Dr George E. Malagaris
Dr Malagaris specialises in the history of the medieval Islamic world with a focus on Central Asia. His current research investigates the Ghaznavid dynasty (977-1186) of Afghanistan and its subsequent reception in Central Asia, Iran, and India. He recently completed a monograph on the scientist and polymath al-Biruni (d. 1048). His upcoming book studies Sultan Mahmud of Ghazna (d. 1030) and his milieu, as historical reality and myth in European and Asian cultures.
Dr George Malagaris obtained his PhD and MA in History from Columbia University in the City of New York and his BA from the University of California, Berkeley. He has received training in language and material culture at The American University in Cairo, Middlebury College, The American Numismatic Society, Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, and Cambridge University. His affiliations have included the World History Association, the Islamic Manuscript Association, the British Institute of Persian Studies, and the Oxford Centre for Global History. He has helped coordinate the Centre’s academic relationship with the Al-Biruni Institute of Oriental Studies in Tashkent. Dr Malagaris continues at the Centre as a Research Fellow and Dean of Scholars.