A book about the beginnings of Islamic law has its own story of beginning

Beginnings are difficult to retrace. And the beginning of my book, The Beginnings of Islamic Law, is no exception. There are many experiences that shaped the writing of the book, including ones that predate when I began researching it.…


Introducing Precarious Lives and Syrian Refugees in Turkey, an upcoming special issue of New Perspectives on Turkey

Since civil war erupted in Syria in 2011, Turkey has become host to the largest number of Syrians fleeing their country—about 2.7 million registered refugees—and the largest refugee-receiving country in the post-World War II period.…


Nelson Mandela, the University of the Witwatersrand and the #FeesMustFall movement

In a new paper, Nelson Mandela and Wits University in the Journal of African History on Nelson Mandela’s experience as a student at the University of the Witwatersrand, Bruce Murray reveals many surprising aspects of the university’s most famous student.   The paper shows that almost all of the problems that black students confront today – the unsympathetic stance of the institutions, the unmanageable demands of fees and indebtedness, and the special trials of segregated cities – shaped Mandela’s time at Wits, and his relationship with the university while he was in prison.   Yet, even amidst this very familiar story there are important surprises, both about Mandela the student, and his university.  The paper illuminates much that was not well understood about both of them, and should be essential reading for anyone interested in the predicament of the universities.…


Journal of East Asian Studies Special Issue Preview – Contentious Elites in China: New Evidence and Approaches

Introducing Contentious Elites in China: New Evidence and Approaches, an upcoming special issue of the Journal of East Asian Studies.


Introducing the Journal of Chinese History

The study of Chinese history outside of China has grown remarkably since the 1960s and is certainly one of the liveliest fields of history today.…


Q & A With Professor David O. Morgan, The Mongols and Post Mongol Asia

The latest issue of the Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society is a special double issue which honours the contribution Professor David O’ Morgan has made over many years to the understanding of the Mongols and their fascinating story.…


Journals aid and donation in developing countries: An interview with Anne Powell of INASP

Cambridge University Press works with several international aid programs to secure sustainable access to research for people living in developing countries.


Royal Historical Society’s: Constitution Maker – Selected Writings of Sir Ivor Jennings

Royal Historical Society’s volume 46 of its Camden Fifth Series is focused on the remarkable contributions made by the prolific and prominent scholar of British and constitutional history, Sir William Ivor Jennings (1903-65).…


The 2014 China Quarterly Gordon White Prize Winner: Dr Brian C. H. Fong

The China Quarterly is pleased to award the 2014 Gordon White Prize to Brian C.H. Fong for his article “The Partnership between the Chinese Government and Hong Kong’s Capitalist Class: Implications for HKSAR Governance, 1997–2012” (No.…


Early Islamic History: A Workshop in Honour of Professor G. R. Hawting

Gerald Hawting came to SOAS in 1963 to study for an undergraduate degree in History, “with special reference to the Near and Middle East”.…


Celebrating Iraq’s Cultural Heritage

Eleanor Robson, Voluntary Chair of the British Institute for the Study of Iraq’s governing Council and Professor of Ancient Middle Eastern History at University College London, discusses Iraq’s cultural heritage.…


Debate: The ANC in Exile

Several recent publications have explored the ANC’s external links during South Africa’s apartheid years. Four review texts published as a Debate in the February 2015 issue of Africa offer an insight into attempts to understand this aspect of the ANC’s struggle.…