Professor Carole Hillenbrand

Carole Hillenbrand
  • Professor Carole Hillenbrand
  • Honorary Fellow
  • Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies University of Edinburgh
  • 19 George Square
  • Edinburgh
  • EH8 9LD

Academic career

Educated at Cambridge, Oxford and Edinburgh Universities; Lecturer in Arabic, 1979-89; Reader in Islamic History, 1989-2000; Professor of Islamic History, Edinburgh University, 2000-8; Head of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, Edinburgh, 1997-2002, 2006-8; Visiting Professor, Groningen University, The Netherlands, 2002; Visiting Professor, Dartmouth College, USA, 1994 and 2005; Honorary Professorial Fellow, IMES, Edinburgh, 2008- ; Visiting Professor at St Louis University, USA, 2011 and 2013; Professor of Islamic History, St Andrews University, 2013- .

Undergraduate courses taught: Arabic 1, Arabic 2, Islamic history, classical Arabic texts, Sufism, al-Ghazali, jihad, classical Persian literature, the Crusades, the Assassins, Islamic Jerusalem.

Ph.D students supervised at Edinburgh number over 50.

Awards within the UK

British Academy Readership, 1994-6; Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, 2001; Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, 2003; Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society, 2003; Fellow of the British Academy, 2007; OBE for Services to Higher Education, 2009; Honorary Fellowship at Somerville College, Oxford, 2010; BRISMES Award for Services to Middle Eastern Studies in Britain, 2015.

International awards

King Faisal International Prize in Islamic Studies, 2005; Corresponding Fellowship in the Medieval Academy of America, 2012.


5 single-authored books, 2 co-edited books, more than 60 articles and book chapters.

The book The Crusades: Islamic perspectives, 1999, has been translated into Russian, Indonesian and Turkish.

The book Turkish myth and Muslim symbol: the Battle of Manzikert, 2007, has been translated into Turkish.

The book Islam: A Historical Introduction, 2015, is being translated into Italian.

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Full publications

A list of full publications is available in PDF format.

Series editor

3 ongoing series at Edinburgh University Press and 1 at Routledge.

Other activities

Head of Sub-Panel L48 in RAE 2008; Chair of the British Academy Oriental Languages, and Middle East and North Africa panels, 2010-13; History Assessor for the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO), 2005- ; 18 TV and radio interviews about the Crusades or al-Ghazali; invited plenary lectures (in English, French, German or Arabic) in USA, Europe and Middle East; judge for the British-Kuwait Prize in Middle Eastern Studies,2000- ; Gibb Memorial Trustee, Cambridge, 2000-; advisory boards of 4 academic journals.

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