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
Literatures of South Asia; multilingual and located approach to world literature; book history in South Asia
The modern history of the Middle East and North Africa from the late Ottoman era to the present day
West African history: oral traditions, chronicles, and medieval Arabic inscriptions; the interaction of Islamic and other cultural heritages in the region