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Department of the Languages and Cultures of the Near and Middle East

Professor Hugh N Kennedy

PhD (Cantab)


Hugh N Kennedy
Department of the Languages and Cultures of Near and Middle East

Professor of Arabic

London Middle East Institute (LMEI)


Centre for Iranian Studies


Economic integration and social change in the Islamic world system, 800-1000CE

Project Lead

Professor Hugh N Kennedy
Email address:
+44(0)20 7898 4251
SOAS, University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Russell Square: College Buildings
Office No:
Office Hours:
Tues.2.30-3.30/Thurs.11.30-12.30/Email appointment


Courses Taught
PhD Students supervised
  • Elizabeth Munro, ‘The dusky hordes that swarmed’: Exposing the (mis)representation of Muslims and Islamic Religious Practice in the English Charlemagne Romance Cycle and the Petronivs Redivivvs, stories VII and VIII, from the Analecta Dvblinensia.
  • Onees Lodhi, Migration (Hijra) and Travel in Early Islam
  • Taylan Gungor, The mercantile experience of Ottoman Pera in the century after 1453

Inaugural Lecture

History, memory and legend in the Great Arab Conquests


Authored Books

Kennedy, Hugh (2007) The Great Arab Conquests. How the Spread of Islam Changed the World We Live In. London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson.

Kennedy, Hugh (2005) The Court of the Caliphs: When Baghdad Ruled the Muslim World. London: Phoenix.

Kennedy, Hugh (2001) The Armies of the Caliphs. Military and Society in the Early Islamic State. Routledge.

Edited Books or Journal Volumes

Kennedy, Hugh, ed. (2013) Warfare and poetry in the Middle East. London: I.B. Tauris.

Kennedy, Hugh, ed. (2005) Muslim military architecture in greater Syria: from the coming of Islam to the Ottoman Period. Leiden; Boston: Brill.

Book Chapters

Kennedy, Hugh (2012) 'Journey to Mecca: A History.' In: Porter, V., (ed.), Hajj: journey to the heart of Islam. London: British Museum Press, pp. 68-132.

Kennedy, Hugh (2011) 'Shayzar: overview of its history.' In: Tonghini, C., (ed.), Shayzar I: The Fortification of the Citadel. Leiden: Brill, pp. 2-25.

Kennedy, Hugh (2011) 'The Ribat in the Early Islamic World.' In: Day, H. and Fentress, E., (eds.), Western Monasticism Ante Litteram. Tournhout: Brepols, pp. 161-175.

Kennedy, Hugh (2011) 'Great estates and elite lifestyles in the Fertile Crescent from Byzantium and Sasanian Iran to Islam.' In: Fuess, A and Hartung, J-P, (eds.), Court Cultures of the Muslim World. London: Routledge, pp. 54-79.

Kennedy, Hugh (2010) 'Syrian Elites from Byzantium to Islam: Survival or Extinction?' In: Haldon, J., (ed.), Money, Power and Politics in early Islamic Syria. Aldershot: Ashgate, pp. 181-198.

Kennedy, Hugh (2010) 'How to found an Islamic city.' In: Goodson, C. and Lester, A. E. and Symes, C., (eds.), Cities, Texts and Social Networks 400-1500. Aldershot: Ashgate, pp. 45-63.

Kennedy, Hugh (2010) 'The Coming of Islam to Bukhara.' In: Suleiman, Y., (ed.), Living Islamic History: Studies in Honour of Professor Carole Hillenbrand. Edinburgh University Press, pp. 77-91.

Kennedy, Hugh (2009) 'Survival of Iranianness.' In: Curtis, V. S. and Stewart, S., (eds.), The Rise of Islam. London: I.B. Tauris, pp. 13-29.

Kennedy, Hugh (2008) 'Inherited Cities.' In: Jayyusi, S. K., (ed.), The City in the Islamic World. Leiden: Brill, pp. 93-114.

Kennedy, Hugh (2007) 'Justinianic Plague in Syria and the Archaeological Evidence.' In: Little, L., (ed.), Plague and the End of Antiquity. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 87-95.


Kennedy, Hugh (2011) 'The feeding of the five hundred thousand: cities and agriculture in early Islamic Mesopotamia.' Iraq, 73 . pp. 177-199.

Kennedy, Hugh (2002) 'Military Pay and the Economy of the Early Islamic State.' Historical Research, 75 (188). pp. 155-169.


Kennedy, Hugh (2010) 'The City and the Nomad.' In: The New Cambridge History of Islam Volume 4: Islamic Cultures and Societies to the End of the Eighteenth Century. Cambridge University Press. pp. 290-305.

Kennedy, Hugh (2010) 'The late Abbasid Pattern.' In: The New Cambridge History of Islam Volume 1: The Formation of the Islamic World, Sixth to Eleventh Centuries. Cambridge University Press. pp. 360-393.

Kennedy, Hugh (2008) 'The Mediterranean Frontier: Christianity face to face with Islam, 600–1050.' In: Cambridge History of Christianity. Cambridge University Press. pp. 178-196.

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