In Memoriam: Donald S. Richards

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The College is deeply saddened to announce the death of Emeritus Fellow, and former Dean of Degrees, Donald Sidney Richards. 

Donald Richards was a Fellow of St Cross from 1967 to 2000 and University Lecturer in Arabic for forty years between 1960 and 2000. His research interests were the history and historiography of the Ayyubid and Mamluk periods.  

A specialist in Arabic history, he was the author of a number of books of translations, among which were 'The Rare and Excellent History of Saladin, translation of Ibn Shaddad', and 'The Chronicle of Ibn al-Athir for the Crusading Period', parts 1, 2 and 3.