Prospective Students

I welcome proposals from students interested in pursuing study in Islamic visual culture. Besides my core expertise in the medieval Islamic west, areas of current interest include   global connections (medieval but also to Southeast Asia and the Philippines in later periods), visual culture of science, collections, curating, and display, and digital art history. The School of the History of Art’s Research Application Criteria and Guidelines are available here.

Besides supervision in History of Art programmes I also supervise dissertations in the University of Edinburgh MSc in Late Antique, Islamic, and Byzantine Studies.


Students interested in conducting research in medieval Islamic topics should plan to acquire a working knowledge of classical/medieval Arabic (and/or Persian depending on specific research interests), along with other language(s) pertinent to their research areas. The University of Edinburgh offers a wealth of courses and other resources for language training through Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies.

Other Areas of Strength

Edinburgh has great strengths in Late Antique and Byzantine Studies, and in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies.  There is a broad and diverse community of scholars  in areas such as History, Asian Studies, Archaeology, Classics, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, History of Science and Technology, etc.

Postgraduate students should take full advantage of relevant faculty expertise, interdisciplinary programs, and resources available both within the university and in local and regional collections.

Professional Organizations for Islamic Visual Culture

Historians of Islamic Art Association (HIAA)

Association for Modern+Contemporary Art of the Arab World, Iran+Turkey

Middle East Medievalists (MEM)

Middle East Studies Association (MESA) 

College Art Association (CAA)

Society of Architectural Historians (SAH)

Spain North Africa Project (SNAP)

Academic Culture/Advice

Chronicle of Higher Education


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