Drawing her inspiration from the interdisciplinary mutakallimūn scholars of the Medieval Islamic world, Esmé Lily Katherine Partridge is a researcher, writer and presenter exploring the place of religion in modernity. She is currently pursuing a BA in Religion, Culture and Society at SOAS, University of London where she specialises in Islamic Studies, theology, mysticism, secularism and spirituality in a digital age. She is also learning Arabic. Outside of university, she has written several research essays which have been praised by academics. She was awarded a commendation in the Muhyiddin Ibn ‘Arabi Society’s 2019 International Young Writers Award for her paper ‘The Celestial ‘Polished Mirror’: The Mystical Dimension of The Moon According to Muhyiddin Ibn ‘Arabi', which has since been published in Volume 68 of the society's academic journal. She has also presented her research at events held by The Muhyiddin Ibn ‘Arabi Society, The Temenos Academy, and on YouTube channels.
Alongside her studies, Esmé is a senior contributor for ‘Alif: Traditional Wisdom In Review; a young digital media publication exploring the nexus between the Islamic and Western intellectual traditions. In addition to this, she is also a freelance researcher, writer and editor, and is currently working on a range of projects such as a fantasy roleplaying game set on the Early Modern Silk Road for which she is a historical consultant. She is the writer and presenter of Everyday Muslim’s forthcoming podcast ‘Stories From The Archives’, a series dedicated to the stories of Muslims living in Britain. She also writes articles on Islam, philosophy and the state of religion in the West which have been published by Muslim Institute and The Royal Society of Arts. Upon graduating, she hopes to embark on a career of religion scholarship, research, journalism and broadcasting.