April 15: Nabil Matar

the Middle East History and Theory (MEHAT) Workshop is delighted to announce the following talk, in cooperation with the CMES Friday Lecture Series:

Dr. Nabil Matar

Professor of English at the University of Minnesota

Henry Stubbe and the First Use of Christian Arabic Sources about Muhammad

Time: Friday, April 15, 4:00–5:30 pm
Location: Pick 016, 5828 S University Ave

Nabil Matar received his Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Cambridge. He taught at the University of Jordan and the American University of Beirut. In 1986, he moved to the Florida Institute of Technology where he became Professor of English in 1988 and Head of the Department of Humanities and Communication between 1997 and 2007. In fall 2007, he began his tenure as Professor of English at the University of Minnesota. He has published on Thomas Traherne, Peter Sterry, and Restoration religious literature. In the early 1990s, he began exploring the archives of Anglo-Islamic history in England, Tunisia, and Morocco and completed a trilogy on Britain and the Islamic Mediterranean: Islam in Britain, 1558-1685 (Cambridge UP, 1998); Turks, Moors, and Englishmen in the Age of Discovery (Columbia UP, 1999); and Britain and Barbary 1589-1689 (UP of Florida, 2005). A project on the image of Europeans in early modern Arabic thought resulted in In the Lands of the Christians: Arabic Travel Writing in the Seventeenth Century (Routledge, 2003) and Europe through Arab Eyes, 1578-1727 (Columbia UP, 2008), and the newly-published Britain and the Islamic World, 1558-1713 (Oxford UP, 2011) with Gerald MacLean. Forthcoming works are The Holy Land in Early Modern Imagination, co-edited with Judy Hayde (Brill, 2011), and an annotated edition of Henry Stubbe’s The Rise and Progress of Mahometanism (Columbia UP, 2011).

This event is sponsored by the Renaissance Workshop, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, and the Franke Institute for the Humanities. Please join us for a reception after the talk. Persons who require assistance can contact us at mehat2011@gmail.com.

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