PhD, Linguistics, Lancaster University , 1978
MA, English Literature, The American University in Cairo, 1973
BA, English Literature, Cairo University, 1971
Political & Cultural Commentator
Founder & Chair, Engaged Events-UK, 2008- present
Patron, Palestine Solidarity Campaign, UK
Fellow, the Royal Society of Literature, UK
Patron, The Caine Prize for African Writing
Trustee, The British Museum
Trustee, The International Prize for Arab Fiction (IPAF)
Cairo: a City Transformed, (memoir), Pantheon, January 2014.
Cairo: my City, our Revolution, (memoir) Bloomsbury 2012.
Editor: Reflections on Islamic Art, (essays), BQFP 2011.
I Think of You: Stories, Bloomsbury: London, 2007.
Mezzaterra: Fragments from the Common Ground, Bloomsbury: London, 2004.
Honorary DLitt, Exeter University, 2008
Honorary DLitt, London Metropolitan University, 2004
Honorary DLitt, Lancaster University, 2004
Mahmoud Darwish Award, 2010
Costantine Cavafy Award, 2012
Metropolis Bleu Award