Dr Rebecca Skreslet Hernandez joins the MBIT community as a Research Associate in 2019-2020. Rebecca's academic background is in Arabic and Islamic Studies. She supervises students at the University of Cambridge in Arabic language and is the author of The Legal Thought of Jalal al-Din al-Suyuti: Authority and Legacy (OUP, 2017). This work examines the ways in which jurists negotiate authority in Islamic legal discourses in medieval and modern Egypt.
Rebecca's current research, tentatively titled, Daily Miracles: Stories of Lived Theology in Egypt, looks at the lived experience and theological engagement of Egyptian Christians in the contemporary period. It aims to bring into focus the distinct perspectives that Egyptian Christians contribute to global theological discussions, highlighting themes of freedom, body, and hope.