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London Middle East Institute

LMEI Staff

Hassan Hakimian
Director
Hassan Hakimian

Human Resources; Demography; Trade Policy & Regional Integration; Energy and Natural Resources with reference to the MENA region.

Louise Hosking
Executive Officer
Louise Hosking

Vincenzo Paci
Events and Magazine Co-ordinator
Vincenzo Paci
Megan Wang
Co-ordinating Editor, The Middle East in London Magazine
Megan Wang

Valentina Zanardi
Administrative Assistant (on maternity leave)
Staff Silhouette
Shahla Geramipour
Designer, Middle East in London Magazine
Staff Silhouette

Graphic designer for the LMEI's bi-monthly magazine The Middle East in London.


Academic Members

Muhammad A S Abdel Haleem, OBE
Member
Staff Silhouette Qur’an, Hadith, Tafsir; Islam in society; classical and modern Arabic literature
  • Tel: 020 7898 4325
  • Email: ha4@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 427
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 12:00-13:00/Wednesdays 12:00-13:00
Gilbert Achcar
Member
Gilbert Achcar

Political economy and sociology of globalisation; global power structure and grand strategy; empire theory and US hegemony; politics and development of the Middle East and North Africa; sociology of religion; Islam and Islamic Fundamentalism; social change and social theory.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4557
  • Email: ga3@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 292b
  • Office Hours: Monday 2-4pm

Fiona Adamson
Member
Fiona Adamson

International Relations Theory; International Security; Migration and Diaspora Mobilization; Globalisation and Global Governance; Transnational Identity Movements

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4683
  • Email: fa33@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 212
  • On Sabbatical:Terms 2-3, 2013/14
Arshin Adib-Moghaddam
Member
Arshin Adib-Moghaddam International politics of West Asia; Iranian foreign and domestic politics; Critical theories of international relations; US foreign policy in the ‘third world’; Islamic political and intellectual history.
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4747
  • Email: aa106@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 216
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 5-6 & Wednesdays 1-2

Dominique Akhoun-Schwarb
Dominique Akhoun-Schwarb
Nadje Al-Ali
Member
Nadje Al-Ali

Women & gender in the Middle East; women’s movements and feminism in Middle East; secularism and Islamism; transnational migration, diaspora mobilization; gendering violence, war and peace; history of Iraqi women; impact of sanctions, war and occupation on Iraqi women, Iraq.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4547
  • Email: n.s.al-ali@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 452A
  • Office Hours: Tuesday 10am-12pm - request appointment in advance

Abdul Hakim Ibrahim Al-Matroudi
Member
Staff Silhouette

Islamic  Law


Tony Allan
Member
Tony Allan

Analysis of water resources in semi-arid regions and the role of global systems in ameliorating local and regional water deficits. Established the concept of Virtual Water. Was awarded the Stockholm Water Prize in 2008 in recognition of his contribution to water science.

Ahmad Alkhashem
Member
Ahmad Alkhashem
  • Tel: 020 7898 4208
  • Email: aa40@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 434
  • Office Hours: Mondays 14:00-15:00 / Tuesdays 14:00-15:00

Atef Alshaer
Member
Atef Alshaer

Linguistics, Arabic Literature and history and Politics of the Arab World.

Peter Austin
Member
Peter Austin

Typology, morpho-syntax, language documentation and description, historical linguistics, Lexical-Functional grammar, computer-aided linguistic analysis, Austronesian languages, Australian Aboriginal languages

  • Tel: 020 7898 4586
  • Email: pa2@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 363
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 12-1pm/Wednesdays 12-1pm

Mashood Baderin
Member
Professor Mashood Baderin

Islamic Law, International and Comparative Human Rights Law, Public International Law, Human Rights & Islamic Law, especially interaction between International Law, Human Rights Law, and Islamic Law in Muslim States. Appointed as Independent Expert on the Situation of Human Rights in the Sudan by the UN Human Rights Council at its 19th Session on 23rd March 2012.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4715
  • Email: mb78@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 220
  • Office Hours: Tuesday 16:00-18:00
Doris Behrens-Abouseif
Member
Doris Abouseif

Architecture of Cairo, the art and archaeology of Turkey, Iran and the Near East

  • Tel: 020 7898 4455
  • Email: da30@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: B303
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 5-6pm

Teresa Bernheimer
Member
Teresa Berheimer

Islamic History to 1200; social history of elites in early Islam, especially 'Alid family; documentary and material evidence from Late Antiquity to early Islam; origins and development of Shi'ism; early Islamic Iran

  • Tel: 020 7898 4605
  • Email: tb31@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 306
  • On Sabbatical:2013-14 Terms 1 & 2
Helen Blatherwick
Member
Staff Silhouette

Classical Arabic literature, Popular literature, Comparative literature


Elisa Cavatorta
Member
Staff Silhouette
William Gervase Clarence-Smith
Member
William Gervase Clarence-Smith History of Islam, sexuality, diasporas, slavery, stimulants, rubber, livestock and textiles, with special reference to Maritime South East Asia
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4608
  • Email: wc2@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 313
  • Office Hours: Thursdays 3-5pm

Anna Contadini
Member
Anna Contadini Arab and early Persian painting and the arts of the Islamic book in general, including the production of manuscripts of the Qur'an; art and material culture of the Islamic world; Fatimid art and architecture; the arts of Islamic Spain; artistic contacts between the Islamic World and Europe; aspects of contemporary Islamic art.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4458
  • Email: ac24@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: B306
  • Office Hours: All Year (during term time) - Thursdays 2-3pm
Bhavna Davé
Member
Bhavna Dave

Kazakhstan: politics of language, ethnicity and nationalism in post-Soviet countries

  • Tel: 020 7898 4734
  • Email: bd4@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 224
  • On Sabbatical:Terms 1-3, 2013/14

François de Blois
Member
François de Blois

François de Blois has published extensively on Iranian and Semitic languages and literatures, as well as on the social and religious history of the Near East and Central Asia in pre-modern times. His books include "Persian literature, a bio-bibliographical survey. Volume V: Poetry of the pre-Mongol period", second, revised edition, 2004.

Yorgos Dedes
Member
Staff Silhouette Early Anatolian Turkish; Ottoman language and literature; Ottoman history; Turkish-Greek relations; modern Turkish culture
  • Tel: 020 7898 4344
  • Email: gd5@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 424
  • Office Hours: Fridays 15:00-17:00

Tamar Drukker
Member
Staff Silhouette Modern Hebrew; medieval literature
  • Tel: 020 7898 4347
  • Email: td4@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 446
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 1.30-2.30pm and by appointment
Sorour Dundon
Member
Staff Silhouette

Ian D Edge
Member
Ian Edge Islamic law; the general law of Egypt and the Gulf; commercial law in the Middle East; conflict of laws and international transactions.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4665
  • Email: ie1@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 241
  • Office Hours: On sabbatical 2013/14
  • On Sabbatical:2013/14
Ayman El-Desouky
Member
Ayman El-Desouky

Comparative Literature, 19th and 20th Century Arabic Literature, hermeneutics, modern philosophy and theory.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4355
  • Email: ad48@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 423
  • Office Hours: Mon 2:30- 4, Tues 1- 2:30 and by appointment

Heather Elgood
Member
Hettie Elgood Dr Heather Elgood is the Course Director of the Diploma in Asian Art. She is a specialist in Persian, Jain, Sultanate and Mughal manuscript painting as well as the ritual arts of Hinduism.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4445
  • Email: he2@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: B310
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 2-5pm or by email appointment
Nada Elzeer
Member
Staff Silhouette Arabic language and translation
  • Tel: 020 7898 4340
  • Email: ne5@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 432
  • On Sabbatical:January-April 2014 (inclusive)

Jonathan Ercanbrack
Member
Jonathan Ercanbrack

Islamic commercial law, the Law of Islamic Finance (LIF), especially the interaction of the LIF with municipal legal systems, the regulation of Islamic finance.

  • Tel: 0207 898 4095
  • Email: je6@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 256
  • Office Hours: Monday 15:00-17:00
Narguess Farzad
Member
Narguess Farzad Persian language and literature. Organiser of SOAS-Cambridge Undergraduate workshops
  • Tel: 020 7898 4346
  • Email: nf1@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 440
  • Office Hours: Mondays 13:30 -14:30, Wednesdays 13:00- 14:00

Bassam Fattouh
Member
Bassam Fattouh

Management in Middle East and North Africa (MENA), managerial systems and management of renewable and non-renewable resources in the Middle East (MSc), and Islamic banking and finance.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4053
  • Email: bf11@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 526
  • Office Hours: By Appointment
Benjamin Fortna
Member
Ben Fortna Modern Middle Eastern History, the late Ottoman empire, late Ottoman education and literature
  • Tel: 020 7898 4632
  • Email: bf7@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 300
  • Office Hours: Mondays 2-3pm

Nelida Fuccaro
Member
Nelida Fuccaro Modern Middle Eastern history, especially Iraq, Persian Gulf and Syria; urban history; history of violence; social and cultural history of oil ; colonialism, ethnicity and nationalism; Kurdish history
  • Tel: 020 7898 4618
  • Email: nf2@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 308
  • On Sabbatical:Terms 1 & 2 2013/14
Nicholas H D Foster
Nick Foster Comparative commercial and comparative corporate law, with special reference to Islamic law and the laws of the Middle East, in particular the UAE; Islamic Finance.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4666
  • Email: nf4@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 225
  • Office Hours: Mon 17:30-18:30 + Wed 16:30-18:30

Andrew R George
Member
Andrew George Cuneiform and Ancient Mesopotamian studies
  • Tel: 020 7898 4335
  • Email: ag5@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 414
  • Office Hours: E-mail for appointment
  • On Sabbatical:2012-13
Marlé Hammond
Member
Marle Hammond

Lecturer in Arabic Popular Literature & Culture.  

  • Tel: 020 7898 4518
  • Email: mh93@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 438
  • On Sabbatical:Terms 1 & 2

Adam Hanieh
Member
Adam Hanieh

Political economy; labour migration; Middle East politics; Gulf Cooperation Council; migration development and remittances class and state formation internationalisation Palestine.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4784
  • Email: ah92@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 4419
  • Office Hours: Thursday 3-5pm
  • On Sabbatical:Terms 2 and 3 2013/14
Jane Harrigan
Member
Jane Harrigan International finance for development and the economic reform programmes associated with IMF and World Bank finance to developing countries; the links between macro-economic policy and agricultural performance in sub-Saharan Africa; the gender dimensions of economic liberalisation and globalisation; and the political economy of economic reform in the Middle East and North Africa. Cross-cutting these subject areas are two geographical areas of specialisation, namely sub-Saharan Africa, with a focus on Ghana and Eastern and Southern Africa, and the Middle East and North Africa.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4537
  • Email: jh66@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 281
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 12.30pm-2.00pm

Jan-Peter Hartung
Member
Staff Silhouette

Intellectual History of Islam with special reference to South Asia and the wider Persianate World, Political Islam, later Islamic Philosophy and Theology.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4383
  • Email: Jh74@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 333
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 12:30-2:30pm
B George Hewitt
Member
George Hewitt Caucasian languages (especially South and North-West Caucasian) and linguistics; language work
  • Tel: 020 7898 4332
  • Email: gh2@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 430
  • On Sabbatical:2013-2014 (Term 1 only)

Catherine Hezser
Member
Catherine Hezser

Judaism in Hellenistic and Roman times; rabbinic literature; social history of Jews in late antiquity; American Jewish history and literature, Jewish identity, gender studies

Doreen Hinchcliffe
Member
Doreen Hinchcliffe Islamic Law; Islamic Law of Succession

Almut Hintze
Member
Almut Hintze

Dr Hintze takes an interest in all aspects of Zoroastrianism, the religion of pre-Islamic Iran.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4598
  • Email: ah69@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 334
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 12-1pm (and by Appointment)
Konrad Hirschler
Member
Konrad Hirschler

Cultural and social history of the premodern Middle East; historiography; history of reading; Crusades in the Middle East

  • Tel: 020 7898 4602
  • Email: kh20@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 324
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 3-4pm (and by appointment)

Stephen Hopgood
Stephen Hopgood International relations theory; international politics in the twentieth century; theories of the state
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4738
  • Email: sh18@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 209
  • Office Hours: Wednesday 11-1pm
Erica Hunter
Member
Erica Hunter

Eastern Christianity; Syriac Christianity in the Middle East, with particular reference to Iraq; Syriac Christianity in medieval Central Asia and China

  • Tel: 020 7898 4663
  • Email: eh9@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 339
  • Office Hours: By Email Appointment

Bruce Ingham
Member
Bruce Ingham

General descriptive linguistics, Arabic, Persian, North American Indian languages, dialects and oral literature of the Arabian Peninsula - in particular the dialects of the Arabian bedouin, covering the dialects of the Al Dhafir, Mutair, Al Murrah and Rwalah tribes; Lakota (Siouan), Cree (Algonquian)

Salwa Ismail
Member
Salwa Ismail

Urban politics and state-society relations in the Middle East; the study of Islamism; Islamist movements; modern Arab and Islamic political thought; political ethnography.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4740
  • Email: si1@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 204
  • Office Hours: Thursdays 3-5pm

Massoud Karshenas
Member
Staff Silhouette Middle East economics, Oil and economic development, Global poverty and growth, labour markets and structural adjustment.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4535
  • Email: mk@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 268
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 12pm - 2pm
Hugh N Kennedy
Member
Staff Silhouette

Medieval history of Arabic-speaking lands.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4251
  • Email: hk1@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 436
  • On Sabbatical:Terms 1 & 2

Laleh Khalili
Member
Laleh Khalili

Political violence, wars and counterinsurgencies, the political economy of military mobilities, social movements and contentious politics, gender and feminist theory, Middle East, Israel/Palestine

  • Tel: 020 7898 4735
  • Email: lk4@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 210
  • Office Hours: 10-12 Tuesday, 10-11:30 Wednesday
Geoffrey King
Member
Geoffrey King Islamic art and archaeology in Syria, Jordan, Egypt and Saudi Arabia, Yemen, UAE and Oman; late Antiquity, Umayyads, Abbasids, Ayyubids and Mamluks

Karima Laachir
Member
Karima Laachir

Literary and cultural studies: postcolonial studies, diaspora studies and comparative literature

  • Tel: 020 7898 4336
  • Email: kl19@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 365
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 10:00-12:00
Mark Laffey
Member
Mark Laffey

International theory; hierarchy and world history; historical sociology; postcolonialism; foreign policy analysis; ideas, culture and ideology.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4744
  • Email: ml23@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 211
  • Office Hours: Mondays 4-6pm & by appointment

George Lane
Member
George Lane Current research concerns the presence of Persians in Yuan (Mongol) China. Teaching concentrates on Mediaeval Persia. Involved in IFCELS with the Lord Chancellor's programme for Chinese Lawyers since the early 90s as well as pre-sessionals and ELAS.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4285
  • Email: gl1@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 303
  • Office Hours: All Year - Fridays 1:30-3:30pm (during term time)
Martin W Lau
Member
Martin Lau Laws of South Asia; comparative environmental law, Islamic law
  • Tel: 020 7898 4657
  • Email: ml1@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 231
  • Office Hours: Tues 10:30-12:30 Term 1; on sabbatical Term 2+3
  • On Sabbatical:Term 2 & 3 2013/2014

Christopher Lucas
Member
Chris Lucas

Historical linguistics, Arabic linguistics, the syntax–semantics interface, pragmatics, philosophy of language, Dynamic Syntax, Relevance Theory, Arabic language, Afro-Asiatic languages

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4318
  • Email: cl39@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 447
  • Office Hours: Fridays 3-5pm
Makeen F Makeen
Member
Makeen Makeen Intellectual property (particularly comparative copyright law); information technology law;  contract law; commercial law in the Middle East
  • Tel: 020 7898 4502
  • Email: mm76@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 299a
  • Office Hours: Friday 15:00-17:00

Trevor H J Marchand
Academic Member
Trevor Marchand Arabia (Yemen), West Africa (Northern Nigeria and Mali) and England: craft, carpentry and traditional building practices; apprenticeship, learning and cognition; space, place and architecture; theory in anthropology.
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4424
  • Email: tm6@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 551
  • On Sabbatical:Research Leave 2013-14
Thomas Marois
Member
Thomas Marois

Political Economy; Emerging finance capitalism; Privatization; Alternative development; Banking, finance, and development; Mexico, Turkey, other emerging capitalisms; State-capital-labour relations; State theory; Internationalization.

  • Tel: 0207 898 4503
  • Email: tm47@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 293
  • Office Hours: Email for an appointment

Dina Matar
Member
Dina Matar: Centre for Media and Film Studies

Middle East, especially the Arab world; international political communication; Arab cultural politics; Arab cultural studies; memory studies and oral history; Islamist  movements; social movements and media; diasporas; ethnic minorities; transnational movements and communications.

  • Tel: 0207 898 4696
  • Email: dm27@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 575
  • Office Hours: Mondays 12-2pm
Nima Mina
Member
Member
Staff Silhouette Classical and Modern Persian literature, Orientalism in 18th-20th century Europe, Middle Eastern minority writers in Europe, Diaspora studies, music performance, translation studies
  • Tel: 020 7898 4315
  • Email: nm46@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 422
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 13:00-15:00 / Weds 11:00-13:00

Shabnam Mirafzali
Member
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Simon Morley
Member
Simon Morley

Teaching interests: international business, Persian administration, fiscal governance, Confucian governance, examining and supervising post-graduate research. Previously worked in Asia, Europe and USA.


Krikor Moskofian
Member
Staff Silhouette

West Armenian language and literature

Corinna Mullin
Member
Corinna Mullin

International Relations Theory, Political Islam, Politics of the Middle East


Matthew J Nelson
Member
Matthew Nelson Politics of South Asia, Politics of Islam, Islam and democracy
  • Tel: 020 7898 4742
  • Email: mn6@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 218
  • Office Hours: Thurs. 3.30-5.30
Scott Newton
Member
Scott Newton Post-Soviet law and legal/institutional reform in Central Asia and CIS; law and development (markets and globalisation in developing and transitional states); law, governance and post-conflict reconstruction; human rights
  • Tel: 020 7898 4658
  • Email: sn21@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 299
  • Office Hours: On sabbatical 2013/14
  • On Sabbatical:2013/14

Caroline Osella
Member
Caroline Osella Kerala, South Asia, South Asian diaspora: ethnophysiology, concepts of person, gender, ethnicity, psychology and anthropology.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4427
  • Email: co6@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 582
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 5-6pm
Wen-chin Ouyang
Member
Wen-chin Ouyang Classical and modern Arabic literature and culture, with emphasis on narrative and storytelling, comparative narratology and critical theory, and gendered thinking and discourse.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4348
  • Email: wo@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 435
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 11-12am/Wednesdays 1-2pm

Dan Plesch
Member
Dan Plesch

Applied International Relations, weapons of mass destruction, diplomacy, globalisation and corporate accountability, globalisation and democracy, globalisation and energy, the role of international non-governmental organisations, the United Nations and the Nazis.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4840
  • Email: dp27@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 4434
  • Office Hours: By appointment
Marina Pyrovolaki
Member
Marina Pyrovolaki

Arabic Historiography (Popular/Scholarly), Crusades, Arab-Byzantine Relations, Early Islamic History.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4605
  • Email: mp52@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 306
  • Office Hours: Tuesday 5-6pm (or by appointment)

Elaheh Rostami-Povey
Elaheh Rostami-Povey

Iran, Afghanistan and the Middle East, in particular gender issues in Iran. Women’s employment, feminism, war, conflict, diaspora, Iran in the Middle East.

Mohamed I Said
Member
Staff Silhouette Arabic language teaching
  • Tel: 020 7898 4353
  • Email: ms15@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 425
  • Office Hours: Mondays 1.30-2.30pm/Thursdays 1.30-2.30pm

Muaadh Salih
Member
Staff Silhouette

Computer-assisted language learning; orality and oral literature of the Gulf; Arabic language pedagogy

  • Tel: 020 7898 4354
  • Email: ms1@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 429
  • Office Hours: Mondays 12-1pm/Wednesdays 12-1pm
Ruba Salih
Member
Ruba Salih

Gender, Islam and modernity in the Middle East and Europe; Islamic feminism, secular and religious women’s movements in the Middle East, transnational migration and gender; multiculturalism and citizenship; Islam in Europe, globalization; disapora and refugee studies; the Palestine question.


Iain Scobbie
Member
Iain Scobbie

Public international law, especially its relation to the Israel/Palestine situation; theory of international law; international humanitarian law; the law and practice of the International Court of Justice

Mustafa Shah
Member
Staff Silhouette The early Arabic linguistic tradition; classical Islamic theology and jurisprudence
  • Tel: 020 7898 4341
  • Email: ms99@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 434a
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 14:30-15:30/Thursdays 15:00-16:00

Ayman Shihadeh
Member
Ayman Shihadeh

Medieval Arabic Intellectual History; medieval Arabic philosophy; medieval Islamic theology, especially kalam; ethical theory; the Islamic manuscript tradition.

Colin Shindler
Member
Colin Shindler History and politics of Israel; Zionism

Amrita Shodhan
Member
Amrita Shodhan
  • Tel: 020 7898 4627
  • Email: as115@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 307
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 2.30-4.30pm
Nicholas Sims-Williams
Member
Nicholas Sims-Williams Iranian and Central Asian philology; Christian and Manichaean texts from Central Asia.

Graham Smith
Member
Graham Smith Emerging stock markets, financial futures, the markets for gold and other metals. Time series econometrics.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4543
  • Email: gs8@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 280
  • Office Hours: Fridays 8.15am - 10.30am during teaching weeks
Renate Söhnen-Thieme
Member
Renate Sohnen Thieme Sanskrit language and literature; classical Indian religions; folklore and music of Baltistan

Stefan Sperl
Member
Staff Silhouette Classical Arabic literature; medieval Arabic popular literature; court poetry and oral literature; refugee studies and refugee-related issues
  • Tel: 020 7898 4338
  • Email: ss6@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 433
  • On Sabbatical:Term 1 2012

Annabelle Sreberny
Member
Anabelle Sreberny: Centre for Media and Film Studies

Middle East, especially Iran; gender and democratization; diasporic cultures; ‘small media’ and political change.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4422
  • Email: as98@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 587
  • Office Hours: Mondays 1-2pm or by email appointment
Sarah Stewart
Member
Sarah Stewart

Lecturer in Zoroastrianism, with particular reference to the living tradition in Iran and India. Convenor: Islam in Britain.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4270
  • Email: ss7@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 331
  • Office Hours: Thursdays 12-1pm

Stefano Taglia
Member
Stefano Taglia

Nationalism, Ottomanism, Science-Islam synthesis, Freemasonry

  • Tel: 020 7898 4615
  • Email: st42@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 511
  • Office Hours: Thursdays 11am-1pm by email appointment
Hanan Toukan
Member
Staff Silhouette

Politics and society of the Arab World; The politics of aid; 'cultural diplomacy', contemporary cultural production; professionalisation and NGO-isation of the field of culture.


Charles R H Tripp
Member
Charles Tripp

Middle East: states and ideologies, war, Islamic political thought

  • Tel: 020 7898 4748
  • Email: ct2@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 214
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 10- 12
Anicee Van Engeland
Member
Anicee Van Engeland

Iranian law, Islamic law, human rights, humanitarian law, refugee law, migrations, gender, Iran, Afghanistan.

  • Tel: 0207 898 4646
  • Email: av5@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 255
  • Office Hours: Monday 15:15 to 16:15 and Wed 11.00 to 12.00

Leslie Vinjamuri
Member
Leslie Vinjamuri

International Organisation; International Politics of International and Transitional Justice; Religion, Human Rights and International Relations Theory; International Diplomacy and the Use of Force; International Diplomacy and Transitional States.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4758
  • Email: lv@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 213
  • Office Hours: Wednesday 11-1pm
  • On Sabbatical:Term 2, 2013/14

Hedi Viterbo
Member
Hedi Viterbo

Law and politics; state violence (particularly in Israel/Palestine and the United States); childhood; sexuality

Gabriele vom Bruck
Member
Gabriele Vom Bruck

Middle East with emphasis on the Arabian Peninsular (especially Yemen): elites, memory, religion and politics

  • Tel: 020 7898 4408
  • Email: gb19@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 585
  • Office Hours: Mondays 3-5pm

Burzine K Waghmar
Member, London Middle East Institute
Staff Silhouette

Indo-Iranian History, Historical Geography and Philology (Avestan, Old Persian, Parthian, Pahlavi, Sanskrit, Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi, Urdu, Pashto, Balochi and Kashmiri); Languages and Religions of Late Antiquity and the Silk Road (Bactrian, Khotanese, Sogdian, contacts among Zoroastrianism, Manichaeism and early Islam); Pakistan studies (Ancient and early Medieval History, Dardic and Nuristani dialectology, ethnography and topography of NWFP, FATA, Northern Areas and Trans-Karakoram Tract); Pakistani minorities; HUMINT counterterrorism and linguistic analysis; South Asian Muslim psycho-sociology; Muslim non-Muslim relations (Iran, Pakistan, Bangladesh).

  • Email: bw3@soas.ac.uk
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays
Yair Wallach
Member
Yair Wallach
  • Tel: 020 7898 4337
  • Email: yw11@soas.ac.uk
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 16:00-17:00 / Wednesdays 11:00-12:00

Mark Weeden
Member
Staff Silhouette

Hittite, Akkadion language and literature in Syria

  • Tel: 020 7898 4328
  • Email: mw41@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 421
  • Office Hours: Mondays & Thursdays 11-12/or by appointment
Lynn Welchman
Member
Staff Silhouette Islamic law; law of the Middle East and North Africa, especially comparative family law; human rights; gender and law, Palestine and the law
  • Tel: 020 7898 4672
  • Email: lw10@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 229
  • Office Hours: Tuesday 10:15-12:15

Myriam Wissa
Member
Staff Silhouette

Social and Economic History of Late Antique, Umayyad and 'Abbasid Egypt; Coptic Epigraphy and Codicology; Arabic Epigraphy; Coptic-Arabic Historiography; Papyrology; Interface between Text and Archaeology;  Prosopography; Monasticism (Coptic;Syriac and Garshuni literature); early Sufism (Dhu'l
Nun al-Misri); Religious and artistic interaction in early Islamic Egypt; the Decapolis, Syria, Iraq, Al-Andalus and Malta; Genizah archives: Jewish-Coptic and Jewish-Muslim interaction

Owen Wright
Member
Owen Wright Music of the Islamic Middle East; historical musicology
  • Tel: 020 7898 4334
  • Email: ow@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 503
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 11am-1pm

Katherine P Zebiri
Member
Staff Silhouette Arabic language and literature, modern Islamic studies
  • Tel: 020 7898 4342
  • Email: kz@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 441
  • On Sabbatical:Term 1 2012
Cosimo Zene
Member
Cosimo Zene

Anthropology of religion, theory in the study of religions, continental philosophy, Gramsci and religion, intercultural and inter-religious dialogue, minorities (Dalits), mysticism and heresy, non-Western Christianities, Mediterranean anthropology; South-Asia (India, Bangladesh), Sardinia.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4783
  • Email: zc@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 340
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 2.30-4pm or by email appointment

Saeed Zeydabadi-Nejad
Member
Saeed Zeydabadi-Nejad
  • Tel: 020 7898 4422
  • Email: sz10@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 587
  • Office Hours: By email appointment

Visiting Scholars

Alanoud Alsharekh
Visiting Scholar
Alanoud Alsharekh

Alanoud Alsharekh is a political activist and researcher who focuses on sociopolitical, gender and security issues in the region. She was Senior Fellow on Regional Politics at the International Institute of Strategic Studies, and Senior Political Analyst at the Kuwait National Security Bureau, and was a gender politics consultant for UNIFEM, Freedom House, and the UNDP on academic and social outreach projects in Kuwait and the GCC. She has published several books and articles on gender and kinship policies in the GCC and won the 2013-2014 Arab Prize for best publication in a foreign journal, and her work as a women's rights activist won the Voices of Success Kuwait Award in 2012.

Stefania Petralla
Iran Heritage Foundation (IHF) Visiting Fellow
Staff Silhouette

Stefania Petralla's research looks at The role of traditional practices and structures for the definition of Persian building identity. A historical investigation on the management of local resources for the maturation of a proper architectural language.


Han Zhibin
Visiting Scholar
Staff Silhouette

Deputy Director of the Middle East Institute at China North West University. Dr Han's area of research is based upon Iraqi Ba'th party nationalism and Libyan Islamic Socialism.


Research Associates

Hamid Keshmirshekan
Research Associate
Hamid Keshmirshekan

Twentieth and twentieth-first century art from the Middle East, with particular attention to the recent developments in art practice and its relation to the context; new paradigms in contemporary Islamic art and its thought working through the issue of contemporaneity and specificity; socio-political and contextual, and consideration of the visual deployment of language in art and the legacy of identity politics.

Mohammad Nafissi
Research Associate
Mohammad Nafissi

Kathryn Spellman
Research Associate
Kathryn Spellman-Poots
Sami Zubaida
Research Associate
Sami Zubaida

Mediterranean, Ottoman, culinary cultures, boundaries, nationalism, religion

Emeritus Professor of Politics and Sociology (Birkbeck College)