Charlie Beirouti is a second-year PhD student at the University of Oxford, where he specialises in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century British history. Charlie’s current research explores the thousands of British diplomats, merchants, preachers and others from this period who lived, worked and travelled in the Islamic world, stretching from the Eastern Atlantic to the Indian Ocean. Using historical letters, journals, pamphlets and books, Charlie’s work examines what these Britons thought and wrote about Islamic cultures and societies, and how they used their experiences to reflect on the religious and political upheavals that dogged Stuart Britain (1603-1714).
Charlie is deeply passionate about communicating his research to non-academic audiences, and has spoken at several school outreach events. He believes in the power of history to excite and entertain as well as inform, and is particularly keen to learn about how the links between the academic and television sectors might be strengthened.