Clifford Edmund Bosworth
Bosworth in 2011
Born29 December 1928
Sheffield, Yorkshire, England
Died28 February 2015(2015-02-28) (aged 86)
Yeovil, Somerset, England
Academic background
Academic advisorsVladimir Minorsky
Academic work
InstitutionsUniversity of Oxford
Main interestsIranian studies, Islamic studies, Arabic studies, Turkish studies

Clifford Edmund Bosworth FBA (29 December 1928 – 28 February 2015) was an English historian and Orientalist, specialising in Arabic and Iranian studies.


Bosworth was born on 29 December 1928 in Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire (now South Yorkshire). His father, Clifford Bosworth, clerked for Board of Guardians before working for Ministry of Pensions and National Insurance. His mother was Gladys Constance Gregory. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in modern history from St John's College, Oxford, before achieving an MA in Middle Eastern studies and PhD degrees from the University of Edinburgh.[1][2]

Before attending the University of Edinburgh, he worked for the Department of Agriculture for Scotland. There he met Annette Ellen Todd, and they were married in Edinburgh on 19 September 1957. The couple went on to have three daughters.[1]

He held permanent posts at the University of St Andrews, the University of Manchester and the Center for the Humanities at Princeton University. He was visiting professor at the University of Exeter, where he held the post from 2004. Bosworth died on 28 February 2015 in Yeovil, Somerset.[1]


Bosworth was the author of hundreds of articles in academic journals and composite volumes. His other contributions included nearly 200 articles in the Encyclopaedia of Islam and some 100 articles in the Encyclopædia Iranica, as well as articles for Encyclopædia Britannica and Encyclopedia Americana. He was the chief editor of the Encyclopaedia of Islam and a consulting editor of Encyclopædia Iranica.[3]




  1. ^ a b c Netton, Ian Richard (10 January 2019). "Bosworth, (Clifford) Edmund(1928–2015)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. doi:10.1093/odnb/9780198614128.013.111800. ISBN 978-0-19-861412-8. Retrieved 31 March 2020.
  2. ^ Bosworth, Clifford Edmund (1961). "The transition from Ghaznavid to Seljuq rule in the Islamic East".
  3. ^ "Notice: Clifford Edmund Bosworth, 1928–2015". British Institute of Persian Studies. Archived from the original on 11 March 2015. Retrieved 10 March 2015.