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Dr Alex Mallett


Research Fellow in Christian-Muslim relations

BA, MA (London [UCL]); PhD (Edinburgh)

My research primarily examines Christian-Muslim Relations in the Mediterranean basin in the medieval and early modern periods. Within this overall area I focus on the Crusades and the Muslim response to the Crusades; Arabic historiography and the presentation of Christians within Arabic texts; and interactions between 'lower class' Muslims and Christians.


Medieval Muslim Historians and the Franks in the Levant (Leiden, 2014)
Popular Muslim Reactions to the Franks in the Levant, 1097-1291 (Farnham, 2014)
Christian-Muslim Relations: A Bibliographical History. Volume 5, 1350-1500, ed. D. Thomas & A. Mallett (Leiden, 2013
Christian-Muslim Relations: A Bibliographical History. Volume 4, 1200-1350, ed. D. Thomas & A. Mallett (Leiden, 2012)
Christian-Muslim Relations: A Bibliographical History. Volume 3, 1050-1200, ed. D. Thomas & A. Mallett (Leiden, 2011)
Christian-Muslim Relations: A Bibliographical History. Volume 2, 900-1050, ed. D. Thomas & A. Mallett (Leiden, 2010)

‘The Battle of Inab’, Journal of Medieval History 39 (2013), pp. 48-60
‘Islamic Historians of the Ayyūbid Era and Muslim Rulers from the Early Crusading Period: A Study in the Use of History’, Al-Masāq 24 (2012), pp. 241-52
‘The Life of Aq Sunqur al-Bursuqī. Some Notes on Twelfth-Century Islamic History and Thirteen-Century Muslim Historiography’, Turkish Historical Review 2 (2011), pp. 39-56
“The Other” in the Crusading Period: Walter the Chancellor’s Presentation of Najm al-Dīn Īl-Ghāzī’, Al-Masāq 22 (2010), pp. 113-28
‘A Trip Down the Red Sea with Reynald of Châtillon’, Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society 18 (2008), pp. 141-53

I received a BA in History (2002) and MA in Medieval Studies (2003) from University College London, and then completed a PhD in Islamic History at the University of Edinburgh (2005-2009). Upon completion of this I worked in the Department of Theology and Religion at the University of Birmingham in 2009 on the AHRC-funded project Christian-Muslim Relations. A Bibliographical History, 600-1500, and during this year I received a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship, which was taken in the calendar years 2010-11 in the history department of Royal Holloway, University of London, and which examined popular Muslim responses to the Crusades. Subsequently I have worked at the Université de Nantes, the Institute of Ismaili Studies (London), and as Visiting Lecturer at Royal Holloway. I am currently working on the AHRC-funded project Magic in Malta 1605: The Moorish Slave Sellem bin al-Sheikh Mansur and the Roman Inquisition, with Dionisius Agius and Catherine Rider.