Having recently graduated from SOAS, University of London with a First class BA (Hons) in Religion, Esmé Lily Katherine Partridge is a researcher, writer and interfaith coordinator specialising in Islamic Studies, theology, mysticism and spirituality in a digital age. She wrote her dissertation on the phenomenon of witchcraft on the social media app TikTok and its relationship with secularity, and continues to research the ways in which the millennial and Gen-Z generations engage with the sacred. In the field of Islamic studies, Esmé has authored numerous independent research papers and articles on theology and philosophy, specialising in the Neoplatonic thought of al-Kindī and al-Fārābī and what can be learnt from their insights in the contemporary context. Her research interests are bound together by an overarching concern with the dynamics between religion and secularity; tradition and modernity; and the Enlightenment shift from metaphysics to materialism.
Regarding her academic work, Esmé 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. Her essay on music theory in the Islamic philosophical tradition features in the Spring 2021 issue of ArabLit Quarterly, and she is also set to appear in the forthcoming volume of the Temenos Academy Review with her study on the mystical symbolism of the oyster pearl in Syriac Christian and Sufi literature. In addition, Esmé regularly presents her research in the context of online discussions and conferences, such as those held by The Muhyiddin Ibn ‘Arabi Society, The Temenos Academy, and various podcasts. She has taken part in forums ranging from debates on subjects such as religion and technology to an interview with David Bentley Hart.
Esmé works as an Interfaith Coordinator 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 a Muslim civic engagement initiative responding to the challenges faced by Islam in the modern world. Through her current role and previous internships, she has professional experience in editing, copywriting, communications and broadcasting, and continues to apply her skills to a range of freelance projects. She is currently editing a book on Islam and Greek philosophy, and is the writer and presenter of Everyday Muslim’s podcast ‘Stories From The Archives’; a series dedicated to the stories of Muslims living in Britain. She also continues to write journalistic pieces and short-form articles on Islam, philosophy, politics and the state of religion in the modern West, which have been published by 'Alif: Traditional Wisdom in Review, Athwart Magazine, Renovatio (The Journal of Zaytuna College), Traversing Tradition, Muslim Institute, Theos Think Tank and The Royal Society of Arts.