Research Topic: Funded jointly by the AHRC and New College, my research centres broadly on early modern Europe and its engagement with Muslim cultures and societies, from North Africa and the Eastern Mediterranean, to Central Asia and the Indian Ocean. My thesis, meanwhile, will focus more specifically on seventeenth-century Britain and its complex and evolving relationship with Islam. It will explore contemporary British perceptions of – and debates over – the Muslim faith, particularly among Britons with first-hand experience of the Islamic world, such as diplomats, merchants, converts and missionaries.
My research questions are varied, but generally cover the following three issues: how British attitudes towards Islam – developed both at home and overseas – were affected by domestic religious and political debates; how much Britons were able to distinguish between the constituent cultures and societies of the Islamic world; and the value of the 'Muslim' or 'Islamic world' as a historiographical unit, specifically among early modernists.
2017-2020: PhD in History, University of Oxford.
2015-2017: MA in Global History, University of Warwick.
2011-2015: BA (Hons) in French and History, University of Warwick.