Subject Arabic literature
|Name Daniel Newman|
|Occupation Writer, professor, University of Durham|
Notable awards Republic of Tunisia International Prize for Islamic Studies
Daniel newman pensacon 2017 interview
Daniel Lawrence Newman, PhD, (born 1963) is a British writer, scholar and translator of Arabic literature. Newman is currently the head of the Arabic department at the University of Durham and Director of the MA programme in English-Arabic Translation and Interpreting. He serves as a special advisor to the Islamic Criminal Justice Project at the Centre for Criminal Law & Justice, Durham Law School, and served as a member of council at the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies from 2008-2012.
Newman received his doctorate from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.
Newman’s research in Arabic studies centres on linguistics (phonetics and dialectology) and literature. He is a specialist on the 19th-century Nahda (Arab Renaissance) movement in Egypt and Tunisia and has published extensively on this topic. He is also involved in a long-term project on mediaeval Arabic erotic literature which will result in the edition and translation of original manuscripts.
Newman has translated several works of Arabic literature, both from the pre-modern and modern era. These include Takhlis al-Ibriz fi Talkhis Bariz by Rifa'a al-Tahtawi (under the title An Imam in Paris) and Modern Arabic Short Stories. In 2008, he was the co-recipient of the Republic of Tunisia International Prize for Islamic Studies for the book Muslim Women in Law and Society.
Since 2011, Newman has been cited as an expert on the Middle East for Al Jazeera and the Voice of America, among others.