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Dr John Slight

Profile summary

  • Lecturer in Modern History
  • Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
  • School of Hist, Rel St, Soc, SP&C
  • History
  • john.slight

Professional biography

BA, MA, MPhil, PhD in History from the University of Cambridge

AHRC-funded Research Consultant on Hajj: journey to the heart of Islam at the British Museum (c.140,000 visitors)

Associate Lecturer, Goldsmiths, University of London

Guest Lecturer, Cambridge Muslim College

Research Fellow in History at St. John's College, Cambridge

Research interests

The relationship between British imperialism and Islamic religious practices

Arabia and the greater Middle East during the First World War

The Red Sea, its surrounding littorals and this area's links with Britain since c.1850

Future projects include the impact of the First World War on Arabia, the history of Perim (Mayyun) island at the foot of the Red Sea, British imperial policies and the expansion of Islam, the reception of the Ottoman call to jihad in 1914, and British converts to Islam and imperial state authorities.

Teaching interests

Imperial, transnational and world history from c.1400, with a particular interest in the history of empires. 

Impact and engagement

My PhD research informed my work as a Research Consultant on the British Museum's major exhibition on the Hajj.

I have delivered seminars on the British Empire and Islam to the Prince's Trust Summer School and Sutton Trust Summer School at Cambridge.


The British Empire and the Hajj, 1865-1956 (2015-09-01)
Slight, John
ISBN : 9780674504783 | Publisher : Harvard University Press | Published : Cambridge, MA
British Colonial Knowledge and the Hajj in the Age of Empire (2016-10)
Slight, John
In: Ryad, Umar ed. The Hajj and Europe in the Age of Empire. Leiden Studies in Islam and Society (pp. 81-111)
ISBN : 9789004323346 | Publisher : Brill | Published : Leiden

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