Denis MacEoin Appointed Middle East Quarterly Editor


Denis McEoin

PHILADELPHIA — The Middle East Forum is pleased to announce that Denis MacEoin—an Irish specialist of Islam and Iran, and widely published novelist—will take over as editor of the Middle East Quarterly, its flagship publication, starting with the Fall 2009 issue.

The Times of London has called the MEQ, founded in 1994, an "invaluable source of information on the Middle East." Bernard Lewis, the doyen of Middle Eastern specialists, terms it, "Lively and stimulating … interesting and important."

Mr. MacEoin graduated with an M.A. in English language and literature from Trinity College, Dublin, followed by a second degree in Persian, Arabic, and Islamic History from Edinburgh University and a Ph.D. in Persian/Islamic Studies from King's College, Cambridge. In 1986, he became honorary fellow in the Centre for Islamic and Middle East Studies at Durham University.

Mr. MacEoin carried out manuscript-based research in Iran in 1976. In 1979-80, he taught at the Mohammed V University in Fez, Morocco. Following that, he took up a post as lecturer in Arabic and Islamic Studies at Newcastle University.

From 2005 to 2008, Mr. MacEoin was a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Newcastle University where he now teaches a short course in creative writing. He is a member of the advisory council of the Centre for Social Cohesion, an offshoot of the Civitas think tank. He writes a blog, A Liberal Defence of Israel.

{josquote}A recurring theme [in his novels] is the negative effect of irrational ideas and movements on democratic societies. {/josquote}

He has published extensively on Islamic topics. His books include The Sources for Babi Doctrine and History (Brill, 1992), Rituals in Babism and Baha'ism (I.B. Tauris, 1994), and The Messiah of Shiraz: Studies in Early and Middle Babism (Brill, 2008); he also co-edited Islam in the Modern World (Wadsworth, 1983). A collection of his journalism was published under the pen-name Daniel Easterman, New Jerusalems: Reflections on Islam, Religious Fundamentalism, and the Rushdie Affair (Grafton/HarperCollins, 1993).

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