Andrew Peacock

University of St Andrews


Prof. Andrew Peacock is a professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic History. He studied Oriental Studies at the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, and has held positions in Cambridge, Ankara, and as Visiting Professor in the Department of History, University of Malaya (2017-2018).

Teaching and Research Interests

Medieval and early modern Middle Eastern and Islamic history, especially the history of Iran, Anatolia, the Caucasus and Central Asia up to the seventeenth century; Arabic and Persian historiography and manuscripts; history of the Indian Ocean region.

Current Research Projects

Dr Peacock is Principal Investigator of two major externally funded research projects, Islam, Trade and Politics across the Indian Ocean (co-director with Dr Annabel Teh Gallop), funded by the British Academy over 2009-2012 (; and The Islamisation of Anatolia, c. 1100-1500, funded by the European Research Council over 2012-2016.(


with Sheila Canby, Deniz Beyazit and Martina Rugiadi

New Haven/New York: Yale University Press and Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2016

Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press (2015) xiv +378 pp

ISBN: 97807486382

Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press (2015) xiv +378 pp

ISBN: 9780748638253

London: Routledge (Studies in the History of Iran and Turkey) (2010) xi+190 pp

ISNB: 9780415548533

Edited Volumes

with Sara Nur Yildiz Würzburg: Ergon Verlag; Istanbuler Texte und Studien 34, 2016 419 pp

ISBN 978-3-95650-157-9

with Robert Hillenbrand and Firuza Abdullaeva

London: IB Tauris, 2013 xxvi + 406 pp

ISBN 978-1780760155

with Annabel Teh Gallop

Oxford: Oxford University Press (Proceedings of the British Academy, 200) (2015) xvi + 348 pp

ISBN: 9780197265819

with D.G. Tor

London: I.B. Tauris/British Institute of Persian Studies (2015) xxvi + 228 pp

ISBN: 9781784532390

with Sara Nur Yildiz

London: I.B. Tauris (2013)

ISBN: 978-1848858879

with Bruno De Nicola and Sara Nur Yildiz

Farnham: Ashgate (2015) xxii + 430 pp

ISBN: 9781472448637

Oxford: Oxford University Press (Proceedings of the British Academy, 156) (2009) xxiv + 593 pp

ISBN: 9780197264423

Articles and Book Chapters

Rulership and metaphysics in late medieval central Anatolia: Qadi Burhan al-Din of Sivas and his Iksir al-Sa’adat

in A.C.S. Peacock and Sara Nur Yildiz (eds)

Islamic Literature and Intellectual Life in Fourteenth- and Fifteenth-Century Anatolia (Wurzburg: Ergon Verlag; Istanbuler Texte und Studien 34, 2016): 101-136.

Three Arabic letters from North Sumatra of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries

Indonesia and the Malay World 44/129 (2016): 188-210.

Imad al-Din al-Isfahani’s Nusrat al-Fatra, Seljuq politics and Ayyubid origins

in Robert Hillenbrand, A.C.S. Peacock and Firuza Abdullaeva (eds)

Ferdowsi, The Mongols and the History of Iran: Art Literature and Culture from Early Islam to Qajar Persia London: IB Tauris (2013): 79-91

The Ottomans and the Funj sultanate in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries

Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies 75 (2012): 87-111 ISBN: 9781784532390

Seljuq legitimacy in Islamic history

in Christian Lange and Songul Mecit (eds),The Seljuqs:  Politics, Society and Culture, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press (2011): 79-95

Sinop: a frontier city in Seljuq and Mongol Anatolia

Ancient Civilizations from Scythia to Siberia 16 (2010): 103-124

‘Utbi’s al-Yamini: patronage, composition and reception

Arabica54/iv (2007): 500-525

Georgia and the Anatolian Turks in the 12th and 13th centuries

Anatolian Studies 56 (2006): 127-146

The Turkmen of the Byzantine frontier and the Seljuq Sultanate of Rum, 1206-1279

al-Masaq27 (2014): 267-87

The economic relationship between the Ottoman Empire and Southeast Asia in the seventeenth century

in A.C.S. Peacock and Annabel Teh Gallop (eds), From Anatolia to Aceh: Ottomans, Turks and Southeast Asia, Oxford: Oxford University Press (Proceedings of the British Academy, 200) (2015): 63-88

An interfaith polemic of medieval Anatolia: Qadi Burhan al-Din of Ani on the Armenians and their heresies

in   A.C.S. Peacock, Bruno De Nicola and Sara Nur Yildiz (eds), Islam and Christianity in Medieval Anatolia, Farnham: Ashgate (2015): 233-61

Court historiography of the Seljuq Empire in Iran and Iraq: Reflections on content, authorship and language

Iranian Studies 47 (2014): 327-345

Court and nomadic life in Seljuq Anatolia

in David Durand-Guédy, Turko-Mongol Rulers, Cities and City Life, Leiden: Brill (2013): 191-222

Between Georgia and the Islamic world: the atabegs of Samc‘xe

in D. Beyazit (ed.), At the Crossroads of Empires: 14th-15th century Eastern Anatolia, Paris and Istanbul: De Boccard (2012) (Varia Anatolica 25): 49-70

Suakin: a northeast African port in the Ottoman empire

Northeast African Studies12/i (2012): 29-50

Early Persian historians and the heritage of pre-Islamic Iran

in Edmund Herzig and Sarah Stewart, The Idea of Iran, vol 5, Early Islamic Iran, London: I.B. Tauris (2011): 64-80

The enigma of ‘Aydhab: a medieval Islamic port on the Red Sea coast

with D. Peacock International Journal of Nautical Archaeology 37/i (2008): 32-48

Black Sea trade and the Islamic world down to the Mongol period

in G. Erkut and S. Mitchell (eds.), The Black Sea: Past, Present and Future, London and Istanbul: British Institute at Ankara and Istanbul Technical University (2007): 65-72

Ahmad of Nigde’s al-Walad al-Shafiq and the Seljuk past

Anatolian Studies54 (2004): 95-107

Sufis and the Seljuk court: politics and patronage in the works of Jalal al-Din Rumi and Sultan Walad

in A.C.S. Peacock and Sara Nur Yildiz (eds), The Seljuks of Anatolia: Court and Society in the Medieval Middle East, London: IB Tauris (2013): 206-26

From the Balkan-Kuhiyan to the Nawakiya: nomadic politics and the foundations of Seljuq rule in Anatolia

in Juergen Paul (ed.),Nomad Aristocrats in a World of Empires, Wiesbaden, Steiner Verlag (2013): 60-85

Advice for the sultans of Rum: the ‘mirrors for princes’ of early thirteenth-century Anatolia

in Bill Hickman and Gary Leiser (eds), Turkish Language, Literature and History: Travelers’ tales, sultans, and scholars since the eighth century(London: Routledge, 2016): 276-307

Khurasani historiography and identity as reflected in the Tarikh Wulat Khurasanand the Tarikh-i Harat

in A.C.S. Peacock and D.G. Tor (eds), Medieval Central Asia and the Persianate World (London, IB Tauris, 2015): 143-160

Cide and its region from Seljuk to Ottoman times

in Bleda S. Düring and Claudia Glatz (eds), Kinetic Landscapes. The Cide Archaeological Project: Surveying the Turkish Western Black Sea Region(Berlin: De Gruyter, 2015): 375-391.

Writing history: the Acehnese embassy to Istanbul, 1849-1852

with I.H. Kadi and Annabel Teh Gallop in R. Michael Feener, Patrick Daly and Anthony Reid (eds), Mapping the Acehnese Past,Leiden: KITLV (2011): 163-181, 259-278.

The Saljuq campaign against the Crimea and the expansionist policy of the early reign of ‘Ala’ al-Din Kayqubad

Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society3rd series, 16/ii (2006): 133-149

Georgia and the Anatolian Turks in the 12th and 13th centuries

Anatolian Studies 56 (2006): 127-146