Spotlight on Andrew Peacock
February 22, 2013 Leave a comment
Dr Andrew Peacock has been Lecturer in Middle Eastern Studies in the School of History since 2011. As an undergraduate he studied Arabic and Persian at the University of Oxford, subsequently moving to Cambridge where he completed his PhD, and held a research fellowship between 2004 and 2007. He also worked in Turkey for several years before coming to St Andrews. He has published two monographs, Mediaeval Islamic Historiography and Political Legitimacy (2007) and Early Seljuq History (2010), and two edited volumes, The Frontiers of the Ottoman World (2009) and The Seljuks of Anatolia (2013, coedited with Sara Nur Yildiz).
His interests focus on the political and intellectual history and historiography of the eastern Islamic world (roughly, Anatolia, Iraq, Iran, Central Asia) between the 10th and 15th centuries, but he has also published on earlier and later periods, ranging from the Crimea to Indonesia. The consequences of the Turkish invasions of the Middle East in the eleventh century form the subject of a book he is current completing, The Great Seljuk Empire.
A further research interest is the history of the Indian Ocean region, on which has co-directed a major research project funded by the British Academy looking at links between the Muslim states of Southeast Asia and the Ottoman Empire over the 16th to 20th centuries (www.ottomansoutheastasia.org). In the course of his research, he has travelled widely in the Middle East and the broader Muslim world, working in countries as varied as Egypt, Sudan, Georgia, Indonesia, Thailand and Uzbekistan.
Central to Andrew’s research is the written heritage of the Islamic world, much of which is preserved in unpublished manuscripts. This is the focus of his current main project, The Islamisation of Anatolia, c. 1100-1500, funded by a major grant from the European Research Council, which examines the Arabic, Persian and Turkish manuscript heritage of mediaeval Anatolia.
Dr Peacock teaches at all levels and offers honours modules on The Formation of Islamic Iran: from the Arab Conquests to the Seljuq Empire (600-1200) and Nomadic Heritage and Persianate Culture: the Iranian world from the Timurids to the Safavids (1370-1722).
For more on Dr Peacock please visit his staff page on the School of History website.