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.
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.
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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A list of full publications is available in PDF format.
3 ongoing series at Edinburgh University Press and 1 at Routledge.
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.
This article was published on Aug 17, 2015