Paul Starkey

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Paul Starkey is a British scholar and translator of Arabic literature.[1] He received his doctorate from Oxford University; the subject of his dissertation was the works of the Egyptian writer Tawfiq Hakim.[2] He is currently the head of the Arabic department at the University of Durham.[3] He is also co-director of the Centre for Advanced Study of the Arab World (CASAW), a collaborative project by the Universities of Edinburgh, Durham and Manchester.

Starkey is the author of Modern Arabic Literature (2006), a survey of the field. He has also edited a number of books, contributed book chapters, and written essays, scholarly articles and monographs. He is a specialist on the Sixties Generation of Egyptian writers, in particular Sonallah Ibrahim and Edwar al-Kharrat.

Starkey has translated several contemporary Arabic novels, including works by Edwar al-Kharrat and Mansoura Ez-Eldin. His translations have been published in Banipal magazine. He has also served on the judging panel of the Arabic Booker Prize.


As author[edit]

  • Modern Arabic Literature (2006)

As editor[edit]

  • Egypt Through the Eyes of Travellers, 2002 (co-edited with Nadia El Kholy)
  • Interpreting the Orient: Travellers in Egypt and the Near East, vol 2, 2001 (with Janet Starkey)
  • Unfolding the Orient: Travellers in Egypt and the Near East, 2001 (with Janet Starkey)
  • Encyclopedia of Arabic Literature (two volumes), 1998 (with Julie Scott Meisami)
  • Travellers in Egypt, 1998 (with Janet Starkey)

As translator[edit]

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