William Montgomery Watt Author

William Montgomery Watt (14 March 1909 – 24 October 2006) was a Scottish historian, an Emeritus Professor in Arabic and Islamic Studies at the University of Edinburgh. Watt was one of the foremost non-Muslim interpreters of Islam in the West, was an enormously influential scholar in the field of Islamic studies and a much-revered name for many Muslims all over the world." Watt's comprehensive biography of the Islamic prophet, Muhammad, Muhammad at Mecca (1953) and Muhammad at Medina (1956), are considered to be classics in the field. Watt, whose father died when he was only 14 months old, was born in Ceres, Fife, Scotland. Watt was a priest of the Scottish Episcopal Church, and was Arabic specialist to the Anglican Bishop of Jerusalem from 1943-46. He became a member of the ecumenical Iona Community in Scotland in 1960. He was Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies at the University of Edinburgh from 1964-79. The Islamic press have called him "the Last Orientalist". He died in Edinburgh on 24 October 2006 at the age of 97.

Personal details

Date of birth
March 14th, 1909
Date of death
October 24th, 2006 at age of 97
Place of death
Edinburgh, Scotland


1. University of Edinburgh Colleges/University

The University of Edinburgh, founded in 1583, is a public research university located in Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The university is deeply embedded in the fabric of the city, with many of the buildings in the historic Old Town belonging to the university. Edinburgh receives approximately 47,000 applications every year, making it the third most popular university in the UK by volume of applicants. Entrance is intensely competitive, with 12 applications per place in the last admissions cycle. It was the fourth university to be established in Scotland and the 6th in the United Kingdom, and is regarded as one of the most prestigious universities in the world. The university is ranked the top rated in Scotland and the 6th and 7th in Europe according to the 2011 QS and Times Higher Education Ranking Globally, the 2011 QS rankings placed the university 20th in the world. It is the only Scottish university to be a member of both the elite Russell Group, and the League of European Research Universities, a consortium of 21 of Europe's most prominent and renowned research universities.

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Type Public university
2012. 238 mil. £
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Old College, South Bridge, EH8 9YL - Edinburgh, Scotland
2013. 21,677
2010. 19,106
2013. 11,191
2010. 9,868
Acceptance rate
2012. 11.5 %
Local tuition
2013. 1.82 K £
Official web page www.ed.ac.uk
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Written work

1.Introduction to the Qur'ān

Editions Subjects Co-authors
1953. at Edinburgh
1970. at Edinburgh
1977. at Edinburgh

2.The cure for human troubles

Editions Subjects Co-authors
1959. by Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge at London

3.Islamic philosophy and theology

Editions Subjects Co-authors
1962. at Edinburgh
1985. at Edinburgh (175 pages)

4.Al Ghazali the Muslim Intellectual

Editions Subjects Co-authors
1963. at Edinburgh

5.Truth in the religions

Editions Subjects Co-authors
1963. at Edinburgh (190 pages)

6.Islamic revelation in the modern world

Editions Subjects Co-authors
1969. at Edinburgh (143 pages)

7.The influence of Islam on Medieval Europe

Editions Subjects Co-authors
1972. at Edinburgh (125 pages)

8.Islam and the integration of society

Editions Subjects Co-authors
1983. at Boston

9.Muslim Christian encounters

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1991. at New York City


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