Professor Nicolai Sinai Elected as Fellow of the British Academy

Nicolai Sinai, Professor of Islamic Studies at the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies and Fellow of Pembroke College, has been elected as a Fellow of the British Academy in recognition of his contribution to research in his field.

Professor Sinai was one of twelve Fellows elected from Oxford in the 2023 round. Commenting on the elections, Professor Dan Grimley, Head of Humanities, added, ‘I am delighted that six outstanding Oxford academics doing world-leading research in the Humanities have been recognised with British Academy Fellowships. The high number of awardees, and the fact they are spread across six academic faculties, reflects the breadth, rigour and impact of humanities research in Oxford. Congratulations to all of the new Fellows.’

Professor Sinai said, ‘I am absolutely thrilled to be joining the British Academy, a community that includes many scholars whose work I admire and a vital champion of the humanities. I am hoping to make a useful contribution to its activities.’

Professor Sinai received his doctorate from the Freie Universität Berlin in 2007. His research includes the literary aspects of the Qur’an, the Qur'an's engagement with Jewish and Christian traditions and late antique Arabia and the life of Muhammad.


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