This week we are thinking about our friend and colleague, Dr Mark Currie, who died at home suddenly last week.

Mark had been a research and senior fellow in CSTPV since 2010, in a role which allowed him to enjoy both teaching and PhD supervision. He had this year taught his first undergraduate module, and had recently been nominated for the Student’s Association Teaching Awards. A scholar who could be considered a polymath, his intellectual interests were distinguished both by breadth and depth. He wrote and edited a series of books on extraordinarily diverse topics including right-wing political violence, Irish dissident Republican terrorism, and a medieval Sufi shrine in India.

Mark’s first degree was in anthropology at the University of Cambridge. He then studied at Oxford for a post-graduate diploma in theology and comparative religion, and completed his doctorate on aspects of Islam in South Asia. He was also employed as a UK civil servant working in defence and diplomacy, with postings to Washington, Berlin and many other places over several decades before returning to the academic fold in St Andrews.

Our thoughts go out to his wife Francesca, and their family.