Dr Abdul Rahman Azzam
With a BA and Dphil from Oxford University, Dr Azzam’s focus is on the development of Islamic thought from the medieval to the modern Muslim world and the interaction between traditional Islam and modernity. He is the author of Saladin (2008) and The Other Exile (2017).
Since 2007 Abdul Rahman has been working at Qatar Foundation where he has led several important cultural and educational projects. He was delegated by Sheikha Moza to lead and negotiate the partnership between The British Library and Qatar Foundation. The first phase of the partnership, signed in July 2012, created a state-of-the-art online portal of materials on Gulf History with over half a million documents digitised. Abdul Rahman also negotiated and launched the joint venture deal between Bloomsbury and Qatar Foundation to establish a regional publishing house. Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation was launched in the presence of HM Queen Elizabeth at Windsor in April 2010.