The purpose of this committee is to advise on a wide range of academic decisions relevant to the advisors' area of specialisation. The committee is to provide guidance on selection requirement, procedures, and general academic and administrative policies.

Michelle Brown

Michelle P. Brown FSA is Professor Emerita of Medieval Manuscript Studies at the School of Advanced Study, University of London. She is also a Visiting Professor at University College London and Baylor University, Texas. She was formerly the Curator of Medieval and Illuminated Manuscripts at the British Library and a Lay Canon of St Paul's Cathedral. She has written, lectured and broadcast widely on medieval cultural history. Her books include: The Coming of Christianity to Britain and Ireland; The British Library Guide to Western Historical Scripts from Antiquity to 1600; Understanding Illuminated Manuscripts; The Lindisfarne Gospels and the Early Medieval World; You're History - How People Make the Difference; The Lion Companion to Christian Art; The Luttrell Psalter; The Holkham Bible; The Book and the Transformation of Britain. She is currently researching contacts between Britain and Ireland and the Near East during the Early Middle Ages and the Latin manuscripts at St Catherine's, Sinai.

Michael Carter

Michael Carter obtained his doctorate at Oxford in 1968 and began his teaching career at Sydney University, followed by a decade in the United States (at Duke and New York University), and finishing in Oslo. Since his retirement in 2004 he has been an Hon. Prof. in the Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies at Sydney University. His areas of interest are the history of Arabic grammatical theory and its relationship with law, theology and philosophy.

Geoffrey Greatrex

Geoffrey Greatrex is a professor of Classics at the University of Ottawa, where he has taught since 2001. He studied at Exeter College, Oxford, where he received his doctorate in later Roman history in 1994. He then worked at several universities, such as the Open University (England), Cardiff (Wales), Dalhousie (Halifax, Nova Scotia) and Ottawa. He has written extensively on the later Roman empire, in particular on the reign of Justinian. His first books dealt with Romano-Persian relations, Rome and Persia at War, 502-532 (Leeds, 1998), and The Roman Eastern Frontier and the Persian Wars, A.D. 363-630 (London, 2002, with S. Lieu); more recently he collaborated on a new translation and commentary of The Chronicle of Pseudo-Zachariah of Mytilene (Liverpool, 2011, with C. Horn and R. Phenix). He is a member of the editorial board of Byzantinische Zeitschrift and Antiquité Tardive and a former president of the Esperanto-Asocio de Britio and the Kanada Esperanto-Asocio. He was awarded a Humboldt fellowship to conduct his research at Munich in 2006 and 2009 and was a visiting fellow at Robinson College, Cambridge, in 2009 and 2013-14.

Amir Harrak

Professor Amir Harrak studied philosophy and theology at St. John's Seminary in Mosul Iraq between 1968 and 1973. In 1980 he obtained three licence degrees in Church History, Oriental Studies, and Archaeology and Art history from the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium, and in 1987, he received a Master's and Ph.D. degrees in Assyriology from the University of Toronto, Canada. In 1988 he began a teaching career at this university, where he is now a Full Professor of Aramaic and Syriac. Among his latest publications are the two-volume Syriac and Garshuni Inscriptions of Iraq published in 2010 by the Académie des inscriptions et belles-lettres, Paris, France. He is also the founder and the current president of the Canadian Society for Syriac Studies, and General Editor of its Journal.

Miklós Maróth

Miklós Maróth was educated in the Benedictine Grammar school, Pannonhalma, and graduated with degrees in Latin, Greek and Arabic from the Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest. Since 1970 he has been collaborator with and later head of the Centre of Research for Classical Philology at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. His main publications are Ibn Sina und die peripatetische "Aussagenlogik" (Leiden 1989) and Die Araber und die antike Wissenschaftstheorie (Leiden 1994). In 1992 he became Professor of Classical and Semitic Philology at the Pázmány Péter Catholic University, and published The Correspondence between Aristotle and Alexander the Great: An Anonymous Greek Novel in Letters in Arabic Translation (Piliscsaba 2006). Since 1995 he has been member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, and from 2007 to 2010 he was President of the Union Académique Internationale. His main field of research concerns the influence of the classical world on Islam.

Janet Martin Soskice

Janet Martin Soskice is Professor of Philosophical Theology at the University of Cambridge and, from October 2014, President of Jesus College, Cambridge. Her recent books include The Kindness of God (OUP, 2008) and Sisters of Sinai (Chatto and Knopf, 2009). She is an editor, with David Burrell, Carlo Cogliati and Bill Stoeger of Creation and the God of Abraham (CUP, 2010), a book with Jewish, Christian and Muslim contributors. In writing Sisters of Sinai she was a frequent traveller to Egypt and Israel, and became very interested in eastern Christianity, especially in the Syriac/Aramaic language traditions.

Tomasz Szenjer

Tomasz Szenjer received his PhD from the University of Cambridge. His academic activities focus on Business Excellence Models and Innovation Management. He designed a model for business excellence to support organizations in both cultural transformation and organizational development in transitional and emerging economies. The model assists in a continuous improvement process, which helps organizations to improve their operations, and build a more sustainable competitive advantage. Tomasz has been involved in business consulting in the area of Business Excellence, Continuous Improvement and Change Management for 20 years. When working for Capgemini Consulting Corporation, as a Director of Business Excellence, he designed a “Transforming Government Program”. The main theses from his program were published in his book Building Better Quality Administration for the Public, recognized by OECD. He became a UK Business Excellence Award Assessor for the British Quality Foundation in London. During his business career, Tomasz founded the “Forum for Building a Culture of Democracy” – an initiative dedicated to reconstructing values systems to ensure the strengthening of democracy and promotion of market economies within civic societies in post totalitarian countries. Tomasz is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in London, and the Member of The New York Academy of Sciences.

Kees Versteegh

Kees Versteegh (1947) was full professor of Arabic and Islam at the University of Nijmegen (The Netherlands) from 1989 till 2010, when he retired. He graduated in Classical and Semitic languages and specializes in historical linguistics and the history of linguistics, focusing on processes of language change, language contact, and pidgin and creole languages. He obtained his Ph.D. degree at the University of Nijmegen with a dissertation on Greek elements in Arabic linguistic thinking (1977). His books include Pidginization and creolization: The case of Arabic (Amsterdam, 1984), Arabic grammar and Qur'anic exegesis in early Islam (1993), The Arabic linguistic tradition (London, 1997), and The Arabic language (Edinburgh, 1997). He co-edited the Handbuch für die Geschichte der Sprach- und Kommunikationswissenschaft (Berlin, 2000-2005) and the Dutch/Arabic-Arabic/Dutch dictionary (Amsterdam, 2003), and he was the editor-in-chief of the Encyclopedia of Arabic language and linguistics (Leiden, 2006-2009).

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