Martin Hinds (10 April 1941; Penarth, Wales – 1 December 1988) was a scholar of the Middle East and historiographer of early Islam. He co-authored with Patricia Crone the book God's Caliph : Religious Authority in the First Centuries of Islam. Dr. Hinds interest in Islamic culture began as early as the year 1960 when he was a student of Arabic at the School of Oriental and African Studies where he developed a number of close friendships with scholars from North Africa. In the summer of 1962, he arrived in Tunisia and visited famous historic places there like the prominent Carthage, a suburb of Tunis that was the centre of the Carthaginian Empire in antiquity. He visited also famous Islamic Monuments like Al-Zaytuna Mosque. Built early in the eighth century AD is the oldest in the Capital of Tunisia and the second mosque to be built in Ifriqiya and the Maghreb region after the Mosque of Uqba in Al-Kairouan .Dr. Hinds also visited Al-Kairouan and its Mosque of Uqba . He was fascinated by Islamic Architecture and by the academic role of the Al-Zaytuna mosque which is known to host one of the first and greatest universities in the history of Islam.