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School of Government & International Affairs

Visiting Fellows and Sir William Luce Papers

Fergus Nicoll

2013: Dā’irat al-Mahdī: Money, Faith and Politics in Sudan

by Fergus Nicoll

After working as a teacher in northern Sudan, Fergus Nicoll began his career with the BBC in 1988 with the African Service. He moved to the BBC's Cairo Bureau in 1992 and spent three years as a World Affairs Correspondent. In 1999-2000, he was Press Officer for Olara Otunnu, Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Children and Armed Conflict. From 2001-12, he was a freelance presenter on the BBC World Service radio programme The World Today. He is now Public Relations and Publications Manager at the Rift Valley Institute and in 2004, published a biography of the Mahdi of Sudan, The Sword of the Prophet:The Mahdi of Sudan and the Death of General Gordon. In September 2010, the Qasim Data Centre in Khartoum published Nicoll's Bibliography of the Mahdia.

2012: Sir William Luce in the Middle East

Dr M.W. Daly has published widely on the modern history of Egypt and the Sudan. He holds a B.A. (Hons.) degree in history from McGill University, M.A. from McGill's Institute of Islamic Studies, and Ph.D. in the history of the Near & Mdidle East from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London.

2011: How to Govern Darfur?

Dr James Morton is a freelance consultant whose work on Darfur started with six years in the region during the 1980s.

2010: 'From the MAHDIYYA to the SALVATION: Women's rights in  Sudanese laws' 

Dr. ASMA MOHAMED ABDEL HALIM is an Assistant Professor, Department of Women and Gender Studies, University of Toledo, Ohio

2009: 'Oil Development Induced Displacement in the Sudan'

Dr Leben Moro who is a Southern Sudanese scholar currently based at the Centre for Peace and Development Studies, University of Juba

2008:'Sudan: Political Transitions Past and Present'

Prof. Peter Woodward, University of Reading

2007 'The Humanism of Ina Beasley: Her Work and Life in British Sudan'

Dr Rogaia Mustafa Abusharaf, Brown University and Harvard School of Public Health

2006: 'Generational change and elite-driven reforms in the kingdom of Bahrain'

Dr. Steven Wright, Durham University,                                                                                                                                                        

Durham Middle East Papers, Sir William Luce Publication Series No.7

2005: 'Political Reform in the Gulf and the Arabian Peninsula: window Dressing, Heads-in-the-Sand, or Genuine Change?'

Dr Gerd Nonneman, University of Exeter
Durham Middle East Papers, Sir William Luce Publication Series No.6

2004:'The Emergence of Post-Traditional Oman'.

Dr John E. Peterson, Research Associate, International Institute for Strategic Studies, London
Durham Middle East Papers, Sir William Luce Publication Series No.5

2003:'The Arab Oil Weapon of 1973-74 as a Double-Edged Sword: Its Implications for Future Energy Security'.

Dr Robert R. Copaken
Durham Middle East Papers, Sir William Luce Publication Series No.4

2002: 'Traditional Subsistence Strategies in Oman: an Approach to an Understanding of Ancient Subsistence Strategies'

Professor Ali Tigani El Mahi, Sultan Qaboos University, Sultanate of Oman

2001:'The Cultural Dimensions of the Anglo-Iranian Relations'. 

Dr Mohaad Javad Nateghpour, University of Tehran
                                                                                                                                                                                            Durham Middle East Papers,
Sir William Luce Publication Series No.3

2000:'Organized Labor and Social Change in Contemporary Sudan'.

Professor Ahmad Alawad Sikainga, Ohio State University
Durham Middle East Papers, Sir William Luce Publication Series No.2

1999: 'The Making of the Modern UAE'

Dr Fatma Al-Sayegh, Chairperson, History Department, UAE University,

1998:  'The Contribution of 19th Century British Political Agents to the Understanding of Omani History, with Special Reference to Sir Charles Ross'

Dr Isam al-Rawas, Assistant Professor, Sultan Qaboos University, Sultanate of Oman.


1997: 'Khartoum: Past, Present and the Prospects for the future'

Dr Bushra el-Tayeb Babiker, Associate Professor, University of Khartoum
Durham Middle East Papers, Sir William Luce Publication Series No.1