Robert Irwin (writer)

Robert Graham Irwin ( born August 23, 1946) is a British historian, author and an expert on Arabic literature.


Irwin studied Modern History at Oxford University and a Ph.D. from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. From 1972 he taught at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. Since 1977, he devoted himself almost exclusively to writing. In addition to history books Irwin has also written novels and fantasy stories published. His BuchThe Arabian Nightmare was inspired by the work of The Saragossa Manuscript by Jan Potocki.

Today ( 2013) Irwin is connected as a researcher with the School of Oriental and African Studies and editor for the Middle East in The Times Literary Supplement.

Publications (selection)

  • 2011: Memoirs of a Dervish: Sufis, Mystics and the Sixties. Profile Books, London. ISBN 978-1-861979919.
  • 2006: For Lust of Knowing: The Orientalists and Their Enemies. Penguin Press / Allen Lane, London. ISBN 0-713994150.
  • American Title 2006: Dangerous Knowledge: Orientalism and Its Discontents. Overlook Press, New York City. ISBN 978-1-585678358.
  • 2005: The Alhambra. Harvard University Press. as paperback: 2011 ISBN 978-1-861974877. .
  • 1999: Night and Horses and the Desert: The Penguin Anthology of Classical Arabic Literature. Allen Lane / The Penguin Press, London. ISBN 0-713991534.
  • 1999: Satan Wants Me, Roman. Dedalus Books, London. ISBN 978-1-873982341.
  • 1997: Islamic Art, Laurence King, London. ISBN 1-856690938. German: Islamic Art. DuMont, Cologne 1998. ISBN 3-7701-4484-8.
  • 2004: German: The world of the Arabian Nights, Insel-Verlag, Frankfurt / Leipzig. ISBN 3-458-34744-5.