Elias Muhanna is Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature and Middle East Studies at Brown University, where he teaches courses on classical Arabic literature and Islamic intellectual history. He earned his PhD in Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations from Harvard University, and his dissertation won the Bruce D. Craig Prize from the Mamluk Studies Review in 2012. His article, "The Sultan's New Clothes: Ottoman-Mamluk Gift Exchange in the 15th Century" (Muqarnas) was awarded the 2008 Margaret P. Sevcenko Prize by the Historians of Islamic Art Association, and he is currently completing a book on classical and early modern encyclopedic literature in the Islamic world. The book explores a golden age of Arabic encyclopedic literature that emerged in the scholarly centers of 14th-16th century Egypt and Syria, a period that witnessed the composition of enormous books covering a vast array of subjects, from literature, history, and geography, to law, theology, and exegesis.
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