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Peter Clark

Historical Consultant

Former cultural attach with the British Council, mostly in the Near East, Peter wrote Marmaduke Pickthall's biography Marmaduke Pickthall British Muslim in the 1980s and is fluent in Arabic, translating history and fiction from the Arabic. His book Istanbul Cities of the Imagination has just been published by Signal Books.

Short Biography

Peter Clark has been wandering around the Middle East since the early 1960s. He has lived and worked in eight Muslim countries as a teacher, promoter of cultural relations and tour consultant. He has translated eight books from Arabic to English (six fiction, two history). He has written books on Marmaduke Pickthall and Wilfred Thesiger and on Istanbul. His latest book, due out for the bicentenary of the birth of Charles Dickens is Dickens's London (published by bookHaus, London). he has also edited two volumes of Arabic short stories, The Lefties Guide to Britain and co-edited The Iraqi Marshlands: A Human and Environmental Study. He has also written articles about Marmaduke Pickthall.


Marmaduke Pickthall was a most significant figure in British and in Islamic history. He was a novelist, a translator of the Holy Koran, a Muslim by conversion who was rooted in a conservative English background, and a liberal interpreter of the Islamic heritage. His life and work are relevant to many issues of the present day.

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