Ross Brann studied at the University of California-Berkeley, the Hebrew University-Jerusalem, New York University, and the American University in Cairo. He has taught at Cornell since 1986 and served seventeen years as Chair of the Department of Near Eastern Studies. Professor Brann is the author of The Compunctious Poet: Cultural Ambiguity and Hebrew Poetry in Muslim Spain (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1991) and Power in the Portrayal: Representations of Muslims and Jews in Islamic Spain (Princeton University Press, 2002). He has received fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Center for Advanced Judaic Studies of the University of Pennsylvania. Brann is also the editor of four volumes and author of essays on the intersection of medieval Jewish and Islamic cultures. He is currently working on Andalusi Moorings: Al-Andalus and Sefarad as Tropes of Muslim and Jewish Culture. In 2007 he was appointed Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow. In June 2010 Brann stepped down as the faculty co-chair of the West Campus House System Council after six years of service as Alice Cook House Professor-Dean.
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- Cornell Contexts lecture on "The Life Before Us"
- "When The Jews Spoke and Wrote Mostly Arabic" Inside Higher Ed
- "Last Lecture: A Mediterranean Journey"
- "When The Jews Spoke and Wrote Mostly Arabic" WAMC Northeast Public Radio
- "Moses Maimonides: Loving God with the Mind"
- "Why Cordoba?" Tablet: A New Read on Jewish Life
- CornellCast: An Abrahamic Dialogue
- Islam: Conclusion
- Islam: Islam as a civilization
- Islam: Islam as a religion
- Islam: Introduction
- Near Eastern Studies Profile
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