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Durham University

School of Modern Languages & Cultures: Arabic Studies

Staff in the Department of Arabic

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Professor Daniel Newman, PhD London

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Professor / Director of Studies in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures
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

  • 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

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]:

Selected Publications

Authored book

Book review

Chapter in book

Conference Paper

Conference Proceeding

Journal Article

Translated Book

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

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Media Contacts

Available for media contact about:

  • Foreign Literature & Language: Arabic Language and Literature
  • Language, Literature & the Arts: Arab media
  • Politics & Society: Alterist Discourse: the West and the Arab World
  • Middle eastern and Islamic studies: Alterist Discourse: the West and the Arab World

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