Professor Tim Niblock

Middle East expert honoured

The University of Exeter will award an honorary degree to one of its most distinguished academics, Professor Tim Niblock, Emeritus Professor of Middle Eastern Politics.

The ceremony will be hosted by His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohamed Al Qasimi, in Sharjah UAE on 26 September.

The Honorary Doctor of Law marks Professor Tim Niblock’s retirement from the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies (IAIS) at the University, and his contribution to academia within the Gulf.

Throughout his academic career Professor Niblock has expertly supervised a large number of successful PhD students, including many of the professors currently working in Middle East Politics in the UK.  This has helped to challenge and improve the understanding of Arab countries within the West. He is extraordinarily well connected within the Gulf region, with many of his former students working in government, key universities, ministries and organisations across the Middle East. 

Professor Niblock‘s work on the politics of the Gulf has been influential since the 1980’s, with writings on Saudi Arabia, Iraq and the relationship between the Gulf and Asia. He has also written extensively on Sudan and Libya. His advice has been sought by government institutions in the UK and across Europe.

Professor Gareth Stansfield, Director of the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies and Al-Qasimi Professor of Gulf Studies said: “Tim will undoubtedly stand out as one of the key figures in the development of modern Middle East Studies and political studies of the Middle East and Africa, not only in the UK, but in Europe and further afield.  His impact in this area of research has been enormous, whether in those Universities that have been fortunate enough to have been his home, including Khartoum, Reading , Exeter, Durham and Exeter again – and those with which he has worked closely to develop academic study of the region.  This particular list is extensive, and most recently includes Calcutta and Xi’an (China).”

Date: 23 September 2013

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