Mahmoud Hawari

Curator for the Islamic Collections of the Middle East

Department: Middle East 


+44(0) 207 3238320

Dr. Hawari is a curator responsible for the Islamic collections, in particular the Arab World and Turkey.

He obtained his MA and PhD degrees in Islamic art and archaeology at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. His PhD was on “Ayyubid Jerusalem (1187-1250): an Architectural and Archaeological Study”. His primary research interests are concerned with Islamic archaeology, art and architecture, including the material culture, such as ceramics, coins and Arabic epigraphy. He is particularly interested in the phenomenon of the Umayyad ‘desert palaces’ (qusur) in the Levant. He has worked extensively on projects in the Middle East, including Turkey.

Current projects

Previous projects

  • Zeugma Archaeological Project, Turkey, Senior Research Manager; Oxford Archaeology 2001-02
  • ‘Islamic Art in the Mediterranean’, co-ordinator, co-author; Museum With No Frontiers, Vienna/ Madrid 1997-2000

External fellowships/ honorary positions/ membership of professional bodies

  • Research Associate, the Khalili Research Centre, University of Oxford

Recent publications


M. Hawari, Pilgrimage, Sciences and Sufism, Islamic Art in the West Bank and Gaza, (Palestinian Authority and Museum With No Frontiers, Electa, al-Faris). Vienna and Amman 2004 (co-editor with N. Jubeh, and Y. Natsheh). ISBN 1-874044-42-2

M. Hawari, Ayyubid Jerusalem (1187-1250): an Architectural and Archaeological Study, (BAR International Series 1628, Archaeopress), Oxford, 2007 (ISBN 978-1407300429).

Chapters and articles

M. Hawari, '"Capturing the Castle": Archaeology, Architecture and Political Bias at the Citadel of Jerusalem', Jerusalem Quarterly, Autumn 2013, Issue 55, 46-67.

M. Hawari, ‘The Ceramic Oil Lamps’, In W. Aylward (ed.) Zeugma 2000: The Rescue Excavations. The Packard Humanities Institute, Los Angeles, 2013, Chapter 5, 176 – 201, Pls. 76 – 109.

M. Hawari, 'Ayyubid Coins', In S. Cohen (ed.) Excavations at Tel Zahara (2006 -2009): Final Report, BAR International Series 2554, 2013, 97 - 102

M. Hawari, ‘Four pieces of Islamic marbles', In A. Chambon (ed.) Gaza From Sand and Sea: Vol. 1, Art and History in the Jawdat al-Khoudary Collection, Gaza, 2012

M. Hawari, ‘The Ayyubid Period (1187 – 1250): New Architectural and Archaeological Discoveries’, In G. Avni and K. Galor (eds.) Unearthing Jerusalem: 150 Years of Archaeological Research in the Holy City, Eisenbrauns, 2011, pp. 453 – 473.

M. Hawari, ‘Landscape Archaeological Survey at Khirbat al-Mafjar – 2009 and 2010’, Bulletin of the Council for British Research in the Levant, vol. 5, 2010, 22 – 34

M. Hawari, 'The Citadel of Jerusalem: A Case Study in the Cultural Appropriation of Archaeology in Palestine,' Present Pasts, vol. 2, No. 1, 2010, 88 – 94

M. Hawari, ‘Ayyubid Monuments’, In R. Hillenbrand and S. Auld (eds.) Ayyubid Jerusalem, The Holy City in Context 1187-1250, al-Tajir World of Islam, London, 2009, Chapter 12, 216-275

M. Hawari, ‘The Excavation of a Post-Medieval Mill Race at Greenham Mill, Newbury, Berkshire’, The Berkshire Archaeological Journal, Vol. 77 (2004-2008), 47-54

M. Hawari, 'Bayt al-Hawwari, a hawsh House in Sabastiya', Levant 37 (2005), 57-80 (co-author with M. Burgoyne)

M. Hawari, 'Bait ‘Ur al-Fauqa: A Medieval and Ottoman Village on the Ancient Road between Jerusalem and the Coastal Plain', Levant 36(2004), 251-270

M. Hawari, 'Islamic Art in the Mediterranean'. Islamic Art in the Mediterranean. International Museum With No Frontiers Exhibition Cycles, co-author, 2000-04

M. Hawari, 'Khan al-Lubban, a Caravansarai on the Damascus-Jerusalem Road'. Levant 33, 2001, 7-20

M. Hawari, 'The Citadel (Qal’a) in the Ottoman Period: An Overview'. In R. Hillenbrand and S. Auld. (eds.) Ottoman Jerusalem, the Living City 1517-1917, Chapter 32, al-Tajir World of Islam Trust, London

M. Hawari, 'Qal’at al-Burak: A Fort of the Ottoman Period South of Bethlehem'. Levant 32 (2000), 101-119 (co-author)

M. Hawari, 'An Arabic Inscription From Tanturah (Dor)'. Levant 31 (1999), 112 - 114