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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)

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

I have also taught at Goldsmiths College, University of London, Cambridge Muslim College, and the University of Essex

My first book, The British Empire and the Hajj 1865-1956 (Harvard University Press, 2015) was awarded the triennial Trevor Reese Memorial Prize in 2017 by the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, London, for the most 'wide-ranging, innovative and scholarly work in imperial history'

Research interests

The relationship between British imperialism and Islamic religious practices

Arabia and the greater Middle East during the First World War

Future projects include British imperial policies and the expansion of Islam, British maritime imperialism in the Red Sea, and British military bases in the Middle East.

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.

External collaborations

Affiliated Researcher, Faculty of History, University of Cambridge


Global War and its impact on the Gulf States of Kuwait and Bahrain, 1914-1918 (2018)
Slight, John
War and Society, 37(1) (pp. 21-37)
The British Empire and the Hajj, 1865-1956 (2015-09-01)
Slight, John
ISBN : 9780674504783 | Publisher : Harvard University Press | Published : Cambridge, MA
Reactions to the Ottoman jihad fatwa in the British empire, 1914-1918 (2018-12)
Slight, John
In: Kitchen, James and Johnson, Rob eds. The Great War in the Middle East ((In Press))
Publisher : Routledge
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