Sami Zubaida is Emeritus Professor of Politics and Sociology at the University of London's Birkbeck College, and Research Associate at the Middle East Institute of SOAS (London). He has held visiting positions in Cairo, Istanbul, Aix-en-Provence, Berkeley, Paris, and was most recently Visiting Global Professor at the New York University Law School (2006).


Professor Zubaida's research and writing span religion, culture, law and politics in the Middle East - with particular regard to Egypt, Iran, Iraq and Turkey. His books include Islam, the People and the State (1993, to be re-issued in 2008); A Taste of Thyme: Culinary Cultures of the Middle East (co-edited with Richard Tapper, 2000); and Law and Power in the Islamic World, (2003).