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Barlaam and Josaphat in Arabic Literature and Culture


Kirill Dmitriev

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Senior Lecturer in Arabic

Department of Arabic and Persian

School of Modern Languages

University of St Andrews 

Kirill Dmitriev is Senior Lecturer in Arabic at the University of St Andrews, Scotland. His research interests include early and classical Arabic poetry, Arab cultural history, the historical semantics of the Arabic language and Digital Humanities. His current research projects are the Analytical Database of Arabic Poetry and Khamriyya as a World Poetic Genre. He is co-founder and alumnus of the Arab-German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities (

Bilal Orfali

Sheikh Zayed Chair for Arabic and Islamic Studies

Professor and Chairperson

Department of Arabic and Near Eastern Languages

American University of Beirut

Bilal Orfali, Ph.D. (2009), Yale University, is Sheikh Zayed Chair for Arabic and Islamic Studies at the American University of Beirut and Visiting Professor at New York University Abu Dhabi. Prof Orfali is alumnus of the Arab-German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities ( He previously held the M.S. Sofia Chair in Arabic Studies at the Ohio State University. He specializes in Arabic literature, Sufism, and Qurʾānic Studies, and co-edits al-Abhath Journal and Brill’s series Texts and Studies on the Qur’an and Handbooks on Islamic Mysticism.

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Verena Lepper

Curator for Egyptian and Oriental Papyri Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung Staatliche Museen zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz


Verena Lepper is Honorary Professor at the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin and Principal Investigator in the ERC project ELEPHANTINE. She is co-founder and Principal Investigator of the Arab-German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities (


Carsten Walbiner

Lina Jammal

American University of Beirut

Lina Jammal holds a Ph.D. degree in Arabic and Near Eastern Languages from the American University of Beirut, Lebanon. Her research focuses on dreams and dream interpretation in pre-modern Arab-Muslim culture. She studies dreams in historical, literary, and religious contexts and is working on critical editions of Arabic dream manuals based on manuscripts. Moreover, Lina’s research interests include re-examining Abbasid Literature with new interdisciplinary perspectives, such as examining visual culture through literary sources.


Estrella Samba Campos

University of St Andrews

Estrella Samba Campos obtained her Ph.D. degree in Arabic Studies from the University of St Andrews, Scotland. Her research explores the concept of ʿilm (knowledge) as a literary phenomenon and examines the correlation between ʿilm and adab in early ʿAbbāsid literature. She is particularly interested in the examination of aural and written modes of knowledge transmission in early Islam and its place within late antiquity.

Hebah Tarman

American University of Beirut

Hiba Turman is a master’s student in History & Islamic Studies at Marmara University, Turkey and a graduate of American University of Beirut’s MEM program in Engineering Management. She is primarily interested in the Social and political history of the Ottoman Empire and Arab East and is currently writing her thesis on the Lebanese civil war of the mid nineteenth century. 

Anushé Omar Samee

University of St Andrews

Anushé Samee is an honours student of Arabic and Comparative Literature at the University of St Andrews, Scotland. Her areas of interest include world literature, classical Arab literature, as well as decolonialism and postcolonialism in the Arab world.