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Durham University

Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS)

Staff and Governance

Core Staff

The day-to-day running of IMEMS is the responsibility of the Core Executive Committee, comprising the Director and Associate Directors and the Administrator. 

Professor Daniel Newman, PhD London

Personal web page

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

Contact Professor Daniel Newman (email at

Indicators of Esteem

  • 2014: Visiting Professor, UCLA (March-September):
  • 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]:

Research Groups

School of Modern Languages and Cultures

  • Translation/Linguistics/Pedagogy

Research Interests

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

Selected Publications

Authored book

Book review

Chapter in book

  • 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 19th-century North African Travel Literature. 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. (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.

Conference Paper

Conference Proceeding

Journal Article

Translated Book

  • Newman, Daniel (trans.) (Forthcoming). Sensual Delights of the Heart: A Tale of Mediaeval Arab Erotica . Saqi Books

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Full Executive Committee

Our Full Executive Committee is made up of the Core Executive Committee, listed above, plus a number of executive members including:

International Advisory Board

We are extremely fortunate to have be able to call on the help and guidance of colleagues from around the world who help to shape and guide our direction, strategy and international reach. Our current Advisory Board members are: