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Dr Peter Hill

Department: Humanities

Peter is a historian of the modern Middle East, specialising in the Arab world in the long nineteenth century. His research focusses on political thought and practice, the politics of religion, and translation and intercultural exchanges. He also has a strong interest in comparative and global history.

Before joining Northumbria University in 2019, Peter was Junior Research Fellow at Christ Church, University of Oxford. He currently teaches on the modules 'Cultures, Structures and Ideas: Making Sense of Historical Concepts', and 'Humanities Portfolio: Skills for University'.

Peter's first book, Utopia and Civilisation in the Arab Nahda, will be published by Cambridge University Press in 2020. He has published a number of articles on translation and political thought in the Middle East, in journals such as Past & Present, the Journal of Arabic Literature, and Intellectual History Review.

Peter Hill


  • DPhil June 01 2016
  • MSt June 20 2012
  • BA (Hons) June 20 2010
  • Associate Fellow (AFHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2019

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • How Global Was the Age of Revolutions? The Case of Mount Lebanon, 1821, Hill, P. 3 Jun 2020, In: Journal of Global History
  • Utopia and Civilization in the Arab Nahda, Hill, P. 16 Jan 2020
  • Translation and the Globalisation of the Novel, Hill, P. 1 May 2019, Migrating Texts, Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Press
  • The Arabic Adventures of Télémaque, Hill, P. 4 Sep 2018, In: Journal of Arabic Literature
  • Ottoman despotism and Islamic constitutionalism in Mehmed Ali's Egypt, Hill, P. 30 Oct 2017, In: Past and Present
  • Early translations of English fiction into Arabic: The Pilgrim's Progress and Robinson Crusoe, Hill, P. 1 Apr 2015, In: Journal of Semitic Studies
  • The first Arabic translations of Enlightenment literature, Hill, P. 3 Apr 2015, In: Intellectual History Review


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