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Institute Director
Professor Christine Robins (formerly Allison)

Director of the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, Ibrahim Ahmed Professor of Kurdish Studies, Director of the Centre for Kurdish Studies

Academic Staff
Emeritus Professor Dionisius A. Agius FBA

Al Qasimi Professor of Arabic Studies and Islamic Material Culture

Dr Omar Ashour

Senior Lecturer in Security Studies and Middle East Politics Director of Doctoral Studies

Dr Michael Axworthy

Senior Lecturer

Dr Mustafa Baig

Lecturer in Islamic Studies

Dr Billie Jeanne Brownlee

Lecturer in Middle East Politics

Dr John P. Cooper

Senior Lecturer in Arabic Studies and Islamic Material Culture

Emeritus Professor Rasheed El-Enany

Professor Emeritus

Associate Professor William Gallois

Associate Professor of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean History, Director of Research

Dr Eleanor Gao

Lecturer in Middle Eastern Politics

Associate Professor Jonathan Githens-Mazer

Associate Professor in Ethno-Politics

Professor Robert Gleave

Professor of Arabic Studies

Emeritus Professor Richard Hitchcock

Professor Emeritus

Professor Timothy Insoll

Al-Qasimi Professor of African and Islamic Archaeology

Ms Wafa Iskander

Lecturer in Arabic Language

Dr Marc Jones

Lecturer in History of the Gulf and the Arabian Peninsula

Dr István Kristó-Nagy

Lecturer in Arabic and Islamic Studies

Dr Leonard Lewisohn

Senior Lecturer, Iran Heritage Foundation Fellow in Persian and Sufi Literaure

Mr Ali Mossadegh

Lecturer in Persian Language

Dr Katie Natanel

Lecturer in Gender Studies

Emeritus Professor Ian Netton

Professor Emeritus

Emeritus Professor Tim Niblock

Professor Emeritus

Ms Abla Oudeh Mahmoud


Dr Burcu Ozturk

Lecturer in Turkish Language

Professor Ilan Pappé

Professor of History, Director of the European Centre for Palestine Studies.

Dr Christina Phillips

Senior Lecturer in Arabic Literature and Media

Ms Fatima Rawan

Lecturer in Arabic Language

Associate Professor Sajjad Rizvi

Associate Professor of Islamic Intellectual History and Islamic Studies

Dr Clemence Scalbert-Yucel

Senior Lecturer in Ethnopolitics

Dr Emily Selove

Lecturer of Medieval Arabic Language and Literature

Professor Gareth Stansfield

Al-Qasimi Professor of Gulf Studies

Dr Lise Storm

Senior Lecturer in Middle East Politics, Director of Education

Dr Suha Taji-Farouki

Senior Lecturer in Modern Islam

Associate Professor Marc Valeri

Associate Professor in Political Economy of the Middle East, Director - Centre for Gulf Studies, College Director of Postgraduate Research

Research Staff
Dr Omar Anchassi

Research Fellow - Understanding Shari'a Project

Dr Claire Beaugrand

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Dr Paul Gledhill

Research Fellow on LAWALISI Project

Dr Wissam Halawi

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Dr Nadia Khalaf

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Dr Nadia Naser-Najjab

Research Fellow in Palestine Studies

Dr Ross Porter

Research Fellow

Dr Kelsey Shanks

Research Fellow - ESRC Iraq Disputed Territories

Professional Services Staff
Tom Allen

SSIS Student Recruitment Administrator

Kate Blackmore

Projects Officer (Widening Participation and Pathways to Law)

Mrs Nikki Clews

IAIS Manager

Ms Zoë Humble

ESRC Iraq Disputed Territories Research Project Administrator

Lizzie Hustwayte

Academic Programme Support Manager

Leo Leandro Rodrigues

Project and Web Development Manager (MESnet)

Eleanor Monger

Student Recruitment and Admissions Manager

Pam Navran

Research Project Administrator

Miss Julia Paci

Employability and Outreach Manager

Emma Reeve

Acting Head of Communications and Marketing

Sarah Roberts


James Smith

Business Partner, International Partnerships

Jane Tanner

Web Marketing Officer (Web Team)

Visiting Professors
Professor Said Faiq

Visiting Professor

Professor Gerd Nonneman

Visiting Professor

Honorary Research Fellows
Dr Noor al-Qasimi

Honorary Research Fellow

Mr Paul Auchterlonie

Honorary Research Fellow

Dr Jenny Balfour-Paul

Honorary Research Fellow

Professor Herman Bell

Professor, Senior Research Fellow

Dr Li Bingzhong

Honorary Research Fellow

Dr Farangis Ghaderi

Honorary Research Fellow

Dr Elaine M Goodwin

Honorary Research Fellow

Dr Syahrul Hidayat

Honorary Research Fellow

Professor Mohammed Ihsan

Honorary Research Fellow

Dr Julian Jansen Van Rensburg

Honorary Research Fellow

Dr Ghada Karmi

Honorary Research Fellow

Dr Ghassan Khatib

Honorary Research Fellow

Dr Basoeki Koesasi

Honorary Research Fellow

Mr Simon Laws

Honorary Research Fellow

Mr Leslie McLoughlin

Honorary Research Fellow

Dr Farah Mohammad

Honorary Research Fellow

Dr Kawa Morad

Honorary Research Fellow

Dr Harriet Nash

Honorary Research Fellow

Dr James Onley

Honorary Research Fellow

Dr Francis Owtram

Honorary Research Fellow

Dr Sophie Richter-Devroe

Honorary Research Fellow

Dr Eskandar Sadeghi-Boroujerdi

Honorary Research Fellow

Dr David Seddon

Honorary Research Fellow

Mr Christopher Ward

Honorary Research Fellow

Dr Norbert Weismann

Honorary Research Fellow