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, specifically among three groups of people with first-hand experience of the Islamic world: diplomats, merchants and Christian missionaries.
At present, my research centres around the following broad questions: what did British diplomats, merchants and missionaries think of Muslim cultures and practices? How did their views differ from those of Britons at home – mainly scholars, dramatists and travel writers – and where did they converge? How nuanced were their views regarding the complexity and variety of the Islamic world, and to what extent were their perceptions affected by their own beliefs and prejudices, and those of their colleagues and contacts?
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.