Grad Profiles


Cora Kyler

MA 2018


  • University of Virginia, M.A. in Religious Studies
    • Concentration in Theology, Ethics, and Culture
  • University of Virginia, B.A. in Religious Studies, with High Distinction
    • Distinguished Major, Concentration in Islam, Minor in Bioethics
    • Undergraduate Thesis: "Bioethical Border Crossing": Principalizing, Patient Autonomy, and the Immutable Force of Modernization in Western and Islamic Bioethical Discourse

Research Interests

  • The influence Western bioethical principalsim has had on Islamic iterations of bioethical theory and praxis through a view of principalism as an activity of theoretical reason
  • Modernization and the relationship between technical possibilities and the realities of living people—focusing on the development of rationalism and the heightened position of the individual as a liberated participant in the natural order 
  • Harmony between epistemology and prophecy in the Islamic Tradition
  • The unifying potential of the vulnerable human body