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Mr Leslie McLoughlin


Honorary Research Fellow

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Leslie McLoughlin was Director of Studies at the Middle East Centre for Arab Studies (MECAS) in Shemlan, Lebanon, between 1965-68 and 1970-75. He lectured in Arabic and Islamic studies at Edinburgh University between 1969-70 and also taught at Columbia University and the University of Pennsylvania in 1969 and 1970. In 1987 he founded the MECAS Association.

He has lectured in Arabic in many Arabic countries.

He interpreted for HM The Queen and Her Majesty's Government from 1983-2009.

As a University Fellow in retirement at Exeter he is active in consultancy on the teaching of Arabic as a foreign language.

As a historian he has specialized in the history of Saudi Arabia after publishing a biography of the first King, Ibn Saud, in 1993.

The following video features Leslie McLoughlin's work in the Institute of Arab and islamic Studies at Exeter.


Ibn Saud: Founder of a Kingdom, Palgrave Macmillan / St.Antony's,1993.

A Nest of Spies...? An Informal History of MECAS, Alhani Books, London, 1994.

In A Sea of Knowledge: British Arabists in the 20th Century, Ithaca Press, 2002.

Confessions of an Arabic Interpreter: The Odyssey of an Arabist 1959-2009, Motivate Books, 2010.

Guide to Speech Making in Arabic, 2012

For further information please see: CV of Mr Leslie McLoughlin