Associate Professor of Comparative Literature, Associate Professor of History


I am a scholar of classical Arabic literature and medieval Islamic history at Brown University. My publications include The World in a Book: al-Nuwayri and the Islamic Encyclopedic Tradition (Princeton University Press, 2018); a translation of Hanna Diyab's 18th-century memoir, The Book of Travels (NYU Press, 2021); and a selected translation of Shihab al-Din al-Nuwayri's 14th-century Arabic compendium, The Ultimate Ambition in the Arts of Erudition (Penguin, 2016). 

My essays and criticism have been published in The New Yorker, The London Review of Books, The New York Times, The Nation, and other periodicals. 

I welcome inquiries from prospective PhD students interested in encyclopedism, medieval Islamic intellectual history, book history, orientalism, classical Arabic literature and literary theory, and the history of the Arabic language.

For more information about my scholarly work, teaching, and public writing, please see my personal website.

Office address: Prospect House, room 206. 

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