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 late 2010, and have been lecturing in Arabic/ 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.)