Dr. A.M. Al-Jallad

Position:
  • Assistant Professor
Expertise:
  • Ancient Arabia
  • Arabic and Semitic Linguistics


Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 2223
E-Mail: a.m.al-jallad@hum.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Leiden Institute for Area Studies, SMES APT
Office Address: Witte Singel-complex
Witte Singel 25/M. de Vrieshof 4
2311 BZ Leiden
Room number 1.07B
Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 2223
E-Mail: a.m.al-jallad@hum.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Leiden Univ Centre for Linguistics, LUCL Taalwetenschap
Office Address: Witte Singel-complex
Witte Singel 25/M. de Vrieshof 4
2311 BZ Leiden
Room number 1.07B


Fields of interest

Ahmad Al-Jallad specializes in the early history of Arabic and North Arabian.  He has done research on Arabic from the pre-Islamic period based on documentary sources, the Graeco-Arabica (Arabic in Greek transcription from the pre-Islamic period), language classification, North Arabian epigraphy, and historical Semitic linguistics.  He has written the first grammar of Safaitic, a corpus of Ancient North Arabian inscriptions from northern Jordan and southern Syria, and is currently completing a comprehensive study of pre-Islamic Arabic based on documentary sources from the 6th century CE and earlier.  Al-Jallad has taught courses on North Arabian epigraphy, the historical grammar of Arabic, Arabic linguistic diversity, and the linguistic history of the Middle East. 

Education

Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University (2012) with distinction

External Website

leidenuniv.academia.edu/AhmadAlJallad

Key publications

  • An Outline of the Grammar of the Safaitic Inscriptions. Leiden: Brill (2015)

  • “An ancient Arabian zodiac: the constellations in the Safaitic inscriptions, Part I”. AAE 25: 214-230 (2014)

  • “Graeco-Arabica I: The Southern Levant”. In: Le Le contexte de naissance de l’écriture arabe. Écrit et écritures araméennes et arabes au 1er millénaire après J.-C., Actes du colloque international du projet ANR Syrab, edited by F. Briquel-Chatonnet, M. Debié, and L. Nehmé. Louvain: Peeters (2015)

  • “On the genetic background of the ʿgl bn Hfʿm grave inscription at Qaryat al-Faw”. BSOAS: 1-21 (2014).

Teaching

- Linguistic History of the Middle East (BA)
- Historical Grammar of Arabic (MA Seminar)
- Introduction to Ancient North Arabian (MA tutorial)
- Arabic Dialectology (linguistic diversity) (BA)
- Arabic Texts (BA)
- The sociolinguistics of the Middle East

Last Modified: 11-12-2015