Dr. Gavin Picken is a professor at the College of Islamic Studies. He previously taught at the School of Oriental and African Studies, the Universities of Edinburgh and Cambridge, and the American University of Sharjah.
Dr. Picken’s specialization and research focus is classical Islamic literature in Arabic, within the evolution of Muslim intellectual history. More specifically he focuses on Islamic Mysticism, or Sufism, in both its historical context and contemporary expression.
He has authored several articles and chapters on Islamic law, Sufism, and the translation of Islamic literature. He is the author of Spiritual Purification in Islam: The Life and Works of Al-Muhasibi (London; New York: Routledge, 2011) and the editor of a four-volume compendium of selected articles titled Islamic Law (London; New York: Routledge, 2010).
College of Islamic StudiesAug 2018 - Present
Department of Arabic and Translation Studies, American University of SharjahAug 2017 - Aug 2018
Department of Arabic and Translation Studies, American University of SharjahAug 2011 - Aug 2017
Department of Arabic and Translation Studies, American University of SharjahAug 2007 - Aug 2011
Department of the Near and Middle East, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of LondonOct 2003 - Aug 2007
University of Leeds2005
University of Leeds2000
University Brunei Darussalam, Brunei1998
International Islamic University of Medina1996
Manchester Metropolitan University1991
Arabic Translation Across Discourses. London, New York: Routledge. [ISBN: 978-1-13829-816-3].2018
The Sunna and Status in Islamic Law: The Search for a Sound Hadith. Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan. 139-62. [ISBN: 978-1-13737-645-9].2015
In Kendall, E., & Stein, E. (Eds.), Twenty First Century Jihad: Law, Society and Military Action. London: I.B. Taurus. 126-38. [ISBN: 978-1-78076-916-5].2015
In Almanna, A., Carbonell, O., & Faiq, S. (Eds.), Culguage in/of Translation from Arabic. LINCOM Studies in Translation 07. Munich: LINCOM GmbH. 154-78. [ISBN: 978-3-86228-584-8].2014
In Martensson, U., Bailey, J., Ringrose, P., & Dyrendal, A. (Eds.), Fundamentalism in the Modern World, 2 vols. London: I. B. Tauris. Vol. 2. 237-63. [ISBN: 978-1-84885-361-4].2011
The I.B. Tauris Biographical Dictionary of Islamic Civilization. London: I.B. Taurus. [ISBN: 978-1-84885-311-9].2019
An Encyclopedia of the Prophet of God. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO. Vol. 1, 365-9. [ISBN: 978-1-61069-177-2].2014
Thought and Culture: An Encyclopedia of the Prophet of God. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO. Vol. 2, 542-8. [ISBN: 978-1-61069-177-2].2014
I. R. (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Islamic Civilization and Religion. New York: Routledge. [ISBN: 978-0-7007-1588-6]2007