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Institute Director
Professor Gareth Stansfield

Institute Director, Al-Qasimi Professor of Arab Gulf Studies, Professor of Middle East Politics and Associate Dean (Global), College of Social Sciences and International Studies

Academic Staff
Professor Dionisius A. Agius FBA

Al Qasimi Professor of Arabic Studies and Islamic Material Culture

Dr Omar Ashour

Senior Lecturer

Dr Mustafa Baig

Lecturer in Islamic Studies

Islamic Law, Muslims living in non-Muslim contexts
Dr Claire Beaugrand

Lecturer in Sociology of the Gulf and the Arabian Peninsula

Dr Billie Jeanne Brownlee

Lecturer in Middle East Politics

social media revolution Arab Spring Internet digital technologies social movement revolts uprising displacement migration refugees refugee crisis Syria Lebanon civil society resistance dissent development aid micro-politics authoritarianism    
Dr Ferah Burgul

Lecturer

Dr John P. Cooper

Senior Lecturer in Arabic Studies and Islamic Material Culture

Arabian Gulf; Boat building; Dhow; Egypt; Harbours; Indian Ocean; Islamic Archaeology; Maritime Archaeology; Maritime Cultural Landscapes; Navigation; Nile; Red Sea; Seafaring; Ships.
Dr Ahmed Dailami

Lecturer in the History of the Gulf and Arabian Peninsula

Emeritus Professor Rasheed El-Enany

Professor Emeritus

Dr Giorgia Ferrari

Lecturer

Professor Maria Fierro

Al-Qasimi Professor of Islamic Studies

Associate Professor William Gallois

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

Algeria Tunisia Morocco Maghreb North Africa Libya Mauritania Senegal Art Painting Culture History Decolonial Subaltern Violence Time Global
Dr Eleanor Gao

Senior Lecturer in Middle Eastern Politics

Good governance, local government, identity (especially tribal) politics, politics of the Arab world
Associate Professor Jonathan Githens-Mazer

Associate Professor in Ethno-Politics

Theories of nationalism,ethno-symbolist approaches to nationalism, ethnic conflict, national myths, memories and symbols, nationalist mobilisation, Irish nationalism, Algerian nationalism, radicalisation
Professor Robert Gleave

Professor of Arabic Studies

Hermeneutics and Scriptural Exegesis in Islam, Islamic Law, in particular works of Islamic legal theory (usul al-fiqh), Violence and its justification in Islamic thought, Shi'ism, in particular Shi'i legal and political theory  
Professor Timothy Insoll

Al-Qasimi Professor of African and Islamic Archaeology

 Islamic Archaeology; Later African Archaeology; Archaeology and materiality of African indigenous religions; Arabian Gulf Archaeology; Archaeology of West African empires; Mali; Ghana; Songhay; Red Sea; Ethiopia; Bahrain; India; Indian Ocean trade networks; Ethnoarchaeology of African shrines and medicine practices; Representation of Islam in Museums
Dr István Kristó-Nagy

Senior Lecturer in Arabic and Islamic Studies

Abbasid culture; Early and classical Islamic civilisation; social and intellectual history; art history; literature; political thought, Zandaqa (Manicheism and other forms of dualist thought); the kuttāb (administrative elite); comparative and interdisciplinary studies.
Mr Ali Mossadegh

Lecturer in Persian Language

Dr Katie Natanel

Lecturer in Gender Studies

feminist theory; political violence; decolonisation; Palestine/Israel; affect and embodiment; temporality; political mobilisation and participation; creative pedagogies; performative research methodologies
Emeritus Professor Ian Netton

Professor Emeritus

Islamic theology and philosophy, Anthropology of religion (especially ritual), Sufism, mediaeval Arab travellers, Arabic and Islamic bibliography, comparative textuality and semiotics, comparative religion  
Emeritus Professor Tim Niblock

Professor Emeritus

Ms Abla Oudeh Mahmoud

Lecturer

Professor Ilan Pappé

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

Dr Christina Phillips

Senior Lecturer in Arabic Literature and Media

Arabic and Arab anglophone writing, comparative literature, translation studies, postcolonial theory.  
Dr Ross Porter

Lecturer

Anthropology of time, ethics, the state, revolution, freedom
Safaa Radoan

Associate Lecturer

Ms Fatima Rawan

Lecturer in Arabic Language

Associate Professor Sajjad Rizvi

Associate Professor of Islamic Intellectual History and Islamic Studies

Islamic Philosophy, Intellectual History, Global Philosophy, Quranic Hermeneutics, Exegesis, Shiʿi Islam
Associate Professor Christine Robins (formerly Allison)

Ibrahim Ahmed Professor of Kurdish Studies.

 Kurds, Kurdish, Kurmanji, memory, religous minority, Yezidi, Mandaean, narrative responsibility, speech genre, orality, literacy, linguistic anthropology, endangered religion, extinction
Dr Clemence Scalbert-Yucel

Senior Lecturer in Ethnopolitics

 Kurdish literature, cultural production, heritage, rurality and ecology, Turkey, Kurdistan 
Dr Emily Selove

Senior Lecturer of Medieval Arabic Language and Literature

Medieval Arabic literature, magic, sympotic literature, banquet literature, wine, sexuality, reception
Dr Lise Storm

Senior Lecturer in Middle East Politics, Director of Education

Democracy; democratization; authoritarianism; political parties; party systems; democracy assistance; aid; development; SDG16. 
Dr Suha Taji-Farouki

Senior Lecturer in Modern Islam

modern and contemporary Islam and Islamic thought, sufism, Muslim devotionalism, Muslim prayer, Ibn 'Arabi in the modern world, Islamic movements, political Islam, Islamic radicalism, Qur'anic studies, interfaith relations                
Associate Professor Marc Valeri

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

Gulf monarchies; political economy; political sociology; comparative (Middle East) politics; authoritarianism; state-business relations.
Research Staff
Dr Samer Bakkour

Research Associate

Dr Amin Ehteshami

Research Fellow

Law, Authority and Learning in Imami Shi’ite Islam
Dr Farangis Ghaderi

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Dr Paul Gledhill

Research Fellow in Islamic Studies

Dr Allan Hassaniyan

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Kurdish politics, Kurdish nationalism and national movement, civil society and political and cultural activism in Iranian Kurdistan.
Dr Nadia Khalaf

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

 African Archaeology; Islamic Archaeology; landscape archaeology; satellite remote sensing; Geographical Information Systems (GIS); cultural heritage management
Dr Nadia Naser-Najjab

Research Fellow in Palestine Studies

 Palestine Israel Setter Colonialism  Resistance  Decolonisation  Civil Society  Solidarity  Neoliberalism  reconciliation     
Dr Luca Patrizi

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Dr Davide Pettinato

Research Fellow

Islam, Muslims and the environment / climate change / sustainable development; Muslim organisations / NGOs / charities; Islam in the UK / British Muslims
Dr Raha Rafii

Research Fellow

Law, Authority and Learning in Imami Shi’ite Islam
Dr Kumail Rajani

Research Fellow

Law, Authority and Learning in Imami Shi’ite Islam
Mr Cameron Zargar

Research Fellow

Professional Services Staff
Tom Allen

SSIS Student Recruitment and Admissions Coordinator

Melissa Barrett

Widening Participation Coordinator

Gemma Bartlett ACIM

Strategic Marketing Campaign Manager

Kate Blackmore

Pathways to Law & Outreach Officer

Clare Crick

Global Development Advisor

Sarah Firman

Project Administrator

Leo Leandro Rodrigues

Project and Web Development Manager (MESnet)

Sarah Lucas

Communications and Marketing Officer

Eleanor Monger

Student Recruitment and Admissions Manager

Emma Reeve

Marketing, Recruitment, Communications & Global Business Partner

Sarah Roberts

Administrator

James Smith

Business Partner, International Partnerships

Jane Tanner

Web Marketing Officer (Web Team)

Rebecca Thomson

Administrator/EA to HoD

Tina Verhaeghe

IAIS Manager

Sarah Wood

Project Administrator

Visiting Professors
Dr Eric Chaumont

Visiting Honorary Professor, Islamic studies

Honorary Research Fellows
Dr Saud Al-Sarhan

Honorary Senior Research Fellow

Mr Paul Auchterlonie

Honorary Research Fellow

Professor Herman Bell

Professor, Senior Research Fellow

Dr Li Bingzhong

Honorary Research Fellow

Dr Manami Goto

Honorary Research Fellow

 Gulf Studies, Material Culture, Dress, Ethnography
Dr Ghassan Khatib

Honorary Research Fellow

Jane Lewisohn

Honorary Associate Research Fellow

Dr Sami Miaari

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 Muhanad Seloom

Honorary Research Fellow

Dr Kelsey Shanks

Honorary Research Fellow

Dr Norbert Weismann

Honorary Research Fellow

PhD students 
Yunus Abakay Centre for Kurdish Studies PhD Student
Faris Abdel-Hadi Centre for the Study of Islam PhD Student
Mohammad Affan   PhD Student
Usama Al-Atar   PhD Student
Maryam Al-Kuwari Centre for Gulf Studies PhD Student
Roba Al-Salibi   PhD Student
Bassam Albinmohamed   PhD Student
Ahmed Aldhubayi Centre for the Study of Islam PhD Student
Ahmad Alfaraj Centre for the Study of Islam PhD Student
Mefreh Alharshani   PhD Student
Mahdi Ali Poor Kalaei Centre for the Study of Islam PhD Student
Abdullah Almatar   PhD Student
Hamzah Almustafa   PhD Student
Tariq Alsabahi   PhD Student
Hawar Ameen   PhD Student
Francesco Amoruso European Centre for Palestine Studies PhD Student
Nathan Anderson Centre for Islamic Archaeology PhD Student
Hassan Nasser Y Asiri Centre for the Study of Islam PhD Student
Mohammed Asiri   PhD Student
Lucy Barkley European Centre for Palestine Studies PhD Student
Hamdullah Baycar   PhD Student
Cordelia Begbie   PhD Student
Tobias Borck   PhD Student
Mark Bracher   PhD Student
Amirah Bukhari Centre for the Study of Islam PhD Student
Christopher Burnham European Centre for Palestine Studies PhD Student
Nihat Cakir   PhD Student
Christopher Cox   PhD Student
Maria Della Porta Rodiani European Centre for Palestine Studies PhD Student
Nur Efeoglu Centre for Islamic Archaeology PhD Student
Ali Fares Centre for the Study of Islam PhD Student
Inés Fernández Moral   PhD Student
Adelbert Finch   PhD Student
Robert Fuller Centre for the Study of Islam PhD Student
Alessandro Ghidoni Centre for Islamic Archaeology PhD Student
Rahim Gholami Centre for the Study of Islam PhD Student
John Goodman   PhD Student
Alexander Hainy-Khaleeli Centre for the Study of Islam PhD Student
Ayat Hamdan European Centre for Palestine Studies PhD Student
Tarek Hamoud European Centre for Palestine Studies PhD Student
Oliver Hayakawa European Centre for Palestine Studies PhD Student
Adam Hogan European Centre for Palestine Studies PhD Student
Danyah Jaber European Centre for Palestine Studies PhD Student
Areej Jafari European Centre for Palestine Studies PhD Student
Hayder Jafari Centre for the Study of Islam PhD Student
Olivia Jones   PhD Student
Gizem Kahraman Aksoy Centre for Gulf Studies and Centre for Islamic Archaeology PhD Student
Isobel Kingscott   PhD Student
Venla Koivuluhta   PhD Student
Charlotte Littlewood   PhD Student
Colter Louwerse European Centre for Palestine Studies PhD Student
Hamid Maghsoodi   PhD Student
Jihad Mashamoun   PhD Student
Youssef Masrieh   PhD Student
Mohamed Matar   PhD Student
Asmaa Meftah   PhD Student
Hatice Kubra Memis Centre for the Study of Islam PhD Student
Majid Montazer Mahdi Centre for the Study of Islam PhD Student
Vito Morisco   PhD Student
Koji Muto Centre for Gulf Studies PhD Student
Mohsen RezaNajafi Centre for the Study of Islam PhD Student
Baris Oktem   PhD Student
Hannah Parsons Centre for Islamic Archaeology PhD Student
Maria Gloria Polimeno   PhD Student
Gabriel Polley European Centre for Palestine Studies PhD Student
Mihraban Raouf Rasoul   PhD Student
Mohammad-Payam Saadat Sarmadi Centre for the Study of Islam PhD Student
Schluwa Sama   PhD Student
Mohammed Sanad   PhD Student
Kristine Sheets European Centre for Palestine Studies PhD Student
Serdar Sümer   PhD Student
Nicholas Tait Centre for Islamic Archaeology PhD Student
Kanwal Abdulhameed Centre for Gulf Studies PhD Student
Awet Teklehimanot Araya Centre for Islamic Archaeology PhD Student
Amira Toureche   PhD Student
Silvia Truini European Centre for Palestine Studies PhD Student
Hadi Wahab   PhD Student
Benjamin White European Centre for Palestine Studies PhD Student
Richard Willson   PhD Student
Joe Worthington   PhD Student
Shijie Xu European Centre for Palestine Studies PhD Student