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Some of the authors and editors who have collaborated with Bennett & Bloom
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Nicholas Awde
Nick Awde is a journalist and writer based in London and Brussels. He has written or edited more than 40 books, including Women in Islam (Bennett & Bloom 2005), Chechen Phrasebook (Hippocrene) and a thriller The Virgin Killers (Desert Hearts 2004). With Chris Bartlett, he wrote the West End hit play Pete and Dud: Come Again, a comedy-drama about Peter Cook and Dudley Moore. He is also a theatre critic and feature writer for The Stage newspaper.
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Laurence Chabert
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Robert Chenciner
Robert Chenciner is an independent writer based in London and co-author of Tattooed Mountain Women and Spoonboxes of Daghestan: Magic medicine symbols in silk, stone, wood and flesh (Bennett & Bloom 2006). He was one of the reasons for getting the Bayeux Tapestry redated when he pointed out that an image contained in it showed people grilling kebabs, which weren't introduced to Western Europe until far later than the date usually given for the tapestry's creation. Books and selected articles include: Embroidered Flowers from Thrace to Tartary, 1981 (with C. Marko); Architecture of Baku, 1985 (with E. Salmanov); Daghestan Today, 1989; Kaitag Textile Art of Daghestan, 1993; Daghestan: Tradition and Survival, 1997; Madder Red: A History of Luxury and Trade, 2000; 'Little known aspects of North East Caucasian mountain ram and other dishes', Proceedings of the Oxford Symposium on Food & Cookery, 1987 (with E. Salmanov); 'Persian exports to Russia from the 16th to the 19th century', Iran, vol. xxx, 1992 (with M. Magomedkhanov); 'Ancient Copper Alloy Figurines from Daghestan', London Antiquaries, 1999, vol. 79, (with P. Northover); 'Dying for Caviar', Proceedings of the Oxford Symposium on Food & Cookery, 1997.
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Martin George
Martin George (Institute of Historical Theology, University of Berne) co-edited Witness Through Troubled Times: A History of the Orthodox Church of Georgia, 1811 to the Present by Bennett & Bloom (2007).
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Jacob G. Ghazarian
Jacob G. Ghazarian is a specialist in the area of medieval religio-political interactions of Mediterranean Christianity with the West. He is author of The Mediterranean Legacy in Early Celtic Christianity: A Journey from Armenia to Ireland (Bennett & Bloom 2006) and The Armenian Kingdom in Cilicia during the Crusades: The Integration of Cilician Armenians with the Latins.
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Tamara Grdzelidze
Tamara Grdzelidze co-edited Witness Through Troubled Times: A History of the Orthodox Church of Georgia, 1811 to the Present (Bennett & Bloom 2007), Maximus the Confessor and Georgia (Iberica Caucasica Volume Three) (Bennett & Bloom 2009), and translated (with additional notes and an authoritative introduction) Georgian Monks on Mount Athos: Two Eleventh-Century Lives of the Hegoumenoi of Iviron Translation (Bennett & Bloom 2009). Born in Tbilisi, Georgia, Grdzelidze studied Ancient Georgian literature at Tbilisi State University and theology at St Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary, New York, and received her DPhil in theology from the University of Oxford. Since 2001 she has held the position of Orthodox Theologian at the Faith and Order Secretariat of the World Council of Churches in Geneva, Switzerland.
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Fred James Hill
Fred James Hill is an editor, writer and musician based in London. He has written several books, including A History of the Islamic World (with Nicholas Awde, Hippocrene 2003), and was a regular contributor to the Middle East Review. He is co-editor and co-author of The Azerbaijanis: People, Culture and History (Bennett & Bloom 2009).
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Gabib Ismailov
Gabib Ismailov is co-author of Tattooed Mountain Women and Spoonboxes of Daghestan: Magic medicine symbols in silk, stone, wood and flesh (Bennett & Bloom 2006). A school teacher in Gapshima village, Daghestan, he has also written essays on Kaitag embroideries and tattoos. He is currently collaborating on a forthcoming book on Dum and Davaghin tapestry flat-weaves of Daghestan.
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Lars Krutak
Author of Tattoing Arts of Tribal Women (Bennett & Bloom 2007), Lars Krutak trained as an archaeologist and cultural anthropologist, spending three years exploring the symbolism and practice of tattooing throughout the Arctic. Later, he worked at the National Museum of the American Indian and National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution. In 2003, he was a co-recipient of the American Book Award in Literature. Lars is devoted to recording the lives, stories, and experiences of tattooed people around the globe. He has worked as a consultant for three National Geographic television documentaries on tattooing. He is also a regular contributor to The Vanishing Tattoo (www.vanishingtattoo.com) one of the world's largest tattoo websites, and several leading body art magazines in the United States, Germany, and the United Kingdom. Lars will be appearing in a forthcoming television series for the Discovery Channel, focusing on indigenous body modification practices worldwide.
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Constantine B. Lerner
Constantine B. Lerner is Professor of Georgian Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a member of the International Caucasological Society (Chicago & Europe). Fields of interest include general linguistics and the history of Georgia and his current research is now concentrated on the reconstruction of Semitic layers in the Georgian language and ancient Georgian culture. He is the author of four monographs: Mathematical Methods in Historical Linguistics (Tbilisi 1972, in Russian); The Social Nature of Language and the Process of Language Interaction (Tbilisi, 1989, in Russian); Some Hebrew Sources of the Ancient Georgian Chronicles (Jerusalem, 2003, in Hebrew) and The Wellspring of Georgian Historiography (Bennett & Bloom, 2004).
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John Mace
John Mace is one of the foremost writers today of teaching materials for Middle Eastern languages, who has worked in the Diplomatic Service, as a British Council lecturer, as a personnel officer in the Middle East and as a European Commission delegate. He is the author of Bennett & Bloom's Arabic for Today beginner's coursebook, Basic Arabic Workbook, Intermediate Arabic Workbook, and Arabic Verbs. He has also written two Arabic books for the Teach Yourself series, as well as Arabic, Persian and German language manuals, and a translation of Russian poetry.
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Magomedkhan Magomedkhanov
Magomedkhan Magomedkhanov is co-author of Tattooed Mountain Women and Spoonboxes of Daghestan: Magic medicine symbols in silk, stone, wood and flesh (Bennett & Bloom 2006). In addition to his academic work on current affairs, ethnography and sociology at the Russian Academy of Sciences, Daghestan Scientific Centre, Makhachkala, Dr Magomedkhanov has reestablished natural dyes in Daghestan, a local art that had been lost for 130 years. In 1997, he founded and continues to run Daghestani village manufactories of woollen knotted-piles rugs, soumakh weft-float brocade rugs and mosaic felts, and silk embroideries that are all coloured with plant dyes. Dyes used are the famed deep madder red from Derbent; Rhododendron caucasica flowers, leaves and stems for yellow; and indigo for blue. Other colours are produced using mordants other than alum and mixtures of the basic three colours. Designs reproduce favourite historical designs found in Daghestan and throughout the world. For further information go to www.rugsbykhan.com.
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Tamila Mgaloblishvili
Tamila Mgaloblishvili, editor of Georgians in the Holy Land (Bennett & Bloom 2007), is a specialist in the Christian East and Georgian Medieval culture. She is author of two books, The Klarjeti Polycephalon and The Chronicle of Alexander of Cyprus (both in Georgian), editor of the Iberica-Caucasus Volume I, entitled Ancient Christianity in the Caucasus, along with more than 100 scholarly articles in the field of ancient Georgian literature and history of culture as well as the cultural relations of Georgia and the Christian East during the Middle Ages. She is head of the Centre for Exploration of Georgian Antiquities, head of the Expedition of Georgian Scholars to the Holy Land and a member of many international scholarly institutions, such as the International Association of Patristic Studies, Centre for Early Christian Studies of Australian Catholic University and a visiting fellow of the British Academy.
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S. Iftikhar Murshed
S. Iftikhar Murshed is author of Afghanistan: The Taliban Years (Bennett & Bloom 2006). He is a senior Pakistani diplomat whose 35-year-long career involved key assignments including special envoy to Afghanistan from 1996-2000 with the mandate of bringing the Taliban and the Northern Alliance to the negotiating table, the challenge of developing relations with India, and the post of director general of the foreign minister's office. He was also ambassador to the Russian Federation from 2000-2005, and was conferred the award of The Order of Diplomatic Merit while ambassador to the Republic of Korea from 1990-1995. He is a published foreign policy analyst, poet and playwright whose works have been staged in Morocco and Mexico. After his schooling in Clifton College, Bristol, the author graduated in English literature from the Punjab University, Lahore.
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Gabriel Soultanian
Gabriel Soultanian is an independent writer based in the UK and Armenia. In addition to his latest book published by Bennett & Bloom, The History of Bishop Sebeos: Redefining a Seventh-Century Voice from Armenia (2007) he is also author of the two ground-breaking Armenian histories (both published by Bennett & Bloom): The Pre-History of the Armenians, Volume 1 (2003) and The Pre-History of the Armenians, Volume 2: The Proto-Armenian Hieroglyphic Inscriptions of Aram (2004).
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Jason Thomson
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Lukas Vischer
Rev Lukas Vischer (Association of the Friends of Georgia, Switzerland) co-edited Witness Through Troubled Times: A History of the Orthodox Church of Georgia, 1811 to the Present by Bennett & Bloom (2007).
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