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Paul Starkey is Professor of Arabic at Durham University. He read Arabic and Persian Language and literature at Oxford University. He has published From the Ivory Tower: A Critical Study of Tawfiq Hakim, and was a co-editor of the Encyclopedia of Arabic Literature.
He has translated a number of works by contemporary Arab authors including Dear Mr Kawabata by Rachid al-Daif (Quartet, 2000), Stones of Bobello by Edwar al-Kharrat (Saqi, 2005) for the European Cultural Foundation’s publishing project Mémoires de la Méditerranée, Turki al-Hamad’s Shumaisi (Saqi, 2005), Mansoura Ez-Eldin's Maryam's Maze and parts of Samuel Shimon's An Iraqi in Paris.
He is a contributing editor of Banipal. He is currently working on a study of the Egyptian ‘generation of the sixties’.