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MALLETT, Alexander


MALLETT, Alexander


Ph.D. Islamic History


Assistant Professor



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The Islamic Historiography of the Crusades MALLETT, Alexander, Assistant Professor

Research Topic

Al-Maqrīzī’s al-Sulūk for the Ayyūbid Period: Critical Edition, Translation, and Commentary

My research project will provide the first critical edition, English  translation, and commentary on part of al-Maqrizi’s (d. 1441) Mamluk-era (1250-1517) Arabic chronicle al-Suluk li-maʿrifat duwal al-muluk covering the period of Ayyubid rule in West Asia and Egypt (1171-1250). It will use the innovative methodological approach pioneered by Frédéric Bauden (Liege) for his series Bibliotheca Maqriziana, in which this project’s outputs will appear, and it will thereby greatly increase our knowledge of Ayyubid and Mamluk history, the medieval historian’s working method, and aspects of Islamic societies in general, including contemporary ones.

Education and Academic Employment

Research Fellow in Digital Asia, Leiden University (2017-2018)
Research Fellow and Lecturer, University of Exeter (2014-2017)
Digital Product Editor, Cengage Learning (2013-2014)
Lecturer, Royal Holloway, University of London (2012-2013)
Research Fellow, Université de Nantes (2012)
Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, Royal Holloway, University of London (2010-2011)
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Birmingham (2009)

Ph.D. Islamic History, University of Edinburgh (2009)
MA Medieval Studies, University College London (2004)
BA History, University College London (2002)

Fields of Research Interests

Medieval Islamic History; Arabic Historiography; Crusades; Christian-Muslim Relations; Medieval Europe

Academic Publications
  • Popular Muslim Reactions to the Franks in the Levant, 1097-1291 (Farnham: Ashgate, 2014)

Shortlisted for the 2015 Society for the Medieval Mediterranean’s Dionisius A. Agius Book Prize

Edited Volumes:
  • Medieval Muslim Historians and the Franks in the Levant (ed.) (Leiden: Brill, 2014)
  • Christian-Muslim Relations: A Bibliographical History. Volume 5 (1350-1500) (with D. Thomas) (Leiden: Brill, 2013)
  • Christian-Muslim Relations: A Bibliographical History. Volume 4 (1200-1350) (with D. Thomas) (Leiden: Brill, 2012)
  • Christian-Muslim Relations: A Bibliographical History. Volume 3 (1050-1200) (with D. Thomas) (Leiden: Brill, 2011)
  • Christian-Muslim Relations: A Bibliographical History. Volume 2 (900-1050) (with D. Thomas) (Leiden: Brill, 2010)
Peer-Reviewed Articles:
  • Two writings of al-Ṭurṭushī as Evidence for Early Muslim Reactions to the Frankish Crusader Presence in the Levant’, Wiener Zeitschrift für die Kunde des Morgenlandes 107 (2017), 153-78
  • ‘Muslim Responses to Western Intervention: A Comparative Study of the Crusades and Post-2003 Iraq’, Journal of Medieval Military History 14 (2016), pp. 133-147
  • ‘The Battle of Inab’, Journal of Medieval History 39 (2013), pp. 48-60
  • ‘Islamic Historians of the Ayyubid Era and Muslim Rulers from the Early Crusading Period: A Study in the Use of History’, al-Masāq 24 (2012), pp. 241-252
  • ‘The Life of Aq-Sunqur al-Bursuqi: Some Notes on Twelfth-Century Islamic History and Thirteenth-Century Muslim Historiography’, Turkish Historical Review 2 (2011), pp. 39–56
  • ‘“The Other” in the Crusading Period: Walter the Chancellor’s Presentation of Najm al-Dīn Il-Ghāzī’, al-Masāq 22 (2010) pp. 113-128
  • ‘A Trip down the Red Sea with Reynald of Châtillon’, Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society 18 (2008), pp. 141-153.
Chapters in Edited Volumes:
  •  Alex Mallett, ‘Infernalising the Enemy: Images of Hell in Muslim Descriptions of the Franks’, in C. Hillenbrand (ed.) Syria in Crusader Times (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2019), pp. 184-194.
  • ‘The Crusades’, in D. Thomas (ed.), The Routledge Companion to Christian-Muslim Relations (London: Routledge, 2017), 126-34
  • ‘The Muslim Memory of the Crusades’, in M. Cassidy-Welch (ed.), Remembering the Crusades and Crusading (London: Routledge, 2016), pp. 216-230
  • ‘A Neglected Piece of Evidence for Early Muslim Reactions to the Frankish Crusader Presence in the Levant: The “Jihad Chapter” from Tuḥfat al-mulūk’, in D. Pratt et al. (eds), The Character of Christian-Muslim Encounter (Leiden: Brill, 2015), pp. 95-110
  • ‘Sibṭ Ibn al-Jawzī’, in A. Mallett (ed.), Medieval Muslim Historians and the Franks in the Levant (Leiden: Brill, 2014), pp. 84-108.
Other Interests

Japanese Cinema, Reading Fiction (especially the books of Haruki Murakami), Travelling, and Sports

Affiliated Academic Organizations

Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society (UK)
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK)


AHRC Research Grant (with D.A. Agius and C.R. Rider), 2014.
Scouloudi Historical Research Grant, 2014
Scouloudi Historical Research Grant, 2012
Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship, 2010 – 2011
BRISMES Abdullah al-Mubarak Postgraduate Scholarship, 2007
BRISMES Postgraduate Grant, 2006

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