Muhammad Ridwaan

Muhammad Ridwaan - Editor

Birmingham, UK

With over 10 years' specialist experience in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies publishing, I copy-edit and proofread across the humanities.

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Overview

Classically trained at Oxford University Press for around 4 years, with bachelor degrees in English Language and Literature, and Arabic, respectively, I've worked on over 150 books either as copy-editor, proofreader, translator, or editorial project manager. I work across the humanities and social sciences, and specialize in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies.
I offer a clear, thorough, and methodical service for authors, assessing and agreeing the editorial needs of their project before beginning, so that we remain on the same page throughout the process – leaving authors happy, confident, and coming back for more!
Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Education & Reference
Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies
Political Science & Current Affairs
Religion & Spirituality

Certifications

  • Professional Member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders, UK
  • First Class BA (Hons) in English Language & Literature
  • BA (Hons) in Classical Arabic
  • Cambridge University Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA)

Work experience

Project Manager (OUP Books)

Newgen Publishing
July, 2016 – August, 2017 (about 1 year)

Managing publishing projects across various academic disciplines at our client Oxford University Press, including their flagship and high-profile series in UK Academic Medicine and Law. Most recently, OUP’s annual law title Blackstone’s Civil Practice, for three consecutive years, comprising around 5,000 typeset pages across two distinct volumes.

Assessing manuscripts and artwork, scheduling and budgeting, managing freelancer services and author and client relationships, reviewing copy-editing, typesetting, and proofreading, and problem solving.

Assisting management and production teams, including troubleshooting pain points, developing and refining processes, conducting training, and improving quality and client satisfaction

Director

Self-employed
January, 2014 – Present (almost 7 years)

Qalam Editing, specialists in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, bring together over 20 years of professional experience in books and journal production management, copy-editing, proofreading, consultancy, project management, and translation services in the academic, trade, and educational publishing industry. We range from managing multi-million-dollar publishing portfolios for clients in the Middle East and South Asia and prestigious university presses worldwide, to copy-editing and proofreading for academic publishers and self-publishers across a wide array of subject areas.

Editorial and Production Manager

Kalam Research and Media
January, 2014 – May, 2016 (over 2 years)

• Overseeing the commissioning and (print and digital) production of over 50 scholarly works
in Arabic and English on Islamic and Western philosophy, theology, logic, science, linguistics,
and spirituality, for institutes, schools, and universities in the Middle East, Gulf, and the West.

• Implementation of commissioning and production workflows and processes, refining and
improving as needed; driving quality and process improvement.

• Managing editorial processes: commissioning authors, assessing initial proposals, arranging
peer review and manuscript assessments, coordinating related budgets and schedules.

• Managing production workflows: commissioning, briefing, and overseeing the copy-editing,
typesetting, proofreading, indexing, and printing for all titles, including quality control at
each stage and assessing final typescripts submitted for publication.

• Recruiting and training new members of production staff; managing their performance.

• Managing suppliers, including: tracking supplier performance, formulating supply strategy,
negotiating price and service level agreements.

• Issuing author and international conference contracts, while auditing reports and approving
budgets from conference organisers across Malaysia, Jordan, Pakistan, Germany, Bosnia,
Turkey, USA, and the UK.

• Acquiring foreign-language rights for selected Cambridge University Press titles, and
negotiating their co-publishing agreements with publishers in Bosnia, Jordan, and Malaysia.

Production Editor

Oxford University Press
July, 2010 – January, 2014 (over 3 years)

• Commissioning, briefing, and overseeing the copy-editing, typesetting, proofreading,
indexing, and printing for every academic title, including quality control at each stage and
assessing initial typescripts submitted for publication.

• Acting as a key point of contact with authors and editors during production, and providing a
high level of author care.

• Managing costs and schedule to ensure titles are brought out on schedule, to budget, and to a
high quality.

• Simultaneously working on print and digital publications: overseeing quality control of
XML-first and -last workflows (QA probity reports), eBooks, and testing online platforms
Oxford Scholarship Online and Oxford Medicine Online.

• Negotiating bespoke manufacturing prices of key titles for Production Editors in the Science
& Medicine department with printers across Europe and the Far East.

• Overseeing the work of suppliers (and project managers) throughout the production process.

• Liaising closely with cross-departmental teams, such as Editorial, Design, and Marketing, to
ensure transparency and accuracy throughout the production process.

Portfolio (12 selected works)

Hezbollah: Socialisation and its Tragic Ironies

Adham Saouli

What drives Hezbollah's political behaviour? For three decades we believed that the impetus of establishing an Islamic state in Lebanon was its main goal. This book disagrees. Drawn from over fifteen years of research, it traces Hezbollah's political trajectory, or socialisation process, from its birth in 1982 to 2017. It identifies the religio-political identity and doctrine that inspire Hezb... read more

What drives Hezbollah's political behaviour? For three decades we believed that the impetus of establishing an Islamic state in Lebanon was its main goal. This book disagrees. Drawn from over fifteen years of research, it traces Hezbollah's political trajectory, or socialisation process, from its birth in 1982 to 2017. It identifies the religio-political identity and doctrine that inspire Hezb... read more

Dialectical Encounters: Contemporary Turkish Muslim Thought in Dialogue

Taraneh Wilkinson

Discussions of Islam in Turkey are still heavily dominated by political considerations and the dualistic paradigms of modern v. traditional, secular v. religious. Yet there exists a body of Muslim institutions in the country - Turkish theology faculties - whose work overcomes ideological divisions. By engaging with Turkish theology in its theological rather than political concerns, this book s... read more

Discussions of Islam in Turkey are still heavily dominated by political considerations and the dualistic paradigms of modern v. traditional, secular v. religious. Yet there exists a body of Muslim institutions in the country - Turkish theology faculties - whose work overcomes ideological divisions. By engaging with Turkish theology in its theological rather than political concerns, this book s... read more

Songs of Presence

Mustafa Styer

This limited print edition helps you master the qasidas and elevate your choral singing. It is comprehensive, functional, durable and pleasing to the soul. COMPREHENSIVE With more than 200 qasidas, Songs of Presence has almost every qasida you can expect to be sung in a Sufi gathering, especially those of the Shadhili Order. This includes Inna Fi al-Janna, Ayyuha al-Ashiq, Bushra Lana, Da'uni ... read more

This limited print edition helps you master the qasidas and elevate your choral singing. It is comprehensive, functional, durable and pleasing to the soul. COMPREHENSIVE With more than 200 qasidas, Songs of Presence has almost every qasida you can expect to be sung in a Sufi gathering, especially those of the Shadhili Order. This includes Inna Fi al-Janna, Ayyuha al-Ashiq, Bushra Lana, Da'uni ... read more

Rights and Civilizations: A History and Philosophy of International Law

Gustavo Gozzi

Rights and Civilizations, translated from the Italian original, traces a history of international law to illustrate the origins of the Western colonial project and its attempts to civilize the non-European world. The book, ranging from the sixteenth century to the twenty-first, explains how the West sought to justify its own colonial conquests through an ideology that revolved around the idea ... read more

Rights and Civilizations, translated from the Italian original, traces a history of international law to illustrate the origins of the Western colonial project and its attempts to civilize the non-European world. The book, ranging from the sixteenth century to the twenty-first, explains how the West sought to justify its own colonial conquests through an ideology that revolved around the idea ... read more

Alfarabi's Book of Dialectic (Kitāb al-Jadal): On the Starting Point of Islamic Philosophy

David M. DiPasquale

Widely regarded as the founder of the Islamic philosophical tradition, and as the single greatest philosophical authority after Aristotle by his successors in the medieval Islamic, Jewish, and Christian communities, Alfarabi was a leading figure in the fields of Aristotelian logic and Platonic political science. The first complete English translation of his commentary on Aristotle's Topics, Al... read more

Widely regarded as the founder of the Islamic philosophical tradition, and as the single greatest philosophical authority after Aristotle by his successors in the medieval Islamic, Jewish, and Christian communities, Alfarabi was a leading figure in the fields of Aristotelian logic and Platonic political science. The first complete English translation of his commentary on Aristotle's Topics, Al... read more

Policing Citizens: Minority Policy in Israel

Guy Ben-Porat, Fany Yuval

What does police violence against minorities, or violent clashes between minorities and the police tell us about citizenship and its internal hierarchies? Indicative of deep-seated tensions and negative perceptions; incidents such as these suggest how minorities are vulnerable, suffer from or are subject to police abuse and neglect in Israel. Marked by skin colour, negatively stigmatized or re... read more

What does police violence against minorities, or violent clashes between minorities and the police tell us about citizenship and its internal hierarchies? Indicative of deep-seated tensions and negative perceptions; incidents such as these suggest how minorities are vulnerable, suffer from or are subject to police abuse and neglect in Israel. Marked by skin colour, negatively stigmatized or re... read more

Descending with angels: Islamic exorcism and psychiatry: a film monograph (Anthropology Creative Practice and Ethnography)

Christian Suhr

Over several years, Christian Suhr followed Muslim patients being treated for jinn possession and psychosis in a Danish mosque and in a psychiatric hospital. Through rich filmic and textual case studies, he shows how the bodies and souls of Muslim patients become a battlefield between the moral demands of Islam and the psychiatric institutions of European nation-states. The book reveals how bo... read more

Over several years, Christian Suhr followed Muslim patients being treated for jinn possession and psychosis in a Danish mosque and in a psychiatric hospital. Through rich filmic and textual case studies, he shows how the bodies and souls of Muslim patients become a battlefield between the moral demands of Islam and the psychiatric institutions of European nation-states. The book reveals how bo... read more

Understanding Political Islam

François Burgat

This book retraces the human and intellectual development that has led renowned scholar François Burgat to one very firm conviction: that the roots of the tensions that afflict the Western world’s relationship with the Muslim world are at their root political, far more than they are ideological. It aims to limit itself to a precise scholarly arena: recounting, as meticulously as possible, the ... read more

This book retraces the human and intellectual development that has led renowned scholar François Burgat to one very firm conviction: that the roots of the tensions that afflict the Western world’s relationship with the Muslim world are at their root political, far more than they are ideological. It aims to limit itself to a precise scholarly arena: recounting, as meticulously as possible, the ... read more

Stakeholder Democracy: Represented Democracy in a Time of Fear

Felix Dodds

In the context of sustainable development, this book describes how we are moving from representative to participatory democracy, and how we are now in a "stakeholder democracy," which is working to strengthen represented democracy in a time of fear. Since the 1992 Rio Earth Summit the idea of stakeholder democracy has grown, with stakeholders engaged in helping governments and intergovernmenta... read more

In the context of sustainable development, this book describes how we are moving from representative to participatory democracy, and how we are now in a "stakeholder democracy," which is working to strengthen represented democracy in a time of fear. Since the 1992 Rio Earth Summit the idea of stakeholder democracy has grown, with stakeholders engaged in helping governments and intergovernmenta... read more

The Interfaith Movement: Mobilising Religious Diversity in the 21st Century (Social Movements in the 21st Century: New Paradigms)

Although its beginnings can be traced back to the late 19th century, the interfaith movement has only recently begun to attract mainstream attention, with governments, religious leaders and grassroots activists around the world increasingly turning to interfaith dialogue and collective action to address the challenges posed and explore the opportunities presented by religious diversity in a gl... read more

Although its beginnings can be traced back to the late 19th century, the interfaith movement has only recently begun to attract mainstream attention, with governments, religious leaders and grassroots activists around the world increasingly turning to interfaith dialogue and collective action to address the challenges posed and explore the opportunities presented by religious diversity in a gl... read more

Critical Perspectives on Teaching in Prison: Students and Instructors on Pedagogy Behind the Wall

This volume makes a case for engaging critical approaches for teaching adults in prison higher education (or “college-in-prison”) programs. This book not only contextualizes pedagogy within the specialized and growing niche of prison instruction, but also addresses prison abolition, reentry, and educational equity. Chapters are written by prison instructors, currently incarcerated students, an... read more

This volume makes a case for engaging critical approaches for teaching adults in prison higher education (or “college-in-prison”) programs. This book not only contextualizes pedagogy within the specialized and growing niche of prison instruction, but also addresses prison abolition, reentry, and educational equity. Chapters are written by prison instructors, currently incarcerated students, an... read more

Eldad's Travels: A Journey from the Lost Tribes to the Present

Micha J Perry

In the latter years of the ninth century, a mysterious figure arrived in the North African Jewish community of Kairouan. The visitor, Eldad of the tribe of Dan, claimed to have arrived from the kingdom of the Israelite tribes whose whereabouts had been lost for over a millennium and a half. Communicating solely in Hebrew, the sojourner’s vocabulary contained many words that were unfamiliar to ... read more

In the latter years of the ninth century, a mysterious figure arrived in the North African Jewish community of Kairouan. The visitor, Eldad of the tribe of Dan, claimed to have arrived from the kingdom of the Israelite tribes whose whereabouts had been lost for over a millennium and a half. Communicating solely in Hebrew, the sojourner’s vocabulary contained many words that were unfamiliar to ... read more

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