Toorawa, Shawkat M.

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Shawkat M. Toorawa (B.A., A.M., Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania) is Associate Professor of Arabic Literature and Islamic Studies. His interests are classical and medieval Arabic literature, the Qur'an, modern poetry, and the Indian Ocean. He is co-author of Interpreting the Self: Autobiography in the Arabic Literary Tradition (California, 2001); translator of Adonis's A Time Between Ashes and Roses: Poems (Syracuse, 2004); co-editor of Law and Education in Medieval Islam: Studies in Memory of George Makdisi (Gibb, 2004); co-editor of Arabic Literary Culture, 500-925 (ThomsonGale, 2005); author of Ibn Abi Tahir Tayfur and Arabic Writerly Culture: A Ninth-Century Bookman in Baghdad (RoutledgeCurzon, 2005); editor of The Western Indian Ocean: Essays on Islands and Islanders (HTT, 2007); and co-editor of Islam: A short guide to the faith (Eerdmans). He is preparing an edition and translation of the Shifa' al-‘alil by the eighteenth-century belletrist Azad Bilgrami.  He is a Mellon Foundation New Directions Fellow; and Co-Executive Editor of the Library of Arabic Literature, an initiative to edit and translate the premodern Arabic literary heritage.

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