Prof Alan Williams Professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Religion

Professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Religion

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Biography

Profile:

  • MA in Oriental Studies (Persian and Arabic) (Oxford),
  • PhD in Iranian Studies (SOAS, London)
  • Professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Religion
  • Head of Religions and Theology in the School of Arts Histories and Cultures 2008-2011
  • Joined the University of Manchester in 1985

For books and articles etc see under Publications, and for lectures see under Research Interests

External positions

Full Member of Governing Council and Trustee, British Institute of Persian Studies

30 Nov 201730 Nov 2019

Chair of Research Committee, British Institute of Persian Studies

30 Nov 201730 Nov 2019

Chair of the Trust, E.J.W. Gibb Memorial Trust

26 May 201725 May 2019

Director of Medieval Research Programme, British Institute of Persian Studies

1 Apr 20141 Apr 2018

Trustee, E.J.W. Gibb Memorial Trust

1 Jan 20111 Jan 2021

Member of Academic Council, Iran Heritage Foundation

1 Apr 20101 Apr 2020

Asst. Editor, Mawlana Rumi Review

1 Jan 20081 Jan 2021

Areas of expertise

Education / academic qualifications

  • 1984 - Doctor of Philosophy, Iranian Studies, SOAS University of London (1976 - 1979)
  • 1978 - Master of Arts, Oriental Studies (Persian and Arabic), Oxford University (1973 - 1976)

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