Esmé Lily Katherine Partridge is a writer and consultant working between religion, philosophy and politics. She holds a First Class BA (Hons) in Religion from SOAS, University of London, and is currently pursuing an MPhil in Philosophy of Religion at Clare College, University of Cambridge, where she researches Neoplatonism, Islamic thought, and theologies of modernity.
As an undergraduate, her dissertation was awarded Top Student Thesis in Digital Religion Studies for 2021 by the Texas A&M University, and her paper on the mysticism of Ibn ‘Arabi was awarded a commendation in the Muhyiddin Ibn ‘Arabi Society’s 2019 International Young Writers Award, being subsequently published in the Society’s academic journal. She also appears in the latest volume of the Temenos Academy Review with an essay on the mystical symbolism of pearls in Syriac Christian and Sufi literature.
In addition to her academic work, Esmé also writes about the relationship between religion and contemporary society, and has been featured in such publications as Renovatio (The Journal of Zaytuna College), Alif, ArabLit Quarterly, Muslim Institute, Traversing Tradition, Athwart Magazine, Genealogies of Modernity, Theos Think Tank, The Royal Society of Arts, UnHerd and The Critic.
Esmé works as an Associate for the Good Faith Partnership, a social consultancy and incubator at the intersection of religion, politics and civil society. In her role, she works primarily on interfaith and Freedom of Religion or Belief initiatives such as the development of a Religion and diplomacy training programme for the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), and is on the secretariat for the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Christianity in the Holy Land.
Through her current role and freelancing work, Esmé has extensive professional experience in consulting, communications, writing and editing, and actively applies these skills to a range of projects. Her work has been featured by SOAS, Church Times, Jewish News, The Irish Catholic, The Week, Atlantico, Front Porch Republic and the Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art.