Daniel Lowe

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Curator, Arabic Collections
Middle East library, archive and museum collections
Related Offices
Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts; Trustee of the British Institute for the Study of Iraq (BISI); Member of Middle East Librarians Committee (MELCom)

Daniel is the curator of Arabic Collections. He is responsible for Arabic manuscripts, printed books, periodicals, ephemera and e-resources at the British Library. He takes a leading role in collection development, cataloguing and curation, as well as research, cultural events, exhibitions and international engagement activities related to the Arabic collections.

Since 2015 he has taken an interest in contemporary visual culture within the Arabic collections and has developed new areas of collecting, such as comics, graphic novels, artists’ books and photobooks. He is particularly interested in collaborating with artists, designers, writers, translators, activists and community groups to reinterpret and activate the Library’s collections. In 2017, he curated the Treasures Gallery exhibition Comic and Cartoon Art from the Arab World. Between 2015 and 2019 he curated the Shubbak Literature Festival at the British Library with Alice Guthrie.

Prior to joining the British Library he worked on the curation and interpretation for a number high-profile cultural heritage and museum projects in the United Arab Emirate and Qatar. He holds an MA in Oriental Studies (Arabic and Hebrew) from the University of Oxford and diplomas in Modern Standard Arabic from the Université de Tunis and Arabic Codicology from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid.



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Arabic collections

Printed books, periodicals and newspapers, manuscripts and a range of other materials

Arabic manuscripts

Our Arabic manuscripts date from the early eighth to the nineteenth century AD

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