Welcome to Daniel Newman‘s website on the history of Arab cooking in the Middle Ages.
My interest in food is related to my research into medieval Islamic medicine, especially sexuality, and erotology, My book on aphrodisiacs in the Muslim Miiddle Ages is entitled The Sultan’s Sex Potions and was published by Saqi Books in London.
I have recently completed an edition and translation of a 15th-century cookery manual entitled Zahr al-ḥadīqa fi ‘l-aṭcima al-anīqa (‘Garden flowers in elegant food’), which contains over 300 recipes.
I have also published widely on Arabic geographical and travel literature (with a special focus on Arab travellers to Europe in the 19th century). In 2009, I was the co-recipient of the World Award of the President of the Republic of Tunisia for Islamic Studies for the book entitled Muslim Women in Law and Society. Other works include An Imam in Paris (2004, 2nd ed. 2011), Arabic-English Thematic Lexicon (2007), Modern Arabic Short Stories: A Bilingual Reader (2008, with R. Husni), an A to Z of Arabic-English-Arabic Translation (2013, with R. Husni) and Arabic-English-Arabic Translation: Issues and Strategies (2015, with R. Husni) and Rifa’a al-Tahtawi: A Nineteenth-Century Egyptian Educationalist and Reformer (Edinburgh University Press, forthcoming).