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William Montgomery Watt

Deceased Person from Scotland

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, and according to Carole Hillenbrand "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. Watt held visiting professorships at the University of Toronto, the Collège de France, and Georgetown University, and received  ( Wikipedia article )

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Personal facts

Date of birth
1909-03-14
Nationality
Scotland

Death

Date of death
2006-10-24
Place of death
Edinburgh

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