Denis MacEoin

Denis M. MacEoin (born 1949, Belfast, Northern Ireland) is a British analyst and writer. Since 2014 has published at the Gatestone Institute, of which he is a Senior Fellow, a number of essays on current events with a Middle Eastern focus.[1] He was a "Senior Editor" from 2009–2010 at Middle East Quarterly, a publication of the American think tank Middle East Forum, where he is also a Fellow. A former lecturer in Islamic studies, his academic specialisations are Shi'ism, Shaykhism, Bábism, and the Bahá'í Faith. As a novelist, MacEoin writes under the pen names Daniel Easterman and Jonathan Aycliffe.[2]


MacEoin studied English Language and Literature at the University of Dublin (Trinity College) and Persian, Arabic and Islamic Studies at the University of Edinburgh.[3] He carried out research for his PhD degree at King's College, Cambridge. His PhD dissertation dealt with two heterodox movements in 19th-century Iranian Shi'ism: Shaykhism and Bábism. From 1979–80, he taught English, Islamic Civilization, and Arabic-English translation at Mohammed V University in Fez, Morocco, resigning from the University shortly after commencing employment there. MacEoin claims the resignation was due to disputes over contract changes, working environment and payment for his services as a Lecturer.[2] In 1986, he was made Honorary Fellow in the Centre for Islamic and Middle East Studies at Durham University. He was the Royal Literary Fund Fellow, assisting with academic writing at Newcastle University from 2005–2008,[4]

MacEoin is a pro-Israel campaigner (he first visited the country in 1968), who says he has "very negative feelings" about Islam.[5]



MacEoin has published extensively on Islamic topics, contributing to the Encyclopaedia of Islam, the Oxford Encyclopaedia of Islam in the Modern World, the Encyclopædia Iranica, the Penguin Handbook of Religions, journals, festschrifts, and books, and has himself written a number of academic books.[2]


Since 1986, McEoin has pursued a career as a novelist, having written 26 novels. He uses the pen names Daniel Easterman (international thrillers) and Jonathan Aycliffe (ghost stories).[6]

Daniel Easterman

Jonathan Aycliffe


  1. "Writings by Denis MacEoin :: Gatestone Institute". Gatestone Institute.
  2. 1 2 3 "Biography of Denis MacEoin". Middle East Forum.
  4. "Denis MacEoin". The Fellowship Scheme. Royal Literary Fund. Retrieved 25 February 2014.
  5. Milne, Seumas (20 December 2007). "Cameron must rein in these neo-con attack dogs". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 22 May 2010.
  6. Kazensky, Michelle, ed. (2008). The Writers Directory 2008. 2. Thomson Gale. p. 1238.

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