Bill Drexel is an MPhil candidate in Intellectual History and Political Thought at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge. His work focuses on the comparative ideological origins of modern religio-political movements, especially Islamism, Hindu nationalism, and religious Zionism. Particularly, Bill explores how these movements are inspired by—and reconcile themselves to—modernity and secularity.
Bill previously studied the Humanities at Yale University, and spent a year conducting research on Hinduism and environmentalism across India as a Fox International Fellow at Jawaharlal Nehru University. His research interests include secularism theory, pluralism, and the history of religious diplomacy.
News & Events
14th Oct 2017
CIRIS was well represented at a 10-12 October conference in Trento, Italy on Exiting Violence: The Role of Religion. From Texts to Theories. CIRIS Managing Director Judd Birdsall presented a paper on religion and American diplomacy, CIRIS Senior Research Associate (and FBK Associate Researcher) Pasquale Annicchino moderated several panels, and CIRIS Graduate Research Associate Matthew Rowley was awarded […]
13th Jul 2017
13 July 2017 – CIRIS Graduate Research Associate Tobias Müller recently contributed a chapter in a report on Muslims in the UK and Europe published by the Centre for Islamic Studies at Cambridge University. Müller’s chapter, ‘Constructing Islam and Secularism in the German Islam Conference,’ argues that beyond the intentions expressed by government officials, the aims of the […]
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