Raissa von Doetinchem de Rande

Raissa de Rande


Areas of Study and Research

Religious Ethics

Faculty Assistant Professor of Religious Ethics; also in the College

Professor de Rande’s research interests lie at the intersection of the study of Islam and religious ethics. The author of numerous articles and book reviews, her first monograph, The Politics of Islamic Ethics: Hierarchy and Human Nature in the Philosophical Tradition, is forthcoming with Cambridge University Press in the New Cambridge Studies in Religion and Critical Thought series. The book focuses on the Qurʾanic concept of a divinely created human nature and its reception in early Islamic philosophy. 

Professor de Rande was most recently at hodes College in Memphis, Tennessee, where she was an Assistant Professor of Religious Studies with an appointment in the program in Jewish, Islamic and Middle East Studies (JIMES). She received her PhD from Princeton University (Department of Religion) in 2021; in addition, she holds a BA from the University of Oxford (2012) and an MAR from Yale Divinity School (2014).  

Prof. de Rande will begin offering courses in Spring of 2025: “Islamic Ethics I: Foundations” will set the Islamic tradition in conversation with issues ranging from individual flourishing and the organization of society to conceptions of law and prophecy. “Islamic Supersessionism(s)” will explore Islamic engagements with the question of the relation of Islam to previous revelations.