Francisco Franco-Sánchez has a B.A. and Ph.D. in History from the UNED (Madrid). He is a Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies at the University of Alicante. He specializes in the history and culture of Islam during the classical and contemporary periods from the East to the Maghreb, the history of the Iberian Peninsula during the Islamic period, Islamic medicine, geography and cartography, Islamic popular religion, road etc. He is a founding member of ISIC-IVITRA. He has been the PI for several MIMECO projects and is a member of several research projects within ISIC-IVITRA (Prometeo/2009/042, ISIC/2012/022 and PrometeoII/2014/018). He is the author of seven books and two hundred articles. Among them, we could include Vías y defensas andalusíes en la Mancha Oriental (1995), Estudio de los espacios urbanos de la ciudad de Orihuela en el período islámico, Alicante (1989); Muḥammad Aš-Šafra. El médico y su época, Alicante (with Mª Sol Cabello García: 2004); Rábitas islámicas (1997), and La rábita en el islam. Estudios interdisciplinares (with Míkel de Epalza, 2004).