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Associate Professor of Islamic History, University of Leeds

My research and teaching are focused broadly on the history and historiography of early and medieval Islam, specifically Arabic historiography of the 12th-15th centuries. I took my undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at the University of Oxford, whence, after a BA in English, I spent two years working as a journalist in London. I then studied for an MPhil in classical and medieval Islamic history. I later specialised in Mamluk historiography for my DPhil, for which I made a diplomatic edition of Ibn al-Furāt's account of late Fatimid rule from the autograph manuscript of his nine-volume history of the Islamic world, and wrote an historiographical commentary on this corpus of texts (some otherwise lost) dating from the sixth/twelfth century of Islamic history.

I received my doctorate in early 2011, and have been lecturing in Islamic History since February 2010, first at the Markfield Institute of Higher Education in Leicestershire, at the Cambridge Muslim College, where I was a Research Fellow in 2011/2012, and now at Leeds University (since September 2012.)


  • –present
    Lecturer in Middle Eastern History and Islamic History, University of Leeds


Staunton Prize (Royal Asiatic Society), Women of Achievement Award (University of Leeds 2021)