The social and cultural history of China from the Qing through to the present, especially rural north China, links between transnational and local history, religion, diplomacy and revolution
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
Hindu religious literature in the Middle Ages (post-Gupta period); comparative religion, with particular reference to Hinduism and Christianity; philosophical phenomenology and hermeneutics
The philological and historical studies of Sogdian and other Middle Iranian texts unearthed from the area along the ancient Silk Roads
Greco-Roman antiquity and its legacy in the East