Dr Emily Selove
Senior Lecturer of Medieval Arabic Language and Literature
Dr Selove was a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Manchester from 2012-2014, working on the ERC-funded Arabic Commentaries on the Hippocratic Aphorisms project. She has articles published and in progress on medieval Arabic medicine and magic. She is currently the PI of a Leverhulme-funded research project, "A Sorcerer's Handbook," which will create an edition, translation, and literary study of Sirāj al-Dīn al-Sakkākī's (d. 1229) magic handbook,Kitāb al-Shāmil wa-baḥr al-kāmil: blogs.exeter.ac.uk/thesorcerershandbook/
I am happy to supervise projects about medieval Arabic literature and magic, as well as influences of Greek and Roman literatures on these traditions, and receptions of Arabic writing in both medieval and modern Europe.
Current PhD Students:
Hassan Asiri: Argumentative Dimensions in the Sareeh Hijazi Ghazal Poetry in Umayyad Period
Mohammed Sanad: Analysing the critical style of Abu-Hilāl al-ʾAskarī (395- 400 AH).
External impact and engagement
Baghdad at the Centre of a World, 8th-13th century: An Introductory Textbook
The city of Baghdad during the 8th to the 13th centuries CE was one of the most important centers of cultural production in human history. A melting pot of languages, religions, and ethnicities, it produced thinkers and artists whose impact on the sciences, literatures, and cultures of the Middle East and Europe is still felt today. In countries like the UK and the USA, however, the importance of this time and place in human history is often barely mentioned in schools. This textbook will provide teachers with reliable and engaging material with which to introduce the dynamic medieval city of Baghdad to their students; it can be used by both students in school or by introductory level university classes, depending on the amount of support provided by the teacher to readers of the textbook. Included among the authors of this textbook are some of the leading names in the field, all conducting ground-breaking research on the history, culture, religion, and writing of this city.