Library of Arabic Literature

The Library of Arabic Literature makes available Arabic editions and English translations of significant works of Arabic literature, with an emphasis on the seventh to nineteenth centuries. The Library of Arabic Literature thus includes texts from the pre-Islamic era to the cusp of the modern period, and encompasses a wide range of genres, including poetry, poetics, fiction, religion, philosophy, law, science, travel writing, history, and historiography.

Books in the series are edited and translated by internationally recognized scholars. They are published in parallel-text and English-only editions in both print and electronic formats. PDFs of Arabic editions are available for free download from the Library of Arabic Literature website. The Library of Arabic Literature also publishes distinct scholarly editions with critical apparatus and a separate Arabic-only series aimed at young readers.

The Library of Arabic Literature is directed by a group of distinguished scholars from around the world. Philip F. Kennedy of New York University serves as the General Editor; James E. Montgomery, Professor of Classical Arabic at Cambridge University, and Shawkat M. Toorawa, Professor of Arabic at Yale University, serve as the Executive Editors. Julia Bray (University of Oxford), Michael Cooperson (University of California, Los Angeles), Joseph E. Lowry (University of Pennsylvania), Tahera Qutbuddin (University of Chicago), Devin J. Stewart (Emory University), Sean Anthony (Ohio State University), and Maurice Pomerantz (NYUAD) comprise the Library of Arabic Literature Editorial Board. These ten editors are involved in the selection of the texts, the commissioning of the editor-translators, the review of manuscripts, and the vetting of the final edition-translations. In addition, a thirty-member International Advisory Board provides the Editors with guidance and direction for the series as a whole.

The Library of Arabic Literature is unprecedented in its scope, aiming to create a major library of authoritative Arabic editions and modern, lucid English translations, with the goal of introducing Arabic’s rich literary heritage to a general audience of readers as well as to scholars and students.

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Editorial Board, Library of Arabic Literature

General Editor:
Philip F. Kennedy (NYU)

Executive Editors:
James E. Montgomery (University of Cambridge)
Shawkat M. Toorawa (Yale University)

Sean Anthony (Ohio State University)
Julia Bray (University of Oxford)
Michael Cooperson (UCLA)
Joseph E. Lowry (University of Pennsylvania)
Maurice Pomerantz (NYUAD)
Tahera Qutbuddin (University of Chicago)
Devin J. Stewart (Emory University)

Editorial Director:
Chip Rossetti (NYU Press)

Assistant Editor:
Lucie Taylor (NYU Press)

Administrative Coordinator:
Amani Alzoubi (NYUAD)

International Advisory Board, Library of Arabic Literature

Muhammad Abdel-Haleem (School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London)
Roger Allen (University of Pennsylvania)
Anthony Appiah (New York University)
Aziz al-Azmeh (Central European University, Budapest)
Zvi Ben-Dor Benite (New York University)
Peter Cole (Jerusalem and New Haven)
Humphrey Davies (Cairo)
Nadia El Cheikh (American University of Beirut)
Geert Jan van Gelder (University of Oxford)
Antonella Ghersetti (Università Ca’ Foscari, Venice)
H.E. Omar Sayf Ghobash (UAE)
Beatrice Gruendler (Free University of Berlin)
Dimitri Gutas (Yale University)
Robert Hoyland (New York University)
Robert Irwin (London)
Sherman Jackson (University of Southern California)
Marion Katz (New York University)
Jane Dammen McAuliffe (Bryn Mawr College)
Angelika Neuwirth (Freie Universität, Berlin)
Zaki Nusseibeh (Minister of State, UAE)
Wen-chin Ouyang (School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London)
Wadad Kadi (University of Chicago)
Tim Reiss (New York University)
Chase F. Robinson (The Graduate Center of The City University of New York)
Everett Rowson (New York University)
Michael Sells (University of Chicago)
Richard Sieburth (New York University)
Ali bin Tamim (Sheikh Zayed Book Award, Abu Dhabi)
David Waines (Lancaster University)
Marina Warner (Birkbeck College, University of London)

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