Advisory Board

Gingko Library publishes high-quality, scholarly books including monographs and multi-authored volumes in the fields of history, art history, inter-faith and more.

Academic Advisors

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

Doris Behrens-Abouseif
Emeritus Professor at the Department of History of Art and Archaeology, SOAS, University of London

Diana Bozhilova
Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations, New College of the Humanities

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

Narguess Farzad
Senior Fellow in Persian Studies, SOAS, University of London

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

Hugh N. Kennedy
Professor of Arabic History, SOAS, University of London

Trevor Marchand
Emeritus Professor, Department of Anthropology and Sociology, SOAS, University of London

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

Mona Siddiqui
Professor of Islamic and Interreligious Studies, University of Edinburgh

Eugene Rogan
Professor of Modern Middle Eastern History and Director of St Antony’s College Middle East Centre, University of Oxford

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

Ozan Ozavci

Assistant Professor of History at Utrecht University and co-convenor of the Lausanne Project

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
St Andrews Series

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.

Andrew Peacock
Persian Studies (in collaboration with British Institute of Persian Studies)

Andrew Peacock is Professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic History at the University of St Andrews. His research interests focus on the medieval and early modern history of Iran and the broader Persianate world (Anatolia, Central Asia, India and the Indian Ocean). He also specialises in the study of manuscripts in Persian, Arabic, Turkish and Malay and pre-modern Islamic historiography and intellectual history.

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.

Joshua Ralston
Inter-Faith Studies

Joshua Ralston is Lecturer in Muslim-Christian Relations at the School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh. His primary work is concerned with theological, legal-political, and scriptural encounters between Christians and Muslims across the centuries with a particular focus on Protestant Christianity and Sunni Islam.


Strategic Advisors

Asfa-Wossen Asserate
Dr Asfa-Wossen Asserate is an Ethiopian-German political analyst, a consultant for African and Middle-Eastern Affairs and best-selling author.

Abbas Hilmi
Prince Abbas Hilmi is an Egyptian and Imperial Ottoman prince and financial manager.

Tarek Osman
Tarek Osman is an author, essayist, and broadcaster focused on the Arab and Islamic worlds.

David Owen
Lord Owen was British Foreign Secretary from 1977 to 1979 and sits in the House of Lords as an independent social democrat.

Omar al-Qattan
Omar al-Qattan is a Palestinian Kuwaiti-British film director and producer. He established the Mosaic Rooms in London, a cultural space focused on the Arab World.

Bill Swainson
Bill Swainson is a publisher and editor with over forty year’s experience in independant and mainstream publishing, editing a wide range of writers.

Hassan bin Talal
HRH Prince Hassan bin Talal of Jordan is the founder and chairman of the West Asia-North Africa (WANA) Institute, a non-profit policy think tank based in Amman, Jordan.