Professor Ian Netton
BA PhD FSA FRHistS FRSA FRAsiaS FRAI
Telephone: 01392 725259
Sharjah Professor of Islamic Studies
Professor Netton was born in Singapore and studied for his BA in Arabic at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, graduating in 1972, and his PhD at the University of Exeter (Arabic and Islamic Studies, 1976), specialising in mediaeval Islamic Philosophy. From 1977 to 1995 he taught at Exeter University where he was latterly Reader in Arab and Islamic Civilization and Thought. In September 1995 he became the University of Leeds first Professor of Arabic Studies and he remained in Leeds until 2007, serving four terms as Head of that University's Department of Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies. He was also Director of Leeds University"s Centre for mediaeval Studies from 1997-2002. In 2007 he was appointed Sharjah Professor of Islamic Studies at Exeter University. Professor Netton’s primary research interests are Islamic theology and philosophy, Sufism, mediaeval Arab travellers, Arabic and Islamic bibliography, comparative textuality and semiotics, comparative religion and general Islamic Studies.
He is the author or editor of 21 books of which some of the most recent are Islam, Christianity and Tradition: A Comparative Exploration (Edinburgh University Press, 2006), Islam, Christianity and the Mystical Journey: A Comparative Exploration, (Edinburgh University Press, 2011) and (ed.) Islamic Philosophy and Theology (4 vols., Routledge, 2007). Professor Netton is also the General Editor of The British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies and served on several national committees as, for example, Chair of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Research Panel 8 (Philosophy, Religious Studies and Law), and as a Sub-Panellist in his field for the Research Assessment Exercise of 2008. He is also a member of the research cluster for Islamic studies within the Institute.