Professor Robert Hoyland

Professor Robert Hoyland
Trustee

Professor Robert Hoyland has been professor of Middle Eastern History at the Universities of St Andrews, Oxford and New York. He has written numerous works on the cultural history of the Middle East, including: Seeing Islam as Others saw it (1997), Arabia and the Arabs (2001), The Chronicle of Theophilus of Edessa (2011)and In God's Path: the Arab Conquests and the First Islamic Empire (2014). He has conducted archaeological fieldwork in Yemen, Syria, Turkey and Iraq. In 2014, as first director of the Oxford Nizami Ganjavi Programme, he launched a new archaeological initiative, the excavation of the ancient city of Barda in Azerbaijan, which was the capital of the Late Antique Christian kingdom of Albania and the site of the first Muslim garrison in the southeast Caucasus.