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Professor Daniel Newman, PhD London

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 43412
Room number: A8, Elvet Riverside I
Special Advisor to the Islamic Criminal Justice Project in the Centre for Criminal Law & Justice

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Research Groups

School of Modern Languages and Cultures

  • Translation/Linguistics/Pedagogy

Research Interests

  • Arabic geographical and travel literature (with special focus on Arab travellers to Europe)
  • Erotology and sexuality in the mediaeval Muslim world
  • History of Translation in the Arab world
  • Mediaeval Arab food
  • The Tunisian and Egyptian Nahda movements

Teaching Areas

  • Arabic-English Business&Technical Translation (MA in Arabic-English and Interpreting Translation)

  • Arabic-English Interpreting (MA in Arabic-English Translation and Interpreting)

  • Arabic-English Legal Translation (MA in Arabic-English Translation and Interpreting)

  • Contrastive Linguistics (MA in Arabic-English Translation and Interpreting)

  • Literature of the 19th Century Arabic 'Nahda' (Year 4)

  • Arabic Literature (Year 2)
  • Arabic-English General Translation Practica (MA in Arabic-English Translation and Interpreting)
  • Arabic-English translation (Year 4)
  • Specialised translation (Year 4)
  • Translation Theory (Year 4)

Selected Publications

Authored book

Edited book

Chapter in book

  • Newman, Daniel L. (Accepted). Rifa' al-Tahtawi. In Christian-Muslim Relations. A Bibliographical History. Ottoman empire (1800-1914). Tieszen, C. Brill. 18.
  • Newman, Daniel (2018). Arabic Travel Writing. In The Cambridge History of Travel Writing. Nandini, Das & Youngs, Tim Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 143-158.
  • Newman, Daniel (2018). Wandering Nights: Shahrazād’s Mutations. In The Life of Texts: Evidence in Textual Production, Transmission and Reception. Caruso, Carlo London: Bloomsbury. 62-92.
  • Newman, Daniel (2017). 'Hell for horses, paradise for women': power and identity in nineteenth-century North African narratives of travel to Europe. In Travel, Agency, and the Circulation of Knowledge. Mackenthun, Gesa, Nicolas, Andrea & Wodianka, Stephanie Waxmann. 183-200.
  • Newman, Daniel L. (2015). Rifa'a al-Tahtawi. In Encyclopedia of Islam and The Muslim World. Martin, Richard C., Afsaruddin, Asma & Varisco, Daniel M. Macmillan. 1178-1179.
  • Newman, Daniel L. (2015). Translation Activity and Academies, Pre-modern Period. In Encyclopedia of Islam and The Muslim World. Martin, Richard C., Afsaruddin, Asma & Varisco, Daniel M. Macmillan. 1171-1175.
  • Newman, Daniel L. (2015). Translation Activity, Modern Period (19th c.). In Encyclopedia of Islam and The Muslim World. Martin, Richard C., Afsaruddin, Asma & Varisco, Daniel M. Macmillan. 1175-1183.
  • Newman, Daniel. (2013). The Arabic Literary Language: the Nahda (and beyond). In The Oxford Handbook of Arabic Linguistics. Jonathan Owens Oxford University Press. 472-494.
  • Newman, Daniel (2008). Myths and signs of alienation between 19th-century rihlat and Europe. In Sensibilities of the Islamic Mediterranean: Self expression in a Muslim Culture from post-classical times to the present day. Ostle, Robin London: I.B. Tauris. 85-102.
  • Newman, Daniel. (2006). Arab Muslim Minorities in the European Union: The Integration Paradigm. In Ibn Zaydun: Islamic Civilization and the West. From Opposition to Partnership. al-Baljali, Mahmud & Jaber, Adnan Cordoba: Al-Babtain Foundation. 4: 269-348.
  • Newman, Daniel. (2005). Contrastive Analysis of the Segments of French and Arabic. In Investigating Arabic: Current Parameters in Analysis and Learning. Elgibali, A. Leiden: Brill. 42: 185-206.

Journal Article

Book review

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Media Contacts

Available for media contact about:

  • Foreign Literature & Language: Arabic Language and Literature
  • Middle eastern and Islamic studies: Alterist Discourse: the West and the Arab World
  • Politicial, cultural, social history: Food history


Indicators of Esteem

  • 2019: Vice-President of the British Association of Teachers of Arabic:
  • 2014: Visiting Professor, UCLA :
  • 2009: co-recipient of World Award of the President of the Republic of Tunisia for Islamic Studies:
  • AHRC Peer Review College member (2009-2012):
  • Member of Council, British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (2009-2012):
  • Member of the Executive Committee of the University Council of Modern Languages (UCML) [2008-12]:

Selected Grants

  • 2010: Leverhulme Research Fellowship (£44,507) for 12 months to conduct research on "Rifa'a al-Tahtawi and the Politics of Language".
  • 2008: British Academy Overseas Conference grant
  • 2007: British Academy research grant (£7,500) for fieldwork relating to pharyngealisation in the Arabic dialects of Egypt, Tunisia and Oman