Dr Emily Selove


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Lecturer of Medieval Arabic Language and Literature

 Emily Selove received her PhD in 2012 from the University of California in Los Angeles in the department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, and her BA from Cornell University. Her work has focused on the figure of the uninvited guest (or "party-crasher") in medieval Arabic literature, and especially on Hikayat Abi l-Qasim (probably written in the 11th century). She recently published a monograph comparing this work to classical Greek and Roman sympotic texts. She is also co-editing and translating the unicum manuscript of this text with Professor Gerard van Gelder. 

Emily was a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Manchester from 2012-2014, working on the Arabic Commentaries on the Hippocratic Aphorisms project, where she was responsible for the transcription and collation of digital copies of manuscripts containing these important medical commentaries. She has articles published and in progress on medieval Arabic medical topics, in addition to the subject of comic banquet literature and the uninvited guest. She is currently editing a textbook about medieval Baghdad for use in schools. Future research plans include a literary study of al-Sakkaki's book of magical talismans and Hermetica, Kitab al-Shamil wa-bahr al-kamil, as part of a collaborative project on the reception and transmission of works perceived as dangerous or obscene.