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School of Modern Languages & Cultures

Current Postgraduate Students

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

Contact Professor Daniel Newman (email at daniel.newman@durham.ac.uk)

Selected Publications

Books: authored

Edited works: contributions

  • 2015 'Rifa'a al-Tahtawi', in Martin, Richard C., Afsaruddin, Asma & Varisco, Daniel M. (eds.), Encyclopedia of Islam and The Muslim World, Macmillan, pp. 1178-1179
  • 2015 'Translation Activity and Academies, Pre-modern Period', in Martin, Richard C., Afsaruddin, Asma & Varisco, Daniel M. (eds.), Encyclopedia of Islam and The Muslim World, Macmillan, pp. 1171-1175
  • 2015 'Translation Activity, Modern Period (19th c.)', in Martin, Richard C., Afsaruddin, Asma & Varisco, Daniel M. (eds.), Encyclopedia of Islam and The Muslim World, Macmillan, pp. 1175-1183

Essays in edited volumes

  • Accepted ''Hell for horses, paradise for women': power and identity in 19th-century North African Travel Literature', in Mackenthun, Gesa, Nicolas, Andrea & Wodianka, Stephanie (eds.), Travel, Agency, and the Circulation of Knowledge, Waxmann.
  • Forthcoming 'Arabic Travel Writing', in Das, Nandini & Youngs, Tim (eds.), The Cambridge History of Travel Writing, Cambridge University Press.
  • 2013 'The Arabic Literary Language: the Nahda (and beyond)', in Jonathan Owens (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Arabic Linguistics, Oxford University Press, pp. 472-494
  • 2008 'Myths and signs of alienation between 19th-century rihlat and Europe', in Ostle, Robin (ed.), Sensibilities of the Islamic Mediterranean: Self expression in a Muslim Culture from post-classical times to the present day, I.B. Tauris, pp. 85-102
  • 2005 'Contrastive Analysis of the Segments of French and Arabic', in Elgibali, A. (ed.), Investigating Arabic: Current Parameters in Analysis and Learning, Brill, pp. 185-206

Translated: Book

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

Books: reviews

Journal papers: academic

Conference papers

Edited works: conference proceedings

Journal papers: online

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Research Interests

  • Arabic diachronic linguistics
  • Arabic geographical and travel literature (with special focus on Arab travellers to Europe)
  • Erolotogy 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]:

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 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

Supervises