Matthew Rowley

img_3984Matthew is a PhD Candidate in early modern religious and political history at the University of Leicester. His thesis is entitled ‘Godly Killing: Military Providentialism in the British Atlantic World, 1620–1680’. This study traces Puritan interpretations of providence in military victory over enemies in England, Ireland, Scotland and colonial America. He is concerned throughout with how beliefs are created, sustained, contested, and occasionally dismantled. Though the focus is on theology and warfare, the work also touches on issues of identity, race, slavery, law, and communal remembrance of the past.
Matthew holds an MDiv and ThM from Bethlehem College and Seminary in Minneapolis where he wrote his thesis on the imitation of biblical violence. Among his published works are ‘What Causes Religious Violence?: Three Hundred Claimed Contributing Causes’ (Journal of Religion and Violence) and ‘How Should We Respond to Religious Violence?: Fifteen Ways to Critique our Own Thoughts’ (Ethics in Brief). He is currently coediting a volume on religion, hermeneutics, and violence for a theological journal.

News & Events

8th Dec 2017

CIRIS Co-sponsors 2-day Workshop on ‘Islam and Space in Europe’

CIRIS Research Associates Tobias Muller and Chris Moses organised a workshop, “Religious? Secular? Re-thinking Islam and Space in Europe”,  together with Adela Taleb (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin). CIRIS was one of the sponsors of the two-day event, which brought together twenty scholars from a diverse range of fields, including anthropology, political science, music, architecture, geography, sociology, criminology, […]



13th Jul 2017

CIRIS Research Associate Tobias Müller Contributes Chapter to Report on Muslims in Europe

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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