987: Free Church Chaplain,
1983 – 1986: Community Tutor and Development Worker, Birmingham Ethnic Education and Advisory Service, Birmingham, UK/Associate Minister, Highgate Baptist Church, Birmingham.
– 1983: Minister and Distance Education Tutor, Baptist Missionary
Teaching: I have taught courses on B.Ed, BA and B.Th. degrees in Hinduism,
Sikhism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Judaism, Methodology, Ethics, Area
Studies (Asia and the
I have taught upper level (M.Th, MA, M.Div, M.R.E. and PhD) courses in
Religious Pluralism, Spirituality, Ministry, Islam, Religions of India,
ICT. Competencies/Skills: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, SIMS: Finance, Personnel, Assessment Manager, STAR (Student Academic Records), Data Manager, Test Manager), MicroGrade and other programs.
Web Design: I designed www.clintonbennett.net, which offers resources in religious and cultural studies, Islam, and Christianity including lecture notes, book reviews, a bookshop and a guide to Internet resources.
Editorial: I edited the Journal Discernment from 1990 – 1998 and have guest edited World Faiths Insight and Westminster Studies in Education. I have advised the Continuum International Publishing Group, Ashgate, Routledge and Oxford University Press on titles in Religious Studies.
1986-92 I was a member of the Religious Studies committee of the UK
Government’s Curriculum and Assessment authority. I was a member of the World
Council of Churches’ Consultation on the Church and the Jewish People (1992 –
98), attending meetings in
I was associate minister of
Administrative: At the Council of Churches I was responsible for servicing a network of committees, including minutes, agendas, budget, publications and organizing conferences and residential meetings. On a voluntary basis, I have interviewed and appointed staff as Chair of a School’s Governing Body and as officer of various non-profit agencies. I have had experience of financial (Budget of £2 million) and administrative procedures in a busy community school, including various software packages (Schools Information Management Systems - pupil data, orders/invoices/payments), CEMIS and official returns. As clerk to Governors I was also involved in personnel and employee relations work.
Teaching: I have written and delivered open and distance learning courses
at pre-graduate (access), undergraduate and graduate levels and helped to
develop the Open B.Th. course at
Voluntary Service: I have served as member, Vice Chair and Chair of Chandos Primary School Governing Body 1986 – 1992 and as a Governor of Yew Tree Primary School (1984 – 88). I was a member of Birmingham Community Relations Council (1985 - 92) and Chair of the Birmingham Affairs Committee of the Birmingham Council of Christian Churches (1987 – 92). I was Secretary of Small Heath Advice Centre (1985 – 89), Chair of Oldknow Bengali Association (1984 – 1992), member of the Highgate Advice Centre Management Committee (1985 – 1992) and a Trustee of the Yew Tree Association. In these capacities, I gained experience of advocacy, fund raising, staff recruitment, and liaison with Charity Commissioners, City Council and Government Departments. I have organized play schemes, supplementary schools and excursions. I assisted several Birmingham Mosques with obtaining charitable status and funds for community activities.
My MA and PhD research analyzed Western approaches to Islam against the
background of colonialism and Christian mission, especially in
Publications (complete list available on request)
Victorian Images of Islam (1992)
In Search of the Sacred: Anthropology and
the Study of Religions (1996)
Researching into Teaching Methods in
Colleges and Universities (co-author) (1996)
In Search of Muhammad (1998)
In Search of Jesus: Insider and Outsider
Muslims and Modernity: An Introduction to
the Issues and Debates (2005)
Understanding Christian-Muslim Relations (Continuum)
Studying Islam: Critical Issues (Continuum also contracted as editor of the series, Studying Religion)
In Search of Solutions: The Problem of Religion and Conflict (Equinox). (at press)
Understanding the Qur’an (Continuum)
Articles: I have had articles published in The Baptist Quarterly, Dialogue & Alliance, World & I, Discernment, Faith and Freedom, International Bulletin of Missionary Research, Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, World Faiths Encounter.
Sermons: several published in The Expository Times.
Book Reviews: I have had book reviews published in Common Ground, Discernment, Epworth Review, Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, Journal of Church and State, Journal of Semitic Studies, Missiology, Perspectives in Religious Studies, World Faiths Insight.