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.
Dr Joan Greatrex retired early from her teaching post at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. She has edited the monastic accounts of the former Peterborough Abbey and the the earliest surviving register of Winchester Cathedral. The Biographical Register of the English Cathedral Priories (OUP, 1997) was followed and completed by The English Benedictine Cathedral Priories, Rule and Practice, c.1270-c.1420 (OUP 2011). She has also published some fifty articles on related subjects in various scholarly journals and conference proceedings. She is a member of the Ecclesiastical History Society and the of the standing committee of the Monastic Research Bulletin. She is also a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.
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).
Janice Tzuling Chik
Dr. Janice Tzuling Chik holds an AB from Princeton University, in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, an MA from the University of Texas, and a PhD from the University of St Andrews. She is currently Vice President of Broad Brook Research LLC, and Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Ave Maria University. Previously, she worked at Princeton University as a coordinator for community organizations and the academy, as a marketing consultant for Dell, as an editor for several international research projects and publications, and as a speaker and instructor for various think tanks and non-profits. For her research, she has received funding grants from the Royal Institute of Philosophy, the Scottish Funding Council, the University of St Andrews, the Philosophical Quarterly, the Witherspoon Institute, the Santa Croce Foundation, and the Darrell K. Royal Fellowship in Ethics and American Society. Dr. Chik also holds a Certificate in Musical Performance from Princeton, and is a Research Associate for the John Jay Institute.
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