Robert Gleave is Professor of Arabic Studies at the University of Exeter. He is the Director of the ‘Clerical Authority in Shi’i Islam’ project.
The whole article can be downloaded as a PDF file.
Published in British Academy Review, No. 19 (January 2012).
Between 1993 and 1998, on behalf of the British Institute in Eastern Africa, Dr David W Phillipson directed a five-year programme of field study at Aksum, the ancient Ethiopian capital. In an edited extract from his Albert Reckitt Archaeological Lecture, delivered at the Academy on 22 February 2000, he describes some aspects of one of the most remarkable civilisations of the ancient world.
The British Academy’s ‘Records of Social and Economic History’ series exists
to publish primary sources that aid the study of social and economic history.
Professor Richard M. Smith FBA, who chairs the editorial committee,
discusses the most recent volumes published in the series.
In September 2013, the British Academy and the British Institute for the Study of Iraq (Gertrude Bell Memorial) held a conference on ‘Gertrude Bell and Iraq – A Life and Legacy’. This article by Dr Paul Collins, a Council Member of the British Institute for the Study of Iraq, draws on remarks made by Professor Charles Tripp FBA at the conclusion of the conference.