Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies


Recent news from the department of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies.

Marwa Mouazen

Teaching Matters - Marwa Mouazen

Teaching Matters is the University of Edinburgh’s new website and blog for debate about learning and teaching, for sharing ideas and approaches to teaching, and for showcasing our successes, including academic colleagues who are leading the way in delivering brilliant teaching. Marwa Mouazen is one such member of staff who has stepped forward to share her approaches to language learning teaching.

Watch the video on the Teaching Matters site

Professor Carole Hillenbrand at the award ceremony at the British Academy

Professor Carole Hillenbrand awarded prestigious Nayef Al-Rodhan Prize for Transcultural Understanding.

Professor Carole Hillenbrand was awarded the prestigious Nayef Al-Rodhan Prize for Transcultural Understanding for her book, Islam: A New Historical Introduction (Thames & Hudson Ltd, 2015) at a ceremony at the British Academy on 31 October.

The prize, founded by the International Relations scholar, Dr Nayef Al-Rodhan, is worth £25,000, and is awarded annually is designed to illustrate the interconnected nature of cultures and civilizations. 

Professor Jaakko Hameen-Anttila

New Iraq Chair in Arabic and Islamic Studies

Welcome to Professor Jaakko Hämeen-Anttila, who joins IMES as the new Iraq Chair in Arabic and Islamic Studies. Formerly a professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies at the University of Helsinki, Professor Hämeen Anttila has published extensively on the languages, history and culture of the Middle East. His recent publications include Case Studies in Transmission (Münster, 2015) and he is currently working on the transmission of the Middle Persian Khwadaynamag into medieval Arabic.

Graduations at IMES

Very many congratulations to all the new IMES graduates of 2016, who graduated on Thursday 30th June.

And very many congratulations to the winners of the two annual IMES prizes:

  • Lucy Deacon (Arabic and Persian) was awarded the Irene Crawford Prize for the best overall performance by a fourth year student in IMES.
  • Emma Robertson (Arabic) was awarded the Carole Hillenbrand Prize for the best undergraduate dissertation for her dissertation, Contemporary Native British Conversion to Islam: A Historically Comparative Approach.

Marwa Mouazen wins EUSA Teaching Award

Congratulations to Marwa Mouazen, Teaching Fellow in Arabic at IMES, who was awarded the Ian Campbell Award for Teaching in the Humanities and Social Science by the Edinburgh University Students’ Association (EUSA). 

More than 2000 nominations were received for staff across the University, and a student judging panel agreed the shortlist and winners. The Teaching Awards began in 2009 as part of an ongoing commitment to highlight the importance of excellence in teaching alongside the University’s research activity. 

The awards recognise teachers, support staff and peer support leaders who strive to raise standards and introduce innovative ways of helping students to learn.