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

Dr Peter Webb

BA, MA, PhD (London)


Peter Webb
Department of History

British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow

London Middle East Institute (LMEI)


Dr Peter Webb
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SOAS, University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
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Mondays 3-5pm


Classical Arabic history and literature; Arab identity in early Islam; "al-Jahiliyya" and the Muslim reconstruction of pre-Islamic history; pre-Islamic poetry



Book Chapters

Webb, Peter (2013) 'The Hajj before Muhammad: Journeys to Mecca in Muslim Narratives of Pre-Islamic History.' In: Hajj: Collected Essays. London: British Museum, pp. 6-14.

Webb, Peter (2013) 'Poetry and the Early Islamic Historical Tradition: Poetry and narratives of the Battle of Ṣiffīn.' In: Poetry and Warfare in Middle Eastern Literatures. London: IB Tauris, pp. 119-144.


Webb, Peter (2015) 'Pre-Islamic al-Shām in Classical Arabic Literature: Spatial narratives and history-telling.' Studia Islamica, 110 (2). pp. 135-164.

Webb, Peter (2014) 'Al-Jāhiliyya: Uncertain Times of Uncertain Meanings.' Der Islam, 91 (1). pp. 69-94.

Webb, Peter (2012) ''Foreign books' in Arabic literature: discourses on books, knowledge and ethnicity in the writings of al-Jāḥiẓ.' Journal of Arabic and Islamic Studies, 12 (2). pp. 16-55.

Webb, Peter (2012) 'Muhammad’s ascension to the Heavenly Spheres: ‘Utopian Travel’: Fact and Fiction in making Utopias.' Middle Eastern Literatures, 15 (3). pp. 240-256.

Book Reviews

Webb, Peter (2015) 'Review of Aziz al-Azmeh: The Emergence of Islam in Late Antiquity.' al-Usur al-Wusta, 23 (1). pp. 149-153.

Webb, Peter (2015) 'Review of Robert Hoyland: In God's Path.' The Times Literary Supplement . pp. 24-25.

Webb, Peter (2013) 'Review of Geert Jan van Gelder, 'Classical Arabic Literature'.' The Times Literary Supplement .

Webb, Peter (2013) 'Review of Malcolm Lyons, 'The Man of Wiles in Popular Arabic Literature'.' The Times Literary Supplement .

Webb, Peter (2012) '“Islam’s Real Origins?” Review of Tom Holland, In the Shadow of the Sword.' Evening Standard .

This list was generated on Tue Nov 24 00:37:11 2015 GMT.