Barnaby Crowcroft

Duignan Visiting Fellow

Barnaby Crowcroft is the Duignan Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution. He specializes in the law and political thought of the end of the British empire, with a particular focus on the Middle East and West Africa. He is currently conducting research on a project exploring Islamic and Islamist thought and the development of post-war international human rights regimes.

Crowcroft has received MAs from Yale and Harvard and is currently completing a PhD in the Harvard History Department. He previously worked in foreign service in the United Arab Emirates.

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Caravans & Cat Skins: African history before colonialism

by Barnaby Crowcroftvia Literary Review
Wednesday, February 6, 2019

In July 1324, Sultan Musa of Mali rocked up in Cairo, together with an entourage of over ten thousand slaves and retainers, staying as the guest of the city’s Mamluk governor as he passed through Egypt on the hajj. Fifty years later Cairenes were still talking about it. The Malian ruler flooded the city with gold.

Speak for humanity

by Barnaby Crowcroftvia Times Literary Supplement (UK)
Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Toward the end of Yemen’s previous civil war involving foreign actors, in the 1960s, it became increasingly clear that Egypt – whose armed forces were propping up the republican government in Sana’a – was dropping chemical weapons on northern Yemeni villages in its attempt to end the insurgency led by the country’s deposed imam. Images of dead and dying civilians circulated in London newsrooms, reports filtered back from foreign correspondents, and shell casing recovered from the scene was sent for examination to United Nations agencies.