What has happened since the first Comparative Literature hires were made in Arabic over the last few decades?
Arash Beidollahkhani, a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at the University of Tehran, connects the Arab Spring to Occupy and other protests globally. See Part I for the first installment of his article.
Arash Beidollahkhani, a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at the University of Tehran, connects the Arab Spring to Occupy and other protests globally.
The #Taksim protests in #Turkey should IMHO be read as part of #Occupy, not as analogous to the #Arab_Spring. The same is true of the protests in Brazil: Occupy not Spring.
Arabic poetics—the theories of criticism of poetry and eloquence in classical (mediaeval) Arabic scholarship—has a great deal to offer the contemporary reader and critic.
I've just finished a review of a recent monograph on a mediaeval Arabic scholar in which I noted a few translation and typographical errors, commended the philology involved, and gave a synopsis of the contents. So much, so unsurprising; this is the way my field works.
Alexander Key's interests range across the literary and intellectual history of the Arabic and Persian-speaking worlds from the seventh century, together with Western political thought and philosophy. He received his Ph.D. in Arabic and Islamic Studies from Harvard University’s Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations in May 2012 and started work at Stanford that same year.
He is currently writing a book, The Arabic Obsession with Language: theory in the eleventh century. It looks at ma'na in the thought of Ibn Furak, ar-Raghib al-Isfahani, Avicenna, and Abd al-Qahir al-Jurjani, and argues that this commonplace yet under-studied Arabic word is the key to these scholars’ theology, philosophy, and poetics. Key is also preparing a second book for publication, an intellectual biography of ar-Raghib that includes an edition of Landberg 175, the unicum manuscript of ar-Raghib’s poetics.