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After studying Arabic in Kuwait, Damascus, Cairo, Doha and Edinburgh, I now find myself working in Qatar and finishing off my PhD (Durham University). With a bit of luck, a fair wind, no weekends, and few evenings off, the book of my PhD as well as the tome itself should be finished by December 2012 or perhaps January 2013. The book will be published by the second half of 2013.
I started out studying International Relations at the University of St. Andrews and went from there to Nottingham University to complete a Masters degree in Diplomacy. After this I decided to go abroad for a time. I arrived in Kuwait in September 2005 and left in May 2007. I taught in a British International School which was – to say the least – an enlightening experience. I also used Kuwait as a jumping off point to travel throughout the Levant and much of the Arabian Peninsula; to have a few wonderful holidays in Sri Lanka and Thailand; an underwhelming trip from Syria to Hungary via Italy; and an epic odyssey from Istanbul by car, boat, train, taxi, bus, bike, tractor and Llama to Shanghai via the ‘Stans. After obtaining a full PhD scholarship (thanks, CASAW) which included a stint in Cairo and Edinburgh, I disappeared to Qatar for nine months to research and continue Arabic studies at Qatar University before returning to the UK before returning to Qatar.
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