Professor Geert Jan van Gelder

Research Fellow, Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Oxford; Laudian Professor of Arabic emeritus, University of Oxford; Emeritus Fellow, St John’s College, Oxford; Fellow, British Academy; Member, KNAW.

Current research interests

- complete edition & annotated English translation of Ibn Abī Uṣaybiʿah, ʿUyūn al-anbāʾ fī ṭabaqāt al-aṭibbāʾ (with several others);
- edition and annotated English translation of Abū l-Muṭahhar al-Azdī, Ḥikāyat Abī l-Qāsim al-Baghdādī (with Emily Selove);
- re-edition and annotated English translation of al-Shirbīnī, Hazz al-Quḥūf, together with al-Sanhūrī, Muḍḥik dhawī l-dhawq wa-l-niẓām fī ḥall shadharah min kalām ahl al-rīf al-ʿawāmm (as collaborator of Humphrey Davies).



Abū l-ʿAlāʾ al-Maʿarrī, The Epistle of Forgiveness (Risālat al-Ghufrān), or, A Pardon to Enter the Garden, ed. and tr. by Geert Jan van Gelder and Gregor Schoeler, 2 vols. New York and London: New York University Press, 2014 (Library of Arabic Literature)

Classical Arabic Literature: A Library of Arabic Literature Anthology, selected and translated by Geert Jan van Gelder, New York and London: New York University Press, 2013 (Library of Arabic Literature)

Sound and Sense in Classical Arabic Poetry, Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2013 (Arabische Studien, Band 10)

Takhyīl:The Imaginary in Classical Arabic Poetics. Part 1: Texts, selected, translated and annotated by Geert Jan van Gelder and Marlé Hammond, Part 2: Studies, edited by Geert Jan van Gelder and Marlé Hammond, [Cambridge:] Gibb Memorial Trust, 2008

Close Relationships: Incest and Inbreeding in Classical Arabic Literature, London: I.B. Tauris, 2005

Of Dishes and Discourse: Classical Arabic Literary Representations of Food, Richmond, Surrey: Curzon, 2000 (Curzon Studies in Arabic and Middle Eastern Literatures) [also published New York: Columbia University Press, as God’s Banquet: Food in Classical Arabic Literature]

The Bad and the Ugly: Attitudes Towards Invective Poetry (Hijāʾ) in Classical Arabic Literature, Leiden: Brill, 1988 (Publications of the “De Goeje Fund”, No. 26)

Beyond the Line: Classical Arabic Literary Critics on the Coherence and Unity of the Poem, Leiden: Brill, 1982 (Studies in Arabic Literature, Supplements to the Journal of Arabic Literature, vol. 8)

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