Professor Alastair Hamilton FBA

Oriental and African Studies Oriental Studies Early Modern History Intellectual History - History Middle East

Elected 2004

Fellow type
UK Fellow
Year elected

Alastair Hamilton was born in Barnet on 20 May 1941. He was educated at Eton and King's College Cambridge, where he read Modern Languages and received his PhD in Divinity in 1982. In 1977 He was appointed to lecture in English literature at the University of Urbino in Italy. Having specialised in the study of the Radical Reformation and Western relations with the Arab world, he became the Dr C. Louise Thijssen-Schoute Professor of the History of Ideas at the University of Leiden in Holland in 1985, and in 1987 Professor of the History of the Radical Reformation (Anabaptistica) at the University of Amsterdam. In 2003 he was awarded an S.T. Lee Fellowship and in 2004 was appointed the Arcadian Visiting Research Professor at the School of Advanced Study, London University, attached to the Warburg Institute.

Current post

Senior Research Fellow, The Warburg Institute, University of London


The Apocryphal Apocalypse: The Reception of the Second Book of Esdras (4 Ezra) from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment 1999

(with Francis Richard) André Du Ryer and Oriental Studies in Seventeenth-Century France 2004

The Family of Love 1971

William Bedwell the Arabist 1563-1632 1981

Heresy and Mysticism in Sixteenth-Century Spain: The Alumbrados 1992

The Copts and the West 1439-1822: The European Discovery of the Egyptian Church 2006, paperback 2014

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