Paul Starkey

Paul Starkey

Professor Paul G. Starkey, a specialist in Arabic literature and culture, is Emeritus Professor at Durham University, Chairman of the Banipal Trust for Arab Literature, and until recently was Vice-President of the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES). His translation of The Book of the Sultan’s Seal by Youssef Rakha won the 2015 Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation, and his translation of The Shell by Mustafa Khalifa won a Sheikh Hamad Award for Translation and International Understanding in 2017. He was contributor to and joint editor of Travellers in Ottoman Lands: the botanical legacy (Archaeopress, 2018). In 2019 he will be finalising his monograph on Faris al-Shidyaq and a book on the modern Arabic novel.