Senior Research Fellow
M.A. and PhD from Cambridge University
Research Interests: The history of Arabic studies and, more generally, of orientalism in Europe in the early modern period, with a special emphasis on the Arabic-speaking Christians; and religious non-conformism in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Europe (especially in Spain, Italy and the Low Countries). A theme which has always fascinated him and which he introduces into most of his work is the fluctuating process of gathering and transmitting knowledge, the different means of evaluating sources (especially forgeries and apocrypha), and the illusions resulting from misinterpretation.