Prospective Students


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PhD Advising

I am considering applications from prospective students whose proposals align closely with the aims and mission of the Digital Lab for Islamic Visual Culture & Collections.

For pre-doctoral study I supervise students in the School of History of Art’s MSc in Global Premodern Art: History, Heritage, and Curation and MPhil/PhD/MSc by Research programmes. I also direct the MSc in History of Art, Theory and Display.  


Students should enter with a working knowledge of Arabic and/or other pertinent languages depending on specific research interests.  While the University of Edinburgh offers courses and other resources through Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies access is not always possible due to high demand.

Areas of Strength

Edinburgh has important collections of Islamic visual culture at the National Museum of Scotland and in the museums and special collections of the university itself.

Besides the resources available in the School of the History of Art, ECA has great strengths in History of Architecture/Architecture/Landscape Architecture, Design, Music, and Art.

Other important resources in Edinburgh: uCreate Studio; Creative Informatics; Edinburgh Futures Institute; the History & Games Lab and the Late Antique Islamic, and Byzantine Studies (LAIBS) programme in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology (HCA); the Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies (IMES) programme in the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures (LLC); and through the Alwaleed Centre.

Professional Organizations

Historians of Islamic Art Association (HIAA)

Middle East Medievalists (MEM)

Spain North Africa Project (SNAP)

College Art Association (CAA)

International Center of Medieval Art (ICMA)

Society of Architectural Historians (SAH)

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

Middle East Studies Association (MESA) 

Academic Culture/Advice

Chronicle of Higher Education


Times Higher Education

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