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25 Feb

Approved the cover proof for my book The Hesiad: A Brief Diary of a Heretical God. It is the first in a trilogy that traces the journey of a main character across several incarnations. The trilogy is lyrical verse and it is rooted in classical mythology. It is also highly influenced by some of my travels and adventures.

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Top 1% in Academia Worldwide Ranking

4 Apr

The electronic version of my paper ‘Adam Bede: An Ancient Egyptian Book of Genesis’ has gone viral and I am now in the top 1% of academic worldwide author ranking according to Academia author ranking! The paper is out in print in the next few weeks with MUP. The other paper, ‘A Brief Discussion of the Influence of the Arabian Nights on British Politics in the Late Nineteenth Century’, which went live at the same time and is due for publication next year is in the top 3%.

Big thank you to everyone who helped with this achievement!

 

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TV Interview (Leeds Local TV)

5 Mar

I had my first TV appearance yesterday on Leeds Local TV. I stood with the interviewee outside the Lecture Theatre. The interviewee’s questions revolved around Theresa May’s handling of the Brexit and how it may affect the Yorkshire and Humber Region. I expressed my views on Mrs May’s handling of Brexit and on the whole Brexit situation in a few minutes. My views only represent me, not my employer’s or publishers’.

Doctorate Awarded

24 Jan

I don’t usually add pieces here on things that I tend to slot in the personal category but this month is probably the busiest and the best I’ve had in a few years. I have been awarded the doctorate with minor corrections and have been hired by the University of Leeds as a Teaching Fellow in Drama and Postcolonial Literature. In the mean time cheers to January, let’s keep on rolling!

 

Adam Bede: An Ancient Egyptian Genesis

15 Aug

Snippets from the paper I read at Tea with the Sphinx Conference in Birmingham last month. The paper discusses George Eliot’s novel Adam Bede, and the author’s attempt to create a new creation story by combining ancient Egyptian motifs with the Genesis story. George Eliot renounced Christianity in her youth and in her first novel she was attempting to create her own gnostic gospel, or alternative to Anglican Victorian Christianity. The paper is scheduled for publication as a chapter contribution in a collected essays volume by Manchester University Press.

Snake Worship in Ancient Egypt

2 Feb

The article is out now in the current issue of Nile Magazine. I discuss in it snake worship in ancient Egypt within the context of an old struggle between monotheism (the Abrahamic faiths in particular) and its ancient rival, polytheism (pagan religions).

Written in the spirit of the ancient wisdom!

Further details on the article and the issue in the link https://www.nilemagazine.com.au/

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Survival and Oblivion: Egyptian Jews after the Second Exodus

23 Jun

Whenever Egypt is mentioned today in conversation, it is often with an assumed Islamic identity in mind. A minority of Christian Copts sometimes creeps into the discussion later on as an afterthought. This assumption is often accompanied by the rather unconscious or indirect presumption that there are few Jews in Egypt today, if any. This is not true.

It is easy to understand however why this is the mainstream account. The Second Exodus from Egypt occurred in 1956, under Colonel Nasser’s orders, stripping all Jews of their Egyptian citizenship and expelling them from Egypt. The vast majority of Egyptian Jews fled to one of three destinations of refuge: Israel, Mediterranean Europe (mainly France and Italy) and the Americas (primarily Argentina). This was, however, neither the beginning of trouble for Egyptian Jews in modern times, nor its end.

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Read more here

Article published in History Today on 8 May 2017.