Francis Robinson, CBE
Francis Robinson is Professor of the History of South Asia, Royal Holloway, University of London. He was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he studied for his doctorate and was Prize Fellow from 1969-73. He was Lecturer in History at Royal Holloway from 1973-85, then Reader in History from 1985-90, before being appointed to a Professorship in 1990. He also served as Vice-Principal and Senior Vice-Principal of Royal Holloway from 1997-2004. He was Sultan of Oman Fellow, Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, and Visiting Professor in the History of the Islamic World, University of Oxford, 2008-12. He has held Visiting Professorships at the University of Washington and Directeur d'Etudes Associe, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris. He was President of the Royal Asiatic Society from (1997-2000 and from 2003-06). In 1978 he was awarded the Iqbal Centenary Medal, Pakistan, and in 2008, the Shaikh Yaki Zamani Medal, Iqbal Academy, UK. In 2006 he was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for contributions to Higher Education and the History of Islam.
His research interests lie in the history of the Islamic world since the eighteenth century. He has particular interests in religious change, learned and holy men and Islam in South Asia. Key publications include The Islamic World in the Age of Western Domination (New Cambridge History of Islam V) (Cambridge University Press, 2010); The Mughals and the Islamic Dynasties of India, Iran and Central Asia, 1206-1925 (Thames and Hudson, 2007); Islam, South Asia and the West (Oxford University Press, 2007); The Ulama of Farangi Mahall and Islamic Culture in South Asia (C. Hurst and Co, 2001); Islam and Muslim History in South Asia (2000); Islam and Muslim History in South Asia (2000); The Cambridge Illustrated History of the Islamic World (editor) (Cambridge University Press, 1996); The Cambridge Encyclopedia of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka (editor) (Cambridge University Press, 1989); The Atlas of the Islamic World since 1500 (Phaidon Press, 1982); and Separatism among Indian Muslims (Cambridge University Press, 1974). He is currently writing a biography of Maulana Jamal Mian Farangi Mahalli.