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Dr John Slight

Subject groups/Research projects

World History:

Research Interests

The Red Sea, its surrounding littorals and this area's links with Britain since c.1850

Arabia and the greater Middle East during the First World War

The relationship between British imperialism and Islamic religious practices

Future projects include the European co-operation and Islam, the history of Perim (Mayyun) island at the foot of the Red Sea, and British imperial policies and the expansion of Islam

Teaching

  • Part I, Paper 21: Empires and World History, c.1400-1914
  • Part I, Paper 23: World History since 1914
  • Part II dissertations on Middle Eastern and British imperial history
  • Historical Argument and Practice
  • MPhil World History

Other Professional Activities

  • Co-founder and co-convenor of the Cambridge Middle East History Group 2011-2016
  • Research Consultant for British Museum's 2012 exhibition Hajj: Journey to the Heart of Islam (140,000 visitors)
  • Member of Advisory Board for British Museum's 2012 exhibition Hajj: Journey to the Heart of Islam

Keywords

  • Imperial History

Key Publications

  • The British Empire and the Hajj, 1865-1956 (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2015)
  • Winner of the Trevor Reese Memorial Prize in Imperial history 
  • https://commonwealth.sas.ac.uk/about-us/news/trevor-reese-memorial-prize-awarded-british-empire-and-hajj

Other Publications

  • 'Global War and the Gulf States, 1914-1918', War and Society (2018)

  • 'British colonial knowledge and the Hajj', in U. Ryad (ed.), Europe and the Hajj in the age of empire (Leiden: Brill, 2016)
  • 'Pilgrimage to Mecca by British converts to Islam in the interwar period', in R. Natvig and I. Flaskerud (eds.), Muslim Pilgrimage in Europe (Farnham: Ashgate, 2017)
  • 'British Imperial rule and the Hajj', in D. Motadel (ed.), Islam and the European Empires (Oxford: The Past and Present Series, Oxford University Press, 2014), 53-72
  • 'British understandings of the Sanussiyya Sufi order’s jihad against Egypt, 1915-17', The Round Table, 2014, 103:2, 233-242, republished in A. Jackson (ed.), The British Empire and the First World War (London: Routledge, 2015)
  • 'The Hajj and the Raj: from Thomas Cook to Bombay's Protector of Pilgrims', in V. Porter and L. Saif (eds.), Hajj: Collected Essays (London: British Museum Research Publications, 2013), 115-121
  • 'Early photographers of the Hajj' and 'Hajj Travel Narratives' in V. Porter, (ed.), Hajj: Journey to the Heart of Islam (London: The British Museum Press, 2012), 208, 282-3
  • 'British and Somali views of Muhammad Abdullah Hassan's jihad, 1899-1920', Bildhaan: an international journal of Somali studies, 2011, 10, 16-35
  • 'British perceptions and responses to Sultan Ali Dinar of Darfur, 1915-16', The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, 2010, 38:2, 237-260