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).