Professor Robert Hoyland takes us on a journey through time to discover the ancient Arabian Peninsula, evidencing a much more multi-cultural and cosmopolitan world than what it is often imagined.


Robert G. Hoyland is a scholar and historian, specializing in the medieval history of the Middle East.  He is currently Professor of Late Antique and Early Islamic Middle Eastern History at New York University’s Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, having previously been Professor of Islamic history at the University of Oxford’s Faculty of Oriental Studies and a Professor of history at the University of St. Andrews and UCLA.

Hoyland’s best-known academic work Seeing Islam as Others Saw It is a contribution to early Islamic historiography, being a survey of non-Muslim eyewitness accounts of that period. Hoyland also received much attention with his work In God’s Path: The Arab Conquests and the Creation of an Islamic Empire (2014) in which he questions the traditional Islamic view of the Early Muslim conquests. 

This podcast is part of Converging Paths, a partnership with Asia House, kindly supported by the Altajir Trust, and the Aga Khan Trust for Culture’s Education Programme.