Robert Gleave is Professor of Arabic Studies at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies (IAIS), University of Exeter. From 2011-13 he was Secretary/Treasurer of the International Society for Islamic Legal Studies (ISILS) and President of the British Institute of Persian Studies (BIPS). Until July 2012, he was Chair of the Advisory Board for the UK Islamic Studies Network, funded by HEFCE and he serves as a Member of both AHRC and ESRC peer review colleges. He has been visiting scholar/professor at St John’s College, Oxford; the University of Tehran; Meiji University (Tokyo); the University of Michigan; the University of Washington, Seattle and the Institute of Advanced Studies, Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is currently involved with three funded research projects: as Principal Investigator on Islamic Reformulations: Belief, Governance and Violence; as Co-Investigator for Religion in the Public Sphere: Comparing Iranian and British Experiences; and as Principal Investigator on The Sharia Project.
Robert Gleave’s primary research interests include hermeneutics and scriptural exegesis in Islam; Islamic law, in particular works of Islamic legal theory (usul al-fiqh); violence and its justification in Islamic thought; and Shi'ism, in particular Shi'i legal and political theory.
Key publications include Islam and Literalism (Edinburgh University Press, 2012); Religion and Society in Qajar Iran (editor) (Routledge, 2009); Scripturalist Islam (Brill, 2007); Studies in Islamic Law (co-edited with Andreas Christmann) (Oxford University Press, 2007); Religion and Society in Qajar Iran (editor) (Routledge Curzon, 2005); Islamic Law : Theory and Practice (co-edited with Eugenia Kermeli) (IB Tauris, 2001); and Inevitable Doubt (Brill, 2000).