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Gender MALE
Industry Publishing
Occupation Author/academic
Location Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Introduction M.A. in English, Trinity College, Dublin; MA in Persian, Arabic, and Islamic Studies, Edinburgh; PhD in Persian/Islamic Studies from Cambridge (King's College). 1979-80, taught Mohammed V University, Fez, Morocco. 1981-6, lecturer in Arabic and Islamic Studies, Newcastle. 1986, Honorary Fellow in Centre for ME & Islamic Studies, Durham. Has published extensively on Islam in Encyclopaedia of Islam, the Oxford Encyclopaedia of Islam in Modern World, Encyclopaedia Iranica, Penguin Handbook of Religions, journals, festschrifts, books, and has written several books, including The Sources for Babi History and Doctrine, & Rituals in Babism and Baha’ism, Islam in the Modern World (co-ed). September 2005, appointed Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Newcastle University. From 1984, principal career writing fiction, under pseudonyms Daniel Easterman (14 novels,international thrillers, several best-sellers, trans. 12+ languages. As Jonathan Aycliffe, has written a further 8 novels, all ghost stories See also:
Interests Study of Islam (mainly Shi'ism, Sufism, and Salafism), Babism/Baha'ism, pro-Israel activism, Portuguese music (Fado), complementary and alternative medicine (sociology and politics of)
Favorite Movies Metropolitan, Love Actually, Le Grand Meaulnes, Bladerunner, The Third Element, Betty Blue, Le Divorce, The Graduate, and anything with Carey Mulligan.
Favorite Music Almost anything in fado, especially by Misia, Camané, Katia Guerreiro, Aldina Duarte, Amália Rodrigues, Ricardo Ribeiro, Mariza, Joana Amendoeira, Dulce Pontes, Cristina Branco.
Favorite Books Far too many to list