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Emily Jane Selove

Emily Selove (PhD UCLA 2012) is a senior lecturer at the University of Exeter. Her work has focused on the figure of the uninvited guest (or "party-crasher") in medieval Arabic literature, and especially on Ḥikāyat Abī l-Qāsim. She published a monograph comparing this work to classical Greek and Roman sympotic texts: Ḥikāyat Abī l-Qāsim: A Literary Banquet (Edinburgh University Press, 2016). She is also co-editing and translating this text with Professor Geert Jan van Gelder. She recently edited a co-authored textbook about medieval Baghdad for use in schools, Baghdad at the Centre of a World, 8th–13th Century. She is now the principal investigator of a Leverhulme Trust–funded project, “The Sorcerer’s Handbook,” which aims to produce an edition, translation, and volume of essays about the magic handbook of Sirāj al-Dīn al-Sakkākī (d. 1229), Kitāb al-Shāmil wa-baḥr al-kāmil.

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