Academic Advisors

Asfa-Wossen Asserate
Ethiopian-German political analyst and consultant for African and Middle-Eastern Affairs and best-selling author

 

Jere Bacharach
Emeritus Professor at the Department of History, University of Washington

 

Marilyn Booth
Professor and Director of Research, Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Oxford

 

Rasheed El Enany
Emeritus Professor at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter

 

Khaled Fahmy
Professor of History, The American University in Cairo

 

Leila Fawaz
Professor of Lebanese and Eastern Mediterranean Studies, Tufts University

 

Anthony Grayling
Philosopher and Author, Master of the New College of the Humanities, and a Supernumerary Fellow of St Anne’s College, Oxford

 

Nidhal Guessoum
Professor of Physics and Astronomy, American University of Sharjah

 

Carole Hillenbrand
Honorary Fellow, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures, University of Edinburgh

 

Robert Hillenbrand
Honorary Fellow, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures, University of Edinburgh

 

Salima Ikram
Distinguished University Professor of Egyptology, The American University in Cairo

 

Fatima El Issawi
Senior Lecturer in Journalism, Open Seminar Coordinator, University of Essex

 

Samia Mehrez
Professor and Director of Center for Translation Studies, The American University in Cairo

 

James Walters
Director of the LSE Faith Centre, Chaplain and Senior Lecturer in Practice, London School of Economics

 

Series Editors

Melanie Gibson
Art History

Melanie Gibson is Senior Editor of the Gingko Library Arts Series. After studying for a B.A. in Arabic at St. Anne’s College Oxford, she received her M.A. and Ph.D. from SOAS, University of London. Since 2005 she has lectured regularly at SOAS, the Courtauld Institute of Art and other academic institutions. Her publications focus on sculpture, ceramics and glass produced around the Islamic world.

 

Ali Ansari
Contemporary History and Politics

Ali Ansari is Professor of Iranian History at the University of St Andrews and the founding director of the university’s Institute for Iranian Studies. He is the author of numerous books including Confronting Iran: The Failure of American Foreign Policy and the Roots of Mistrust. He is the former Chair of the British Institute of Persian Studies (BIPS) and an Associate Fellow at Chatham House.

 

Charles Melville
Persian Studies (in collaboration with British Institute of Persian Studies)

Charles Melville is Professor of Persian History at the University of Cambridge. He is a long-serving member of the Governing Council of British Institute of Persian Studies (BIPS) and series editor for BIPS the series published by Gingko. Since 1999, he has been Director of the Shahnama Project, and since 2006 he has been President of The Islamic Manuscript Association (TIMA), both based in Cambridge.

 

Alison Ohta
Ottoman Studies (in collaboration with the Royal Asiatic Society’s Ibrahim Pasha of Egypt Series)

Dr Ohta is Director of the Royal Asiatic Society. She completed her thesis at SOAS, University of London, on Mamluk bindings, and has published and lectured extensively on the subject. She is the editor of the recent publication: Art, Trade and Culture in the Islamic World and Beyond.