Alexander Khaleeli



College: College of Social Sciences and International Studies
Research Centre/Unit: Centre for the Study of Islam

Alexander Khaleeli is an AHRC SWWDTP-funded PhD researcher at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies. His research focuses on the religious history of Iran in the 14th and 15th centuries, particularly the development of Twelver Shi’ism as a minority faith before its adoption by the Safavid Dynasty as their imperial creed. 

Prior to commencing his doctoral studies, Alexander was a visiting lecturer in Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Roehampton, and a translator of Arabic and Persian texts. He has produced work for the International Committee of the Red Cross, the National Museum of Qatar, and the Institute of Ismaili Studies, London. His translation of a 13th-century Arabic text on pedagogy, The Desire of the Aspirant, has been published by ICAS Press, and his multi-volume translation of a 16th-century Persian commentary on the Qur’an, The Rarefied Exegesis, is due to be published in late 2020.