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Barnaby Rogerson was conceived on a yacht and born in Scotland. Travel was a vital aspect of his childhood which followed in the wake of his father's career in the Royal Navy with postings to Gibraltar, Malta, Skye and Virginia. A degree in History from St Andrews University proved to be adequate preparation for work as a barman, tutor for a child star in a film made on a Greek island, a pony boy on a Highland estate 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 and garden temples at Hampton Court, Leeds Castle and Fort Worth, Texas.

Subsequent to the birth of two daughters, Barnaby wrote a History of North Africa, then a Biography of the Prophet Muhammad, then an account of the early Caliphate, The Heirs of the Prophet followed by the story of the battle for the Mediterranean from 1415-1580, The Last Crusaders. He has put together a collection of sacred numerological traditions of the world, Rogerson's Book of Numbers, and in November 2017 his In Search of Ancient North Africa will be published by Haus. He is currently writing a book on the Shia-Sunni schism within Islam, A House Divided, to be published by Profile.

He has also contributed the text for Don McCullin's photographic study of Roman North Africa and the Levant, Southern Frontiers, co-edited a collection of the contemporary travel writing Ox-Tales for the charity Oxfam, edited a collection of the travel literature of Marrakech, a collection of contemporary travel encounters with Islam; Meetings with Remarkable Muslims, a collection of English Orientalist verse, Desert Air, and a collection of the poetry of place of London. Barnaby is on the advisory board of Critical Muslim, the editorial board of Middle East in London and is a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society and the Royal Geographical Society and a member of the Royal Society of Asian Affairs. He has been elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and an honorary member of The Travellers Club. He is also a lecturer, tour guide, television presenter, journalist and book reviewer with a scrapbook of three hundred articles pasted up on this website.

His day job is running Eland, a publishing house, which specializes in keeping classic travel books in print, www.travelbooks.co.uk .

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Recent Books
by Barnaby Rogerson

In Search of Ancient North Africa

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

Book of Numbers

The Prophet Muhammad: A Biography