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Prof. François de Blois

Prof. François de Blois

Affiliated Researcher, Ancient India & Iran Research Programe


François de Blois has published widely on Semitic and Iranian languages and on the history of religions in the Near East in pre-modern times. Notably, he contributed to the multi-volume work entitled Persian Literature, which had been initiated by C.A. Literature, which had been initiated by C.A. Storey and published by the Royal Asiatic Society.

He served as Professor of Iranian Studies at Hamburg University from 2002 to 2003. Currently he is a research fellow at University College London where he is engaged in a major project on al-Biruni’s Chronology and other Arabic texts on non-Islamic calendars.  

He is also a teaching fellow for Aramaic and Middle Iranian languages at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He has been a frequent contributor to the Encyclopaedia of Islam

Subject groups/Research projects

Arabic & Persian Studies:

Key Publications

'Islam in its Arabian context.' In: Neuwirth, A. and Sinai, N. and Marx, M., (eds.), The Qur'ān in context: historical and literary investigations into the Qur'ānic milieu. Leiden: Brill, pp. 615-623, 2010.

'Du nouveau sur la chronologie bactrienne post-hellénistique: l’ère de 223 ap. J.-C.' Comptes rendus des séances de l'Académie des Inscriptions & Belles-Lettres, 150 (2). pp. 991-997, 2006.

'Elchasai - Manes - Muhammad. Manichäismus und Islam in religionshistorischem Vergleich.' Der Islam, 81 (1). pp. 31-48, 2004.