Professor of the History of South Asia at the University of London, Francis Robinson (Trinity College, Cambridge PhD, 1970), is one of the most prominent and influential voices among Western scholars of Muslim history and Islam in India. His research on Islam and Muslim history in South Asia focuses on Muslim responses to modernity, learned and holy families and their textual traditions, and religious and political change. His interest in the Muslim world, however, is not confined to the Indian subcontinent, but spans a much wider geographical region and discursive landscape.
The Mellon Islamic Studies Initiative is a three-year project, designed to support the expansion and enhancement of the study of Islam at the University of Chicago. Administered by the Divinity School, the initiative is a cross-divisional collaboration, intended to create a sustained campus conversation about the future of Islamic studies.
Funded by a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the initiative brings to the University distinguished visiting scholars representing a wide range of topics in Islamic Studies, resulting in a substantive, sustained discussion about both specific topics in Islamic studies and the wider field of study.