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Honorary graduates 2023

Leslie McLoughlin FRGS, FRHistS (DLitt)

Tuesday 18 July 2023 11:45am

Leslie McLoughlin first studied Arabic in 1960 at Durham University as an officer in the Royal Army Educational Corps. He then taught basic Arabic to military personnel in Aden where he met and married Christine. They moved to Lebanon in 1965 when he was appointed Director of Studies at M.E.C.A.S. THE Middle East Centre for Arab Studies.

Since then he has used Arabic constantly having visited all Arab countries except Algeria. He has interpreted for many Arab visitors to the United Kingdom and for British officials in the Arab World. For many years he has been a broadcaster on Arabic radio and television. He continues to use Arabic at every opportunity.