Prof. Charles Burnett

Warburg Institute London

E-mail: charles.burnett(at)

  Curriculum vitae
Charles Burnett has been Professor of the History of Islamic Influences in Europe at the Warburg Institute, University of London, since 1999. He received his MA and PhD from Cambridge University, and has been a Member of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, a Leverhulme Research Fellow at the University of Sheffield, a Distinguished Visiting Professor in Medieval Studies in the University of California at Berkeley and Visiting Professor at the Ludwig Maximilian Universität, Munich (2009).
His work has centred on the transmission of Arabic science and philosophy to Western Europe, which he has documented by editing and translating several texts that were translated from Arabic into Latin, and by describing the historical and cultural context of the translations. A major project on which he has been engaged for several years with Keiji Yamamoto of Kyoto is the edition of the major Arabic texts on astrology in the Middle Ages, accompanied by English translations and editions of the medieval Latin translations. His interest in Japan has led him investigate the impact of Jesuit education in Japan in the late sixteenth century, and the use of Japanese themes in Latin drama in Europe in the seventeenth century.
  Wichtigste Publikationen:
  • Hermann of Carinthia, De essentiis, critical edition, translation and commentary, Leiden 1982;
  • Pseudo-Bede, De mundi celestis terrestrisque constitutione: a Treatise on the Universe and the Soul, edition, translation and commentary (Warburg Institute Surveys and Texts 10), London 1985;
  • Adelard of Bath: An English Scientist and Arabist of the Early Twelfth Century (Warburg Institute Surveys and Texts 14), London 1987;
  • (with A. al-Hamdi) Zadanfarrukh al-Andarzaghar on Anniversary Horoscopes, in: Zeitschrift für Geschichte der arabisch–islamischen Wissenschaften 7 (1991/2), pp. 294–398;
  • Glosses and Commentaries on Aristotelian Logical Texts: the Syriac, Arabic and Medieval Latin Traditions, ed. C. Burnett (Warburg Institute Surveys and Texts 23), London 1993;
  • Constantine the African and ‘Ali ibn al-‘Abbas al-Magusi: the Pantegni and Related Texts, ed. C. Burnett and D. Jacquart, Leiden 1994;
  • (with Masahiro Takenaka), Jesuit Plays on Japan and English Recusancy (Renaissance Monographs 21) Tokyo 1995;
  • Magic and Divination in the Middle Ages: Texts and Techniques in the Islamic and Christian Worlds (Variorum Collected Studies Series, CS 557), Aldershot 1996;
  • Hildegard of Bingen: the Context of Her Thought and Art, edited by C. Burnett and P. Dronke (Warburg Institute Colloquia 4), London 1998;
  • (with Tony Lévy) Sefer ha-Middot: a Mid-Twelfth-Century Text on Arithmetic and Geometry Attributed to Abraham Ibn Ezra, in: Aleph 6 (2006), pp. 57-238;
  • Ibn Baklarish’s Book of Simples: Medical Recipes between Three Faiths, ed. Charles Burnett, London 2008;
  • Continuities and Disruptions between the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, eds Charles Burnett, José Meirinhos and Jacqueline Hamesse, Louvain-la-Neuve 2008;
  • Arabic into Latin in the Middle Ages: The Translators and their Intellectual and Social Context (Variorum Collected Studies Series), Farnham 2009;
  • Numerals and Arithmetic in the Middle Ages (Variorum Collected Studies Series), Farnham 2010;
  • Islam and Tibet: Interactions along the Musk Routes, eds Anna Akasoy, Charles Burnett and Ronit Yoeli-Tlalim, Farnham 2011.