Aramaic inscriptions of the Roman-period Near East (especially Nabataen & Syriac); associated historical, religious & legal studies; early development of the Arabic script; Ugaritic, Hebrew & Syriac philology & literature
About this Fellow
My research focuses on maritime culture in the Islamic world; ethnography of the material culture and heritage of the Western Indian Ocean; lexical development of maritime and nautical terminology; the socio-cultural history and provenance of the traditional sailing water craft, the sea people and their activities, folklore belief and practices, resources and trade. I have conducted extensive maritime ethnographic fieldwork on the coasts of the Arabian Gulf and Oman between 1990 and 2000, and the African and Arabian coasts of the Red Sea from 2002 to 2014.
- Emeritus Al Qasimi Professor of Arabic Studies and Islamic Material Culture, University of Exeter
Islamic art, with particular reference to Iran and Syria; medieval architecture, book painting and iconography
Southeast Asian early modern history, as a coherent Braudellian whole; nationalism, revolution and political identity in Indonesia and Malaysia; patterns of religious, social and economic history in Asia
Hebrew language & literature: history of Greek-speaking Judaism; Jewish-Christian relations; modern Jewish theology