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Christopher Clohessy is a South African-born Catholic priest who holds a Bachelor of Sacred Theology from the Pontifical Urbanianum University in Rome, and a PhD from the Pontifical Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies (PISAI), also in Rome. He is at present a resident faculty member of PISAI, where he is professor of Shī‘ī Islamic studies, as well as lecturing in Qur’ānic Studies, Islamic Ethics and Christian- Muslim dialogue. He is also visiting lecturer at the Pontifical Beda College in Rome, where he lectures in Fundamental Theology, Ecclesiology and Mariology, as well as in Christian-Muslim Dialogue. He is author of Fâtima, Daughter of Muhammad (2009, 2018 2 ND ed.), Half of My Heart: the Narratives of Zaynab, Daughter of ‘Alî (2018), and Angels Hastening. The Karbalā’ Dreams (2021), all published by Gorgias Press. In 2021 Half of My Heart: the Narratives of Zaynab, Daughter of ‘Alî was nominated by The Book Authority, in conjunction with CNN and Forbes, as one of the 95 most important books on Islamic history, and in February 2021 Fr. Clohessy was awarded the Islamic Republic of Iran’s 28 TH International World Book Award, in the category of ‘Distinguished Researcher’.

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