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Barnaby has written a biography of The Prophet Muhammad which was followed by the story of first four Caliphs of Islam, The Heirs of the Prophet and The Last Crusaders (a study of the worldwide war between the early colonial Empires emerging out of Christendom and Islam between 1415-1578) and most recently Rogersonís Book of Numbers (the culture of numbers from 1,001 nights to the seven wonders of the ancient world). Before this he had written half a dozen guidebooks (to Morocco, Tunisia, Cyprus, Scotland and Istanbul), a History of North Africa (now in its third edition) and edited collections of travel writing, such as Marrakech the Red City, Meetings with Remarkable Muslims, Ox-Travels and Desert Air. He is currently finishing a book on Ancient Heroes of North Africa and about to start on a history of the Shia-Sunni rivalry.

Barnaby Rogerson was conceived on a yacht and born in Dunfermline, Scotland. Travel was a vital aspect of a childhood which followed in the wake of his father's career in the Royal Navy with postings to such foreign ports as Gibraltar, Malta, Skye and a blissful two and half years near the Dismal swamp in Virginia Beach. He is the third of four children. His sister Diana is a homeopath on the west coast of Ireland, his brother David is a gold miner-cattle farmer in southern Venezuela and James is a polo-playing entrepreneur in mobile telephones based in the Swiss Alps. Barnaby is married to a strong-minded feminist who he met at university, at a course on the French Revolution. They have two free-speaking daughters, Molly and Hannah.

A degree in Medieval History at St Andrews University proved to be adequate preparation for work as a barman, tutor for a child star in a film shot on a Greek island, a pony boy in the Highlands and stints at two determinedly independent publishers which led to a job in the press department of the Afghanistan Support Committee. A chance encounter in the Outer Hebrides led to his first commission to write a guidebook to Morocco followed by Tunisia, Cyprus, Istanbul and Libya. These projects were intermingled with summer's spent restoring grottoes, mixing cement and laying pebble floors in garden temples at Hampton Court, Leeds Castle and Fort Worth, Texas.

From the experience of researching guide books came the opportunity to work as a lecturer on history tours (for companies such as Martin Randall, Eastern Approaches and Andante) and to gradually pick up commissions as a freelance travel-writer. Three hundred articles and reviews have appeared in the TLS, Guardian, Independent, House & Garden, Harpers & Queen, Cornucopia, Country Life and the Daily Telegraph.

His day job is running Eland Publishing which specializes in keeping the classics of travel literature in print. The 140 titles of this growing list can be viewed at www.travelbooks.co.uk . Click here for Barnaby's LinkedIn profile.

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Recent Books
by Barnaby Rogerson

The Heirs of the Prophet Muhammad: And the Roots of the Sunni-Shia Schism

Book of Numbers

The Prophet Muhammad: A Biography