Vice Chancellor's Research Fellow, Northumbria University, Newcastle

Peter is a historian of the modern Middle East, specialising in the Arab world in the long nineteenth century. His research focusses on political thought and practice, the politics of religion, and translation and intercultural exchanges. He also has a strong interest in comparative and global history.

Peter's first book, Utopia and Civilisation in the Arab Nahda, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2020. He has published a number of articles on translation and political thought in the Middle East, in journals such as Past & Present, the Journal of Arabic Literature, and Intellectual History Review.

He has written on contemporary Arab politics for venues such as the Oxford Left Review, the Oxonian Review and Muftah magazine, and presented his research on the Ottoman History Podcast. Further details at


  • 2016–2019
    Junior Research Fellow, Christ Church, University of Oxford


  • 2016 
    University of Oxford, DPhil in Oriental Studies