Andreas Görke

Senior Lecturer in Islamic Studies


Andreas Görke is Senior Lecturer in Islamic Studies at the University of Edinburgh. He received his PhD from the University of Hamburg in 2001 and his Habilitation from the University of Basel in 2010. 

Before coming to Edinburgh in September 2011, he worked as a postdoctoral research assistant at the Universities of Hamburg (2001-2002), Basel (2002-2005), the Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB) (2005-2006), and Freie Universität Berlin (2006) and as Lecturer in Islamic studies at the University of Kiel (2007-2011).

In 2009/10 he served as acting professor for early and classical Islam at the University of Hamburg.

Undergraduate teaching

  • Introduction to Islam
  • Elements of Islam
  • The Qur'an - Islam's Holy Book
  • Where History meets Mystery: Approaches to the Study of Early Islam

Postgraduate teaching

  • The Qur'an - Islam's Holy Book
  • Problems, Methods, and Theories in the Study of Early Islam
  • Research Methods and Problems in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies
  • Critical Readings in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Current PhD students supervised

Abdulla Haidar

Nasser Alfalasi

Dalia Abdel Moaty Hussein Ali

Georgi Obatnin

Past PhD students supervised

Marjan Asi

Ali Al Lawati

Aurangzeb Haneef

Badreldin Ismail

Simon Loynes

Tobias Anderson

I-Wen Su

Hannah Hagemann

Research summary

Dr Görke's research interests include early Islamic history and historiography, the life of the Prophet Muhammad, the Qur'an and Qur'anic exegesis, Hadith, Islamic law, the transmission of Arabic manuscripts, Islam in its Late Antique environment, the impact of modernity on Muslim thought, and Holy Places in Islam.


  • Early Islamic history and historiography
  • Islam and its relation to late antique cultures and religions
  • The biography of Muhammad
  • Hadith
  • Qur'an and Qur'anic exegesis
  • Methodological issues in the study of early Islam
  • Holy places in Islam