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Faculty Staff

NamePositionResearch Interests
Dr Amira K Bennison Reader in the History and Culture of the Maghrib

History and Culture of the Pre-modern Maghrib.

Professor Geoffrey Khan Regius Professor of Hebrew, Chairman of the Faculty Board Biblical Hebrew reading traditions; Biblical Hebrew syntax; The Karaite tradition of Hebrew grammatical thought; Arabic papyrology.
Professor Charles Melville Professor of Persian History History and culture of Iran in the Mongol to Safavid periods, and the illustration of Persian manuscripts.
Professor James Montgomery The Sir Thomas Adams's Professor of Arabic

The Intellectual History of Classical Arabic Islam during the Ninth Century.

Dr Shady Hekmat Nasser University Lecturer in Classical Arabic Studies

Qurʾanic Studies; Classical Arabic Literature; Arab Folk Literature 

Dr Christine van Ruymbeke Ali Reza and Mohamed Soudavar Senior Lecturer in Persian Studies

Classical Persian prose and poetry.

Affiliated Researchers

NameResearch Interests
Dr Annabel Keeler Islamic Mysticism, Sufi Literature in Arabic and Persian, Sufi Exegesis of the Qur'an
Dr Nadia Vidro Hebrew and Semitic studies.

Post Doctoral Researchers

NamePositionResearch Interests
Dr Elizabeth Key Fowden

Gerda Henkel Stiftung Senior Researcher

History of the Mediterranean and Middle East from late antiquity to the early modern period.
Book in preparationThe Parthenon Mosque.

Dr Aaron Hornkohl University Teaching Associate in Hebrew and Aramaic Ancient Hebrew and Aramaic.

Associated Researchers

NamePositionResearch Interests
Dr Firuza Abdullaeva Academic Associate, Head of the Shahnama Centre, Classical and modern Persian literature; medieval Islamic book art and codicology; travelogue literature of the Qajar period; Russian Orientalist literature in Central Asia.
Yasmin Faghihi Head of Middle Eastern Department / joint head of Near and Middle Eastern Department, Cambridge University Library
Dr Gabriele Ferrario Research Associate, Taylor-Schechter Genizah Research Unit Hebrew and Judaeo-Arabic Alchemy, Magic and Science.

Dr Julia Krivoruchko

Research Associate, Taylor-Schechter Genizah Research Unit Bibliography of the T-S Genizah Collection and Judaeo-Greek.
Dr Ben Outhwaite Head of the Taylor-Schechter Genizah Research Unit, CUL Medieval Hebrew Language and the Cairo Genizah Documents.
Dr Melonie Schmierer-Lee Research Associate (Part-time), Taylor-Schechter Genizah Research Unit

Hebrew and Aramaic Documentary Material in the Cairo Genizah.

Dr Esther-Miriam Wagner Research Associate, Taylor-Schechter Genizah Research Unit Social Linguistics, Judaeo-Arabic and Arabic manuscripts.

Graduate Students

11th Century Texts from the Cairo Genizah Collections 

NameResearch Topic & Supervisor
Erol Baykal Ottoman Press
Supervisor: Kate Fleet
Samuel Blapp

Biblical Hebrew Manuscripts from the Cairo Genizah Collection
Supervisor: Prof Geoffrey Khan

Magdelen Connolly (MPhil Student)

11th Century Texts from the Cairo Genizah Collection
Supervisor: Prof Geoffrey Khan

Robert Cook (MPhil Student)

Hebrew Liturgical Poetry
Supervisor: Prof Geoffrey Khan

Peyvand Firouzeh An Architectural History of Khanaqah Based on Sufi Literature
Supervisor: Prof Charles Melville
Arshad M. Hadjirin Tawārīkh al-Buldan: An Approach to the Study of Local History in the Muslim World
Supervisor: Dr Amira K Bennison
Evangelos Katafylis The Role of the Orthodox Faith in the Early Ottoman State: Christian-Muslim Contacts and Interrelations in the 14th to the 16th Centuries
Supervisor: Dr Amira K Bennison 
Mujeeb Khan Greek Medicine in the Islamic World and Chinese Medicine in Japan: Case Studies in how Intellectual Traditions Developed in Foreign Cultures
Supervisors: Prof James Montgomery and Prof Peter Kornicky
Shivan Mahendrarajah The Sufi Shaykhs of Jam: A Social History from the Late Il-Khanid to Early Timurid Periods
Supervisor: Prof Charles Melville
Phoebe Luckyn-Malone Arabic Agronomical Manuals and the Agriculture of Islamic Spain
Supervisor: Dr Amira K Bennison 
Michael Mumisa The Discursive Construction of Jahiliyya in Classical Arabic Literature
Supervisor: Prof James Montgomery 
Amina Nawaz Inheritors of al-Andalus: A Muslim Minority in Sixteenth Century Spain
Supervisor: Dr Amira K Bennison 
Joshua Olsson Geographical Determinism in Abbasid Thought
Supervisor: Prof James Montgomery
Maryam Serajiantehrani A Proposal on Sohrab Sepehri's Poetic Heritage
Supervisor: Dr Christine van Ruymbeke
Samuel Wilder The Umayyad Ghazal
Supervisor: Prof James Montgomery