Institute for Philosophical Studies

Phone: +386 5 663 77 00

Research Areas:

  • Study of Religion
  • Study of Islam
  • Intellectual History


Dr Carool Kersten has a PhD in the Study of Religions from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London (2009); a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP, with merit) from King’s College London (2010); and a MA in Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies from Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands (cum laude, 1987). He also obtained a Certificate in Thai and Southeast Asian Studies from Payap University, Chiang Mai (Thailand) (2001). In 1995-1996, Kersten attended a Postgraduate Programme in Philosophy at Radboud University Nijmegen, where he earned credits in history of ancient philosophy, history of medieval philosophy, history of modern philosophy, ethics, philosophy of science, epistemology, philosophical anthropology, social and political philosophy). In 1988, he was admitted as a Sworn Translator by District Court of Arnhem (the Netherlands).

Dr Carool Kersten is Reader (Associate Professor) in the Study of Islam and the Muslim world at King’s College London, where he has been since 2007. He has also been a guest lecturer at the Institute of Ismaili Studies and an associate lecturer at the Open University in the UK. Prior to that he was a Faculty Member at the Graduate and International Studies Center at Payap University in Thailand and Academic Director (Thailand) of the Lexia Study Abroad Programme. Before returning to academia, Dr Kersten worked for 10 years in various management positions in Saudi Arabia.

Dr Carool Kersten is the author or editor of 11 books, including 4 single-authored monographs. In addition he has contributed more than a hundred book chapters, scholarly articles, and reviews to edited volumes and international academic journals.

In 2015, Dr Kersten was the recipient of the King’s Award for Media Personality of the Year.

Research activity:

At the Institute for Philosophical Studies ZRS Koper, Carool Kersten is a co-investigator in the Project »Ustvarjena bitja, ljudje, roboti: teologija stvarjenja med humanizmom in posthumanizmom« (J6-1813; 2019-present). Previously he was a research associate in the Project »Med politiko in etiko: K novi svetovni kulturi gostoljubja in nenasilja« [Between Politics and Ethics: Towards A New World Culture of Hospitality and Non-violence] (J6-5565; 2014-2016). Dr Kersten’s research concentrates on the intellectual history of the Muslim World, modern political Islam, and methods and theories in the study of religions. He has held a fellowship from the Arts and Humanities Research Council in the UK and received research grants from the British Academy, the Higher Education Academy in the UK and the University of London Central Research Fund, as well as from the European Science Foundation and the European Consortium for Asian Field Studies. In the past he has been a research associate of the Centre of Southeast Asian Studies at SOAS and an affiliate researcher at the Asia Research Center, National University of Singapore.

Aside from his involvement in ZRS projects, Dr Kersten is also contributing to the Blasphemies Project of the Institute for Culture Studies and Oriental Languages at the University of Oslo, and to the World Philosophies Project at SOAS

Dr Kersten is a founding member of the British Assocation for Islamic Studies (BRAIS), serving on the organisation’s council and advisory board since 2014. He is the editor of the book series Contemporary Thought in the Islamic World for Routledge (2012-present). He also serves on the editorial boards of Method and Theory in the Study of Religion, Contemporary Islam, Sophia Studies in Cross-cultural Philosophy of Traditions and Cultures, and the  Journal of Dialogue Studies.