In the media
Our staff often make apprearances on a variety of media platforms. On this page you can see a selection of the most recent media appearances by our academic staff.
Media appearances in 2012
The Sunday Feature - 'Tracing Beauty' Sunday 08 January 2012, 7.45 pm on BBC Radio 3
"When we use the language of beauty what do we mean? Professor Ben Quash asks what future there is for a concept in exile."
You can now listen to this broadcast online via BBC iPlayer.
Previous media engagements - 2011
29 October 2011 - The Arab Intellectuals Who Didn't Roar (The New York Times)
Dr Carool Kersten was interviewed and quoted by Robert F. Worth of the New York Times in a news analysis piece that appeared in the 29 October issue of the New York. Here is the relevant paragraph:
'The Arab intellectuals who didn't roar' (NYT, 29 October 2011) "in recent years their voices often went unheard, because their secular language had little resonance in societies where political Islamic was becoming a dominant force. nor did Islamic reformers fare much better when they tried to cast their political critique in religious terms. The Egyptian scholar Hassan Hanafi, for instrance, in the 1980s began calling for the creation of an "Islamic Left", a socialist ideology rooted in religion. He was branded a heretic and had to seek police protection after receiving death threats from jihadists. His work gained an audience in Indonesia, but not in his own country, said Carool Kersten, a lecturer at King's College London who has written on Islamic reformers".
04 July 2011 Sunday Worship (BBC Radio 4)
Reverend Professor Ben Quash reflected on the paintings in the National Gallery inspired by scripture.
29 June - Church alcohol policy to focus on retailers (The Times)
Revd Professor Richard Burridge, Dean of King's College London, talked about a new ethical investment policy on alcohol adopted by the Church of England.
14 June - Women’s rights in Saudi Arabia
Professor Madawi Al-Rasheed talked about women’s rights in Saudi Arabia during a week of protests there. She was interviewed on BBC Radio 4’s Women’s Hour, BBC Radio 4’s The Today Programme and ITV’s News at Ten. Listen to BBC Radio 4’s Women’s Hour here (item starts at 9:25).
06 June Saudi Arabia best placed to influence outcome of crisis
Professor Madawi Al-Rasheed commented for The Guardian on Saudi Arabian policy towards Yemen, in the light of President Saleh’s escape to Riyadh for medical treatment. ‘For the Saudis Yemen is not a foreign policy issue but a security one,’ she said. Professor Al-Rasheed was interviewed earlier this week by Free Speech Radio (USA) and The Guardian story also ran in The Sydney Morning Herald.
08 May Saudi Arabia's influence in the Middle East ABC (online). Madawi Al Rasheed, from the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, talks about the issue of Saudi Arabia’s role and influence in the Middle East, and its reaction to recent events in the region.
22 April, The Story of Jesus - Dr Joan Taylor on BBC1
Look out for a two-part documentary about the historical Jesus to be screened on BBC1 over the Easter weekend 2011. Dr Joan Taylor will be appearing as one the presenters, searching for John the Baptist and exploring Jesus' relationship with John.
08 April, BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour: Jenny Murray spoke to Professor Madawi Al-Rasheed, Professor of Anthropology of Religion, Department of Theology & Religious Studies, on the forthcoming elections in Saudi Arabia and whether they will bring women any closer to the vote.
28 March BBC Radio 4’s Start the Week: As revolution and change sweep across the Middle East, Andrew Marr talks to Madawi Al-Rasheed, Professor of Anthropology of Religion, Department of Theology & Religious Studies, about the impact on the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
24 March WNYC Radio’s The Leonard Lopate Show: The Saudi Royal family has been a close ally with the United States for decades. They are also one of the most repressive regimes in the Middle East. Madawi Al-Rasheed, Professor of Anthropology of Religion, Department of Theology & Religious Studies, looked into the history of the family, how they rule the country with an iron fist and why a nascent protest movement there has been suppressed.
14 March Preachers of hate as loyal subjects The New York Times
Madawi Al-Rasheed, Professor of Anthropology of Religion, Department of Theology and Religious Studies, contributes to a debate on Saudi Arabia as anxiety about political unrest grows.
12 March Warning over decline of religious education in schools The Daily Telegraph (p.10)
High-quality religious education lessons face being killed off because of teaching cuts and the subject's exclusion from new-style school league tables, academics have warned in a letter to The Telegraph today. Reverend Professor Alister McGrath, Chair in Theology, Ministry & Education and Head of the Centre for Theology, Religion & Culture, Andrew Wright, Professor of Religious and Theological Education, and Ann-Marie Brandom, Lecturer in Religious Education, have co-signed the letter.
10 March, BBC World Service’s Heart and Soul: Religion and Revolt: Madawi al-Rasheed, Professor of Anthropology of Religion, Department of Theology & Religious Studies, joined a panel to discuss what role religion has played in the Middle East uprisings.
28 February Yes, it could happen here, (Foreign Policy): Madawi Al-Rasheed, Professor of Anthropology of Religions, in the Department of Theology & Religious Studies outlines the reasons why Saudi Arabia is ripe for revolution.
12 February Neighbours shaken by shift in Egypt (The Wall Street Journal) The resignation of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has rattled regional allies and foes alike, threatening the balance of power in the Middle East. Madawi al-Rasheed, Professor of Anthropology of Religion, Department of Theology & Religious Studies, comments: 'Saudi Arabia has lost a loyal ally today.'
02 February , Sky News’ Jeff Randall Live: Dr Ashraf Mishrif, Senior Lecturer in Political Economy, Department of Middle East & Mediterranean Studies, was interviewed on the violence surrounding the political crisis in Egypt.
04 January , BBC Radio 4’s King James Bible: Reverend Professor Alister McGrath, Chair in Theology, Ministry and Education and Head of the Centre for Theology, Religion & Culture, was featured in this programme hosted by James Naughtie which marked the 400th anniversary of the publication of the King James Bible.