Prof. James ALLAN D.Phil (Oxon) NADFAS

James Allan spent most of his working life in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, as curator of the Islamic collections. He set up the University’s graduate degree course in Islamic art and architecture, and became Keeper of the Museum’s Eastern Art Department, and Director of the Ashmolean Inter-faith Exhibition Service. From 2006 until his retirement in 2013, he was lecturing in Islamic art in the University’s Khalili Research Centre.

He has published numerous books and articles, particularly in the field of Islamic metalwork and ceramics. His most recent book was: “The art and architecture of Twelver Shi’ism: Iraq, Iran and the Indian Sub-continent”. He has served as President of the British Institute of Persian Studies, and is an Emeritus Fellow of St. Cross College.