SOAS University of London

Department of History, School of History, Religions & Philosophies

Professor G R Hawting

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The early development of Islam in the Middle East; Arabic accounts of Muhammad’s life; pre-modern Islamic and Middle Eastern History

Previous PhD Students

Zohar Shani Allouche, '"Between The Pure Milk And The Froth": Images Of The Devil In The Muslim Tradition (Hadith)', 2006

Gurdofarid Miskinzoda, 'On The Margins Of Sira: Mughuitai (689-762 / 1290-1361) And His Place In The Development Of Sira Litrature.', 2007

Daniel Andrzej Vazquez-Paluch, 'The Establishment Of The Maliki School In Muslim Spain', 2008

Alena Kulinich, 'Representing "a blameworthy tafsir": Mu 'tazilite exegetical tradition in al-Jami' fi tafsir al-Qur'an of 'Ali ibn 'lsa al-Rummani (d.384/994)', 2012



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Regional Expertise
  • Near and Middle East
Country Expertise
  • Egypt
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Syria
  • Turkey
  • Arabic


Authored Books

Hawting, Gerald (2000) The first dynasty of Islam: the Umayyad caliphate AD 661-750. Routledge.

Hawting, Gerald (1999) The Idea of Idolatry and the Emergence of Islam: From Polemic to History. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


Hawting, Gerald (1997) 'The Literary Context of Muslim Tradition about pre-Islamic Arab Idolatry'. Jerusalem Studies in Arabic and Islam, (21), pp 21-41.

Hawting, Gerald (1997) 'Shirk and Idolatry in Monotheist Polemic'. Israel Oriental Studies: Dhimmis and Others: Jews and Christians and the World of Classical Islam, (17), pp 107-26.

Edited Books or Journals

Hawting, Gerald, (ed.), (2004) Muslims, Mongols, and Crusaders. London: Routledge.

Hawting, Gerald and Mojaddedi, JA and Samely, A., (eds.), (2000) Studies in Islamic and Middle Eastern texts and traditions. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Book Chapters

Hawting, Gerald (2006) 'Eavesdropping on the Heavenly Assembly and the Protection of the Revelation from Demonic Corruption'. In: Wild, S., (ed.), Self-Referentiality in the Qur'an.. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, pp 25-37.

Hawting, Gerald (2006) 'The Tawwabun, Atonement and 'Ashura''. In: Hawting, G., (ed.), The Development of Islamic Ritual. Farnham: Ashgate, pp 173-188.

Hawting, Gerald (2005) 'The Rise of Islam'. In: Choueiri, Y.M., (ed.), A Companion to the History of the Middle East.. Malden, MA: Blackwell, pp 9-27.

Hawting, Gerald (2004) 'articles: Parties and factipons, Pilgrimage, Pre-Islamic Arabia and the Qur'an'. In: Mc, JD, (ed.), Encyclopaedia of the Qur'an vol. 4. Brill (Netherlands), pp 24a-27b, 91b-100a, 253b-261b.

Hawting, Gerald (2003) ''Ka'ba' and 'Oaths''. In: McAuliffe, JD, (ed.), Encyclopaedia of the Qur'an vol. 3. Brill (Netherlands), pp 75a-80a, 561a-560b.

Hawting, Gerald (2003) 'Qur'anic Exegesis and History'. In: McAuliffe, J.D. and Walfish, B.D. and Goering, J.W., (eds.), With Reverence for the Word. Medieval Scriptural Exegesis in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.. Oxford University Press, pp 408-421.

Hawting, Gerald (2002) '"Idolatry and Idolaters" and "Idols and Images"'. In: J.D.McAuliffe, , (ed.), Encyclopaedia of the Qur'an, vol. 2. Bril ( Leiden,Boston), pp 475-484.

Hawting, Gerald (2001) 'Atonement [and] Calf of Gold'. In: D, J, (ed.), Encyclopaedia of the Qur´┐Żan, vol. 1, A-D. Brill (Boston, Cologne & Leiden), pp 186b-188a, 273b-276b.

Hawting, Gerald (2000) 'Tahannuth [and] al-Thaqafi [and] Umayyads'. In: Bearman, PJ, (ed.), Encyclopaedia of Islam, 2nd edition. Brill (Leiden), pp 98b-99a, 431b-432a, 840a-847b.

Hawting, Gerald (2000) 'Discussion in Islamic law of being prevented from completing a pilgrimage (ihsar)'. In: G.R.Hawting, and Mojaddedi, JA and Samely, A, (eds.), Studies in Islamic and Middle Eastern texts and traditions in memory of Norman Calder. Oxford University Press (Oxford), pp 121-137.


Hawting, Gerald (1996) 'The History of al-Tabari Vol 17 - The First Civil War', 17.


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