Ted’s CV

T J Gorton           Résumé

 Personal:                    Age 69. Dual UK and US citizen.

Address:                      102 Liverpool Road, Islington, London N1 0RE

                                    telephone: + 44 (0)7787 160 172

                                    email: gortonted@gmail.com

Education:                 ·

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Oxford, 1976 (Oriental Studies/Arabic)
  • M.Phil., Oxford, 1973 (Comparative Literature Arabic/Romance)
  • BA, University of Oklahoma, 1970 (Letters)
  • High School Diploma, Ankara, Turkey, 1966
  • Perito Mercantil, Concordia, Argentina, 1964

Academic Distinctions:

  • Ouseley Memorial Studentship in Oriental Languages (London/Oxford Universities), 1974-76;
  • Erin Research Fellowship (Linacre College, Oxford), 1974-75;
  • Paget Toynbee Prize in Mediaeval Literature (Shared) (Oxford), 1975;
  • Marshall Scholarship (to St John’s College, Oxford), 1970-73;
  • Woodrow Wilson Fellowship (University of Oklahoma, 1970)

Academic Employment:

  • Lecturer in Arabic Studies, University of St Andrews (1976-77)
  • Beirut College for Women (later Beirut University College), lecturer in Cultural Studies (1980-81)
  • Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University, (1988-90)

Other Employment:

  • Public Affairs Representative, then Senior Negotiations Representative, Shell and Amoco (Oman, Tunis, London, Houston);
  • Consultant, World Bank (Washington DC);
  • Manager, Foreign Projects Department, Yukos Oil Co (Moscow, 2001-5)



  • “Arabic Influence on the Troubadours: Documents and Directions”, Journal of Arabic Literature V (1974), pp. 11-16
  • “The Metre of Ibn Quzman: a ‘Classical’ Approach”, Journal of Arabic Literature VI (1975), pp. 1-29
  • “Arabic words and Refrains in Provençal and Portuguese Poetry”, Medium Aevum XLV (1976), pp. 257-264
  • Zajal and Muwassah: The Continuing Metrical Debate”, Journal of Arabic Literature IX (1978), pp. 32-40
  • “Textual Problems in Ibn Quzman”, Arabica XXIV No. 3 (1978),pp. 269-290
  • Ibn Zaidun and the Troubadours, a Comparative Reading of Poetry, translated by Isamu Taniguchi (Tokyo: 1981 [in Japanese]), 265 pages (a translation of my 1976 Oxford B.Phil thesis)
  • “Back to Ibn Quzman”, in David Hook, ed., Cultures in Contact in Medieval Spain: Historical and Literary Essays Presented to L.P. Harvey (London: King’s College London Medieval Studies III, 1990)
  • “Ibn Quzman”, in Encyclopedia of Medieval Iberia, ed. E. Michael Gerli (New York/London: Routledge, 2003), pp 418-419
  • “Arabic Poetry”, in Encyclopedia of Medieval Iberia (see above), pp 654-656
  • “Meeting Muhammad”, in Meetings with Remarkable Muslims, ed. B. Rogerson (London: Eland, 2005)
  • Review of Holes et al, Poetry and Politics in contemporary Bedouin society (Times Literary Supplement, 7 May 2010)
  • Review of Harris, Lebanon: a History 600-2011 and Knudsen and Kerr, Eds, Lebanon after the Cedar Revolution (Times Literary Supplement, 13 September, 2013)
  • “Lebanon’s Renaissance Prince,” Saudi Aramco World, June-July 2014

Published Books

  • Andalus: Moorish Songs of Love and Wine (selection and translation of Hispano-Arabic love poetry, with an extensive introduction and notes) (London: Eland Books (Poetry of Place Series), 2007)
  • Voices of Arabia (selection and translation of Eastern Arabic poetry from its beginnings to about the year 1000 AD), also for Eland Books, 2009
  • Lebanon Through Writers’ Eyes, jointly written with Andree Feghali Gorton (London: Eland Books, 2009). 2 printings.
  • Renaissance Emir: a Druze Warlord at the court of the Medici (Life of Fakhr al-Din Ma’an, d. Istanbul, 1635 AD, historical biography) (London, Quartet Books, 2013) [SOLD OUT]; 2nd (PB) ed. Interlink Books (USA), May 2014
  • A Beirut Anthology: Travel Writing through the Ages (Cairo, American University in Cairo Press, June 2015)


For the Stage:

  • Ward 6, an adaptation of the story Palata No. 6 by Anton Pavlovich Chekhov
  • Swan Song, Dramatic Study by Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (translation)

Completed: Vartan of Aleppo, historical novel; A Deadly Banishment, novel

In progress:

  • Roses and Garlic, an Arabist’s Journey (Middle East travelogue);
  • English translation of the complete poetry of Ibn Quzman (d. Cordoba, 1160 AD)
  • A Beirut Anthology: Travel Writing through the Ages (Cairo, American University in Cairo Press, June 2017)

3 thoughts on “Ted’s CV”

  1. Yousef Fakhr al-Din said:

    Dear Dr. gorton,

    I am studying meters of ibn Quzman Diwan,

    You have studied them for Ph. D. in Oxford some 37 years ago.
    the work was not published. What I have is your Article in JAL vi 1975.
    How can i read your full work of doctorate?
    The interest in the subject had faded in the last i5 years and was abandoned although the research is far from perfect.


    • Dear Mr Fakhr al-Din,

      thank you for your message. I would be pleased for you to consult my doctoral thesis, it is on file at the University of Oxford and I am sure it could be requested through any British academic or research library. University libraries elsewhere can request a microfilm.

      Professor Federico Corriente of the University of Zaragoza in Spain has done a lot of work on the subject including a full Diwan of Ibn Quzman. He generally accepts my “classical” argument though as you may know the Spanish school has its own ideas about “syllabic-accentual” influences on the meters.

      where are you located? If there is anything I can do to help you get access I would be pleased to assist.

      Best regards
      Ted Gorton

  2. Yousef Fakhr al-Din said:

    thank you Dr. Gorton for you reply that I, by accident, read now thoug you sent on 25th june. i waited to recieve an answer by mail
    had you published your English translation of Ibn Quzman zajals? I am very interested to read.

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