Ethel Tolansky, BA in French with subsid in Arabic, Dunelm, is a founding member of Group for War and Culture Studies, at the University of Westminster. She specialises in Resistance poetry; Literature of the Occupation and the Deportation; the concentration camp experience, Jean Cayrol in particular; and the experience of the Algerian War in the novel and poetry. She was the Head of French at the University of Westminster. She is also a co-founder of the Francophone Africa, Caribbean and Pacific research group. She has published in all these areas. She also publishes for CTS.
Gerard Russell MBE
Gerard Russell, MBE is the author of the internationally acclaimed book Heirs to Forgotten Kingdoms. He is a graduate of Oxford University, has an M.A. in philosophy from London University, and was a Research Fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights at the Harvard Kennedy School from 2010 to 2011. Gerard is a Senior Fellow with the New America Foundation’s International Security Program as well as a Senior Associate of the Foreign Policy Centre in London. He worked for 14 years as a British and United Nations diplomat, and has lived in Cairo, Jerusalem, Baghdad, Kabul, and Jeddah. He speaks Arabic and Dari.
Amal Marogy is Affiliated Researcher in Neo-Aramaic Studies at the University of Cambridge and is Founder and Executive Director of Aradin Charitable Trust. She holds a PhD in Oriental Languages and Cultures from the University of Ghent (Belgium). She taught Arabic at the University of Cambridge and was Director of Studies in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at King’s College. Amal launched and organized the first and second Foundations of Arabic Linguistic Conference series in Cambridge and has launched a new series of conferences under the title New Horizons in Intercultural Dialogue. The inaugural conference ‘Cultural Heritage of the Christian Communities in the Middle East: challenges and opportunities’ was held at Trinity Hall (Cambridge) on 14 and 15 November. Amal is a bilingual Aramaic-Arabic speaker from Iraq. She hopes that her rich cultural background will help her become an active contributor to the intercultural dialogue between East and West. Her publications include The Foundations of Arabic Linguistics: Kitab Sibawayhi. Syntax and Pragmatics (2010) and Si-bawayhi and Early Arabic Grammatical Theory (ed.) (2012).
Charlotte Leslie is Director of the Conservative Middle East Council, enabling MPs and policy makers to gain a first-hand understanding of the region, through delegations, publications and debates. In September 2017, she was appointed as the Government's trustee for 'The Football Foundation'.
From 2010 to June 2017, Charlotte served as the Member of Parliament for Bristol North West. She specialised in education, health, and the Middle East and was awarded the Spectator's "Backbencher of the Year" award for her work on the NHS. Charlotte was also Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Boxing and is an Honorary Steward of the British Boxing Board of Control.
Prior to entering politics, Charlotte worked in television production at the BBC, at charities including the National Autistic Society, and at the think tank "Policy Exchange". She attended Balliol College, Oxford where she read Classics. She is a regular contributor to national newspapers, and in her spare time enjoys surfing.
Claire Barrett , MA, MSc, PGCE read English Language and Literature at Hertford College, Oxford and, after a brief period in educational publishing, returned to Oxford to study teaching and educational research. She is married with six children and has been homeschooling for six years. She is engaged in PhD research at the Institute of Education, University College London. Her research focus is parental choice of Catholic schools. She takes up an English teaching post in September at Bedford Girls School, part of the Harpur Trust.
John Binns is an Anglican priest, and was Vicar of Great St Mary's the University Church Cambridge from 1994 to 2017. He has a long association with various Eastern Churches. He is a founding trustee and visiting Professor of the Institute of Orthodox Christian studies, Cambridge; chair of trustees of the development agency Partners for Change Ethiopia; a researcher and author whose publication include An introduction to the Christian Orthodox Churches (CUP 2002) and the Orthodox Church of Ethiopia a History (I B Tauris 2017). He lives near Birmingham, and combines work in community development in Ethiopia; with research and writing; as well as carrying out a priestly ministry in the church.
Jonathan Riley-Smith, MA, PhD, LittD, was educated at Eton College and Trinity College, Cambridge. Married with three children, he was a lecturer at St Andrews and Cambridge Universities, Professor of History at Royal Holloway University of London and finally Dixie Professor of Ecclesiastical History, University of Cambridge. He has been a Fellow of Queens’ College, Cambridge and Emmanuel College, Cambridge. He has published as sole author The Knights of St John in Jerusalem and Cyprus, c.1050-1310 (London, 1967); The Feudal Nobility and the Kingdom of Jerusalem, 1174-1277 (London, 1973); What were the crusades? (London, 1977, now in its 4th edition, 2009); The First Crusade and the Idea of Crusading (London and Philadelphia, 1986); The Crusades: A History (London and New Haven, 1987, now in 2nd edition, 2005); The First Crusaders, 1095-1131 (Cambridge, 1997); Hospitallers. The History of the Order of St John (London, 1999); Al seguito delle Crociate (Rome, 2000); The Crusades, Christianity and Islam (New York, 2008); Crusaders and Settlers in the Latin East (Farnham, 2008); Templars and Hospitallers as Professed Religious in the Holy Land (Notre Dame, 2010); The Knights Hospitaller in the Levant, c.1070-1309 (Basingstoke, 2012) and many others as joint author or editor. He is a Bailiff Grand Cross of The Most Venerable Order of St John and a Knight Grand Cross of Grace and Devotion of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta.
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