Charles Ramsey, PhD

Professor of Islamic Studies
Southeast Asian Religions Specialist 
International Experience: Bhutan, Brazil, China, England, France, Germany, India, Mexico, Pakistan, USA





  • Doctor of Philosophy, Religious Studies, University of Birmingham, England
  • Post-Graduate Certificate, Poverty Reduction: Policy and Practice, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, England
  • Master of Arts, Theology, History of Religion/World Religion, Baylor University, Waco, TX, USA
  • Bachelor of Arts, University Scholars Program, Baylor University, Waco, TX, USA

Doctor of Philosophy Dissertation 

  • Elucidating the Word: Sayyid Ahmad Khan (1817-1898), Revelation, and Coherence

Master’s Thesis 

  • From Eid to Eid: An Ethnographic Study of a Multi-ethnic Immigrant Mosque

Academic Experiences

  • Assistant Professor of Religion and Public Policy, Forman Christian College, Lahore, Pakistan
  • Academic Director, Centre for Dialogue and Action, Forman Christian College, Lahore, Pakistan
  • Lecturer, South Asian Religions, University Institute, New Delhi, India
  • Visiting Faculty, Department of Management, University of Kashmir, Srinager, India

Teaching Specializations

  • Islam (modern, classic, philosophy, exegetical commentary)
  • South Asian Religions
  • Sufism
  • Folk Islam

Academic Presentations

  • Imagining a Post-Islamist Pakistan, Pakistan the Long View 2047, University of Texas at Austin and Center for Public Policy and Governance Workshop, Forman Christian College. Lahore (December 2016)
  • Contested sources: a study of the 1865 Arabic Bible in Indian tafsir literature, The Bible in Arabic in the nineteenth century: What challenges for Christianity and Islam in the Middle East societies since 1865? Groupe Sociétés, Religions, Laïcités CNRS-GSRL. Paris (May 2016)
  • Blessed Bounds: the Limits of Sunnah to Legitimize Violence, Islamic Peace Ethics: Legitimate and Illegitimate Violence in Contemporary Islamic Thought, Institute for Theology and Peace.Hamburg, Germany (October 2015)
  • Confronting Extremism in the New Silk Web, The Silk Web in the 21st Century, Hopkins Nanjing Centre, School of Advanced International Studies. Nanjing, China (November 2014)
  • Analysis of Religious Discourse in the Pakistan Media: A Historical Narrative, Social Change and Security Imperatives: Challenges for Leadership and Democratic Governance in Pakistan, Center for Public Policy and Governance, Forman Christian College. Lahore, Pakistan (December 2013)
  • From the Mughals to the Reformists: Islamic Responses to Biblical Literature in the History of Muslim-Christian Relations, Lecture at Zakir Hussain Institute of Islamic Studies in collaboration with Department of Islamic Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia University. New Delhi, India (October 2013)
  • Lessons from the Rishi: Esoteric Meaning and the Sociology of Knowledge, Seminar on the Philosophy of Social Sciences, UNESCO Mandajeet Singh Institute for Kashmir Studies. Srinagar, India (November 2011)
  • Rishiwaer: Kashmir the Valley of the Saints, South and Southeast Asian Association for the Study of Culture and Religion, Conference on Mountains in the Religions of South and Southeast Asia. Thimpu, Bhutan (July 2011)

Fellowships and Awards

  • British Library, Endangered Archives Award: “Nur Afshan: Inter-Religious History of the Punjab from 1873-1944” ($80,000), co-authored with Dr. Yaqoob Bangash Khan (History, Oxon), November 2013-November 2014
  • United States Institute of Peace Grant: “Teaching Diversity” ($150,000), co-authored with Dr. Amineh Hoti (Anthropology, Cambridge), December 2013-February 2016
  • United Nations World Interfaith Harmony Week, Gold Medal ($20,000), co-authored with Allama A.G.R. Chisthi, April 2015
  • Institute of International Education, National Security Endowment Award for the study of Chinese language and culture, Yunnan Institute for the Nationalities ($10,000), August 1995–May 1996

Professional Memberships

  • American Academy of Religion
  • South and Southeast Asian Association for the Study of Culture and Religion
  • The British Association for Islamic Studies


  • English, native or bilingual proficiency
  • Portuguese, native or bilingual proficiency
  • Spanish, native or bilingual proficiency
  • Urdu, full professional proficiency
  • Punjabi, full professional proficiency
  • Arabic, limited working proficiency