Mario I Aguilar


  • KY16 9JU

    United Kingdom

Accepting Postgraduate Research Students

PhD projects

Religion and Politics in the non-Western world; Interreligious Dialogue; Christian- Buddhist and Christian-Hindu dialogue; History of Hinduism and Buddhism; Art and Temples in India; Hindu and Buddhist texts; Churches and Theology in Africa, Asia and Latin America; Tibetan Buddhism and the history of the Dalai Lamas; Islam in Africa; Somalia and Somaliland, Kenya, Rwanda.

Personal profile

Research overview

The Study of Religion; Religion in the Contemporary World; Theology in Latin America and Africa; Contextual Theology; Biblical Studies and Anthropology, Islam in Africa, theology of the poor and disappeared, history and colonialism in I Maccabees, Chile, Rwanda, Kenya, Somalia. History of Tibet and Tibetan Buddhism, Christian- Buddhist dialogue. Hinduism, particularly monasticism in India, Christian-Hindu dialogue, Hindu texts, Indian museums, Kolkata, Indian art, particularly Altaf Mohamedi. Pope Francis and Vatican diplomacy.

Other expertise

Constitutional and Legal Frameworks for dialogue in Kenya, Somaliland, India, Tibet and Bangladesh.

Future research

 Three volumes on Christian-Hindu dialogue to be published in India, a mansucript on The 14th Dalai Lama: Peacekeeping and Universal Responsibility (Routledge India), and cooperative research on Religion and Politics in Coquimbo, northern Chile.

Industrial relevance

Policy making and risk factors in China, Autonomous Region of Tibet, India, East and Central Africa, Latin America

Academic/Professional Qualification

MA, Social Anthropology, SOAS, University of London; PhD, SOAS, University of London; MA/STB, Religious Studies/Theology, University of Leuven; , Diploma in Communications, University of Ireland/Maynooth; BA, Philosophy, Chile; Latin American Studies Association USA; Association of African Studies UK; Anthropos Institut (Germany); American Academy of Religion; International African Institute; Society for Latin American Studies UK; Royal Africa Society

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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