Dr Peter Hill

Dr Peter Hill

Junior Research Fellow in Oriental Studies (Christ Church)
Associate Member of Faculty of Oriental Studies
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Peter Hill is a historian of the Arab world in the long nineteenth century. He is currently a Junior Research Fellow at Christ Church, Oxford; his first book, Utopia and Civilisation in the Arab Nahda, will be published by Cambridge University Press in 2019. He has published a number of articles on translation and political thought in the Arab world in journals such as Past & Present, the Journal of Arabic Literature, and Intellectual History Review.

Research and expertise: Middle Eastern history; Arabic literature; nineteenth-century Arab Nahda; Ottoman Empire; global and comparative history


  • Middle East in the Age of Empire, 1830-1971 (second-year undergraduate History course)
  • The Global Twentieth Century, 1930-2003 (second-year undergraduate History course)
  • Theory and Methods (History Masters course)
  • Arabic Historical Readings (graduate and undergraduate option, Arabic and Middle East Studies)
Selected Publications: 
  • Utopia and Civilisation in the Arab Nahda. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, in press.
  • ‘Translation and the Globalisation of the Novel: Relevance and Limits of a Diffusionist Model’. In Marilyn Booth (ed.), Migrating Texts: Translation around the Late Ottoman Mediterranean (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, in press).
  • ‘The Arabic Adventures of Télémaque: Trajectory of a Global Enlightenment Text in the Nahdah’. Journal of Arabic Literature, 49: 3 (2018), 171-203.
  • ‘Ottoman Despotism and Islamic Constitutionalism in Mehmed Ali’s Egypt’. Past & Present, 237:1 (2017), 135–166.
  • ‘Arguing with Europe: Eastern Civilisation versus Orientalist Exoticism’, PMLA 132: 2 (2017), 405–12.
  • ‘The First Arabic Translations of Enlightenment Literature: The Damietta Circle of the 1800s and 1810s’. Intellectual History Review, 24:2 (2015), 209-233.
  • ‘Early Arabic Translations of English Fiction: The Pilgrim’s Progress and Robinson Crusoe’. Journal of Semitic Studies, 60: 1 (2015), 177-212.