These are my main academic publications. I have also published other material for think-tanks and other organisations. Note that since 2012 I have a policy regarding closed-access and open-access publishing.


I am currently working on a book with the working title The Politics of Transnationalism in a Postcolonial Age; I am in discussion with a publisher on this, and further details will be made available shortly.

I am also working with a colleague on a book on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Western churches, and theology; details will be posted here in due course.


Saints and Cultural Trans/-mission, edited by Michael Marten/Katja Neumann, Sankt Augustin: Anthropos/Academia, 2013, ISBN: 978-3-89665-621-6 (see also my essay in this volume, and co-authored introduction, detailed below).

Transnational and Historical Perspectives on Global Health, Welfare and Humanitarianism, edited by E. Fleischmann, S. Grypma, M Marten, I.M. Okkenhaug, Kristiansand: Portal Books, 2013, ISBN: 978-82-92712-75-7 (see also my essay in this volume, detailed below).


Christian witness between continuity and new beginnings: modern historical missions in the Middle East, eds. Martin Tamcke, Michael Marten, series: Studien zur Orientalischen Kirchengeschichte, Hamburg: LIT Verlag, 2006. ISBN: 3-8258-9854-7 (see also my essay in this volume, detailed below).

Attempting to bring the gospel home: Scottish missions to Palestine, 1839-1917, London: I.B. Tauris, 2006, ISBN: 1-85043-983-4.

Journal special editions


Debate section: Museums, Missions, and (Mis-)Representations, in Anthropos, vol. 114, 2019/2, eds. Michael Marten/Rajalakshmi Nadadur Kannan, contributions by Michael Marten, Inbal Livne, Rebecca Loder-Neuhold, Rajalakshmi Nadadur Kannan, Jennifer Way. ISSN 0257-9774.


Arts and Humanities in Higher Education, vol. 10, no. 3, July 2011, special edition on Education and Religion, eds. Fiona Barclay/Michael Marten (incl. Introduction); see also below for my article in this issue. ISSN 1474-0222.

Journal articles and book chapters


forthcoming ‘Missionaries and preaching: reframing the study of the missionary phenomenon’ in Missions and Preaching: Comparing and de-compartmentalizing the study of the missionary phenomenon (Middle East – North Africa- 19th-20th centuries), eds. Karène Sanchez-Summerer et al., Leiden: Brill


‘Gender and missionary motivations in humanitarian work after World War One’, in Christian Missions and Humanitarianism in The Middle East, 1850-1970: Ideologies, Rhetoric, and ‘Praxis, Leiden: Brill, 2020: 209-230. ISBN: 978-90-04-43453-0 (Open Access, available as PDF, and in print).

‘Creativity, Academia and Critical Religion’ (107-112) and ‘The “No True Scotsman” Fallacy and the Problem of Identity’ (134-139), both essays in Critical Religion Reader, eds. Melanie Barbato, Cameron Montgomery, Rajalakshmi Nadadur Kannan; Pembroke, Ontario: Studio Dreamshare Press. ISBN: 9781775394365 (Open Access, available as a free eBook, and in print; page numbers given reflect the print edition).


‘Framing the debate: Mission History and the Postcolonial Museum’, in Anthropos, vol. 114, 2019/2. Debate section: Museums, Missions, and (Mis-)Representations, 489-493, eds. Michael Marten/Rajalakshmi Nadadur Kannan. ISSN 0257-9774.


‘Scotland in a postcolonial perspective’, in Scotland 2021, eds. Simon Barrow/Mike Small, Ekklesia/Bella Caledonia, 2016: 176-180. ISBN: 978-0-9932942-3-5.


‘Michael Prior, the Professional and the Amateur: The Bible and Colonialism. A Moral Critique‘, in Martyrdom and Christian response to conflict in the Middle East (Living Stones Yearbook 2015), eds. Mary Grey/Duncan Macpherson/Anthony O’Mahony/Colin South, Living Stones of the Holy Land Trust, 2015: 8-22. ISBN: 978-0-9552088-6-7.

‘Recovering from the Mandate: The Church of Scotland in Israel/Palestine after 1948’, in Begegnungen in Vergangenheit und Gegenwart: Beiträge dialogischer Existenz, eds. Claudia Rammelt/Cornelia Schlarb/Egbert Schlarb, LIT, 2015: 272-285. ISBN: 978-3-643-13070-9.


‘”The loneliest woman in Africa” – missionary biography as a form of Scottish Protestant sainthood’, in Saints and Cultural Trans/-mission, eds. Michael Marten/Katja Neumann, Sankt Augustin: Anthropos/Academia, 2013: 61-81. ISBN: 978-3-89665-621-6. (also, with Katja Neumann: Introduction, 1-6).

‘On Knowing, Knowing Well and Knowing Differently: Historicising Scottish Missions in 19th and Early 20th Century Palestine’, in Transnational and Historical Perspectives on Global Health, Welfare and Humanitarianism, eds. E. Fleischmann, S. Grypma, M Marten, I.M. Okkenhaug, Kristiansand: Portal Books, 2013: 210-238. ISBN: 978-82-92712-75-7.


‘Re-imagining ‘metropole’ and ‘periphery’ in mission history’, in Protestant Missions and Local Encounters in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, eds. Hilde Nielssen/Inger Marie Okkenhaug/Karina Hestad Skeie, Leiden: Brill, 2011: 293-315.

‘Escaping from Sunday School – teaching ‘the Middle East’ in a religion setting’, in Arts and Humanities in Higher Education, vol. 10, no. 3, July 2011: 241-251 (I also co-edited this special edition on ‘religion’ with Fiona Barclay, and co-authored the Introduction; see above).


‘The theology and practice of Scottish medical missions: the study of missions in Palestine through a postcolonial lens’, in The social dimension of mission in the Middle East (19th and 20th century), eds. Norbert Friedrich/Uwe Kaminsky/Roland Löffler, series: Missionswissenschaftliches Archiv, Stuttgart: Franz Steiner-Verlag: 155-178.

‘Indigenisation and contextualisation – the example of Anglican and Presbyterian churches in the Holy Land’, in Christianity and Jerusalem: Theology and Politics in the Holy Land, ed. Anthony O’Mahony, London/Leominster: Gracewing Publishers: 115-137.


‘Die Gottesfrage als Kern des Glaubens – Veränderungen im Denken W H Temple Gairdners’, in Christliche Gotteslehre im Orient seit dem Aufkommen des Islams bis zur Gegenwart, ed. Martin Tamcke, Beirut: Orient-Institut/Würzburg: Ergon-Verlag, 189-202 (raw text available here).


‘Independent women missionaries in the Scottish school in Jaffa, 1918-1936: identifying subaltern narratives’, in Interpreting relief and welfare activities in the Middle East. 1800-2005, eds. Nefissa Naguib/Inger Marie Okkenhaug, series: Social, Economic and Political Studies of the Middle East and Asia, Leiden: Brill, 107-128.


‘Imperialism and evangelism: Scottish missionary methods in late 19th and early 20th century Palestine’, in Holy Land Studies, vol 5, no. 2, November 2006, 105-186.

‘Communicating home: Scottish missionary publications in the 19th and early 20th centuries’, in the edited collection Christian witness… (see above), 81-98.


‘Anglican and Presbyterian Presence and Theology in the Holy Land’, in The International Journal for the Study of the Christian Church, special issue on “Christianity and Jerusalem: Religion, Politics and Theology in the Modern Holy Land”, editor: Anthony O’Mahony, vol. 5, no. 3, 2005, 182-199.


‘Perceptions and Realities of the Holy Land’, review article in Holy Land Studies, vol 3, no. 1, May 2004, 113-117.


‘Where were you? Reflections on the current crisis in the Middle East’, in Coracle, issue 3/60, June 2002, 10-11.

‘The Free Church of Scotland in 19th-century Lebanon’, in Chronos. Revue d’Histoire de l’Université Balamand, Balamand, vol. 5, 2002, 51-106.


‘Representation and misrepresentation in 19th century Lebanon – Scottish and American missionaries in conflict’, in Orientalische Christen zwischen Repression und Migration: Beiträge zur jüngeren Geschichte und Gegenwartslage, ed. Martin Tamcke, series: Studien zur Orientalischen Kirchengeschichte, Hamburg: LIT Verlag, 167-183.


‘Doing Theology on the Ground: an interview with Naim Ateek’, in Coracle, issue 3/46, July 1999, 6-7.

Encyclopaedia entries


Article: ‘Middle East’, in Encyclopedia of Missions and Missionaries, ed. Jonathan Bonk, Religion and Society series, first edition, 1 volume, Berkshire/Routledge, Massachusetts.

Article: ‘Turkey’, in Encyclopedia of Christianity, Vol. 5, Grand Rapids: Eerdmans.



Saeb Erakat and Mitri Raheb, eds, The Double Lockdown: Palestine under Occupation and COVID-19 (Bethlehem: Diyar Publisher, 2020. ISBN: 978-9950-376-41-0), in The Scottish Episcopal Institute Journal, vol. 4, no. 2, Summer 2020: 252–54.


Philip Broadhead/Damien Keown (eds.): Can Faiths Make Peace? Holy War and the Resolution of Religious Conflict (London: I.B. Tauris, 2007. ISBN: 978-1-84511-276-9), in Middle Eastern Studies, vol. 44, no. 2, March 2008: 344-346.


Maria Småberg: Ambivalent Friendship: Anglican Conflict Handling and Education for Peace in Jerusalem 1920-1948, in Middle Eastern Studies, vol. 42, no. 5, September 2006: 850-853.

Inger Marie Okkenhaug/Ingvild Flaskerud (eds.): Gender, Religion and Change in the Middle East: Two Hundred Years of History, in Holy Land Studies, vol. 5, no. 1, May 2006: 124-125.


John K. Cooley, An Alliance Against Babylon: The U.S., Israel, and Iraq, in Holy Land Studies, vol. 4, no. 2, November 2005: 108-109.


J. A. B. Jongeneel: Philosophy, Science and Theology of Mission in the 19th and 20th Centuries. A Missiological Encyclopedia, Part II: Missionary Theology, in Koinonia. The Princeton Theological Seminary Graduate Forum, vol. XI, no. 2, Fall 1999: 289-291.

Closed- and open-access publishing (back to top)

Note: I intend to have, where possible, open-access links to accessible versions of all my writings. At the beginning of 2012 I took a conscious decision, wherever possible, to do the following:

  1. complete all outstanding commitments to closed-access journals;
  2. henceforth only publish my work in open access journals or in books;
  3. reject all requests for assistance from closed-access journals, including peer-review, book reviews, etc.

In brief: I am no longer prepared to offer my work and services for free to profit-making corporations that restrict access to their journals. Why open-access? Watch this video, and/or read this article for good summaries of some of the main issues. The LSE Impact of Social Sciences blog is a great source for further information and discussion of this issue, whilst this article interrogates the business model of closed-access journals.

‘People say that life is the thing, but I prefer reading.’ (Logan Pearsall Smith, 1865-1946)