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Keywords in our work: Understanding the Middle East | Arabic literature | Translation | Ethnography| Orientalist art| Botany| Travellers | East India Company | India and the Coromandel | Ottoman Empire | Aleppo | Egypt | Arabian Peninsula. Also | Scottish cookery | Aberdeenshire | Scottish Borders | music |

Welcome to our website! This is what you can find here:

  • Information about Paul and Janet Starkey
  • Full lists of most of our publications
  • Information about our current research projects including Janet's book on Strathbogie and Paul's translations from Arabic to English
  • Our roles in various Associations
  • PDFs of various lectures on the Middle East
  • Pages about culinary traditions in Aberdeenshire and Banffshire
  • Pages dedicated to the Russell family and associates in the 18th century
  • Short accounts about our long journeys in Europe, the Middle East and America.
Travellers in the Ottoman Empire: the botanical legacy
Travellers in the Ottoman Empire: the botanical legacy
ISBN 978 1 78491 915 3
ISBN 978 1 78491 916 0 (e-Pdf)
Oxford: Archaeopress, 2018.
This collection of twenty papers edited by Ines Aščerić-Todd, Sabina Knees, Janet and Paul Starkey has its origins in a two-day seminar organised by the Association for the Study of Travel in Egypt and the Near East (ASTENE) in conjunction with the Centre for Middle Eastern Plants at the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh (RBGE), with additional support from Cornucopia magazine and the Turkish Consulate General, Edinburgh. This splendidly illustrated book focuses on the botanical legacy of many parts of the former Ottoman Empire as seen and described by travellers both from within and from outside the region. The papers cover a wide variety of subjects, including Ottoman garden design and architecture; the flora of the region, especially bulbs and their cultural significance; literary, pictorial and photographic depictions of the botany and horticulture of the Ottoman lands; floral and related motifs in Ottoman art; culinary and medicinal aspects of the botanical heritage; and efforts related to conservation.
To order contact Archaeopress
Fractured Destinies
Fractured Destinies
Paul's latest translation from Arabic to English is Fractured Destinies: A Novel by Rabai al-Madhoun published in March 2018. Click on picture for more details.
The Scottish Enlightenment Abroad
The Scottish Enlightenment Abroad
Janet's book, The Scottish Enlightenment Abroad: The Russells of Braidshaw in Aleppo and on the Coast of Coromandel (Leiden: Brill, 2018), is now available. Click on picture for more details. To order go to https://brill.com/view/title/36276
The Shell Translated by Paul Starkey
The Shell Translated by Paul Starkey
The Shell by Mustafa Khalifa. Translated by Paul Starkey. Interlink, $15 trade paper (192p) ISBN 978-1-56656-022-1. Published 2016. Paul was awarded a prestigious Sheikh Hamad Award for Translation and International Understanding at a ceremony in Qatar in December 2017.
Strathbogie, the Gordons and the 'Land o'Cakes'
Strathbogie, the Gordons and the 'Land o'Cakes'
By Janet Starkey. Cover design by Clare Blois.

ISBN 978-1-907115-31-8

Prices: £17.50 (excl. shipping); £21 (incl. shipping UK); £26.90 (incl. shipping Europe); £31.50 (incl. shipping Rest of the World). Paperback with Flaps pp. 348. Full colour with many illustrations. Glossary. Indexes.
2 SEPTEMBER 2017.
For sale on Amazon from 20 September 2017.
For UK sales only:-
Strathbogie, the Gordons and the 'Land o'Cakes'£21.00
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Lost and Now Found
Lost and Now Found
Neil Cooke & Vanessa Daubney (eds), Lost and Now Found: explorers, Diplomats and Artists in Egypt and the Near East (Oxford: Archaeopress, 2017). Janet and Paul both have chapters therein
PSAS 47 (2017)
PSAS 47 (2017)
Janet Starkey, Julian Jansen Van Rensburg & Harry Munt, Proceedings of the Seminar for Arabian Studies; Papers from the Fiftieth Meeting of the Seminar for Arabian Studies Held at the British Museum, Paperback, vol 47 (Oxford: Archaeopress, 2017).
Sonallah Ibrahim: Rebel with a Pen by Paul Starkey
Sonallah Ibrahim: Rebel with a Pen by Paul Starkey
Sonallah Ibrahim: Rebel with a Pen, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2016. Paperback edition September 2017,
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