Carole Hillenbrand was educated at the Universities of Cambridge, Oxford and Edinburgh. She was appointed Professor of Islamic History in 2000 and served as Head of the Department of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, from 1997-2002 and from 2006-2008. She was Visiting Professor at Dartmouth College, New Hampshire, USA in 1994 and 2005 and at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands in 2002.
In 2005 she was awarded the King Faisal Prize for Islamic Studies, 2005 (the first non-Muslim to be awarded this prize). She has been Islamic Advisory Editor at Edinburgh University Press since 1983 and Editor of the series entitled “Studies in Persian and Turkish History”, published by Routledge since 1999. She is Head of Sub-Panel L48 in the Research Assessment Exercise, 2008. She has been named in the 2009 Queen's New Year's Honours list and is to be awarded an OBE for services to Higher Education.
Her research interests include the Seljuqs of Iran and Turkey, the Crusades, medieval Muslim political thought, especially the work of al-Ghazali.
This article was published on May 19, 2014