I teach Arabic literature of the Middle East before 1800: poetry, narrative, biography, advice literature, criticism.
Formal analysis of Classical Arabic literature; investigating its social uses and its cultural meanings. A special interest is literature and its links to material culture, particularly medicine and the arts.
With Wen-chin Ouyang (School of Oriental & African Studies, London),
I edit a new Edinburgh University Press monograph series: Edinburgh
Studies in Classical Arabic Literature. I am a member of the editorial
board of the Library of Arabic Literature (New York University Press), a
series modelled on the Loeb Classics.