Chip Rossetti (Library of Arabic Literature) in Conversation with Bilal Orfali (Fisk 313, Thursday, April 19, 5:30 pm)
The Library of Arabic Literature series offers 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, history, and historiography.
Books in the series are edited and translated by internationally recognized scholars and are published in parallel-text format with Arabic and English on facing pages, and are also made available as English-only paperbacks.
The Library encourages scholars to produce authoritative, though not necessarily critical, Arabic editions, accompanied by modern, lucid English translations. Its ultimate goal is to introduce the rich, largely untapped Arabic literary heritage to both a general audience of readers as well as to scholars and students.
The Library of Arabic Literature is directed by a group of distinguished scholars from around the world. The Editorial Board comprises Philip F. Kennedy of New York University, who serves as the General Editor; James E. Montgomery, Sir Thomas Adams’s Professor of Arabic at the University of Cambridge, and Shawkat M. Toorawa, Professor of Arabic at Yale University, who serve as the Executive Editors; and Julia Bray (University of Oxford), Michael Cooperson (University of California, Los Angeles), Joseph E. Lowry (University of Pennsylvania), Tahera Qutbuddin (University of Chicago), Devin Stewart (Emory University), Sean Anthony (Ohio State University), and Maurice Pomerantz (New York University Abu Dhabi), who serve as Editors. The ten Editors are involved in the commissioning of texts, the selection of editor-translators, the review of manuscripts, and the vetting of the final edition-translations. In addition, a twenty-nine member International Advisory Board provides the Editors with guidance and direction for the series as a whole.