Rachel Scott is an Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies in the Religious Studies program (IDST). Her research interests include modern Islamic thought, political Islam, and Muslim-Christian relations. Her primary focus is on the political and social thought of Islamist thinkers and activists including Sayyid Qutb and Muhamamd al-Ghazzali, and on the interaction between medieval and modern Islamic thought. She received her Ph.D. in Islamic Studies from SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies), the University of London (2004), her M.Phil. in Modern Middle Eastern Studies from St Antony's College, Oxford (2001) and her B.A. in Arabic and Islamic Studies from Pembroke College, Oxford (1998). She has articles in the Journal of Political Ideologies (2003) and Islamic Culture (1998) and is currently preparing her dissertation, entitled Egyptian Islamist Thought on the Copts and Christianity (1970-2004), for publication as a book. Professor Scott teaches courses such as Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, Islam, Islam in the Modern World, and Quran and Hadith for the Religious Studies program. Teaching interests for the ASPECT program include medieval and modern Islamic thought.