Nayra Zaghloul


Pembroke College

Junior Dean at Worcester College


M.Phil Islamic Art and Archaeology


Educational Background:

2014 - 2017 - BA English Language and Literature, Lincoln College, University of Oxford

2017 - 2019 - M.Phil Islamic Art and Archaeology, Pembroke College, University of Oxford


Placement at Christie’s Islamic Art department assisting with auction preparation

Arabic and manuscript consultant for Peter Harrington Rare Books at the 2018 Abu Dhabi Book Fair

Co-author of the Winter 2018 Bernard Quaritch Oriental Manuscripts catalogue (

VIP Exhibition Guide for Cartier at the ‘Cartier in Motion’ exhibit at the Design Museum giving lectures and tours on the history of the wristwatch, the influence of nineteenth-century architectural feats on contemporary jewellers and watchmakers and the cultural reception of historic Cartier pieces

Completed work placement at the Library of Alexandria, Egypt, in Arabic calligraphy, bookbinding (specialising in Islamic, Byzantine and Coptic bindings) and manuscript conservation

Private cataloguer and archivist for H. & G. Simonds Ltd. (

Research assistant for Dr. Daniel Starza Smith on the Variorum Edition of Donne (

Research Interests:

Middle Eastern poetry and visual art from the 19th and 20th centuries, Arabic and Persian manuscripts, the reception of Arabic and Persian manuscripts in nineteenth-century Europe, the history of collecting Islamic art, museology and Islamic art, psychoanalysis in the Middle East, story-telling, anthropology, photography, painting, illustrations, popular culture, mid-twentieth century cinema, Egypt, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, Iran, cosmopolitanism

Nayra Zaghloul