Nizar F. Hermes

Assistant Professor

Short Bio

I  received a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Toronto’s Centre for Comparative Literature, in association with the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations. Before joining the University of Virginia, I had taught at the University of Toronto, Princeton University, and the University of Oklahoma. While my research interests are interdisciplinary and comparative in scope, I am particularly interested in medieval and early modern Islamic-European contacts, medieval and early modern Arabic-Islamic travel and diplomacy, North African and Andalusian studies, and classical Arabic-Islamic prose and poetry. 

141 New Cabell Hall

Office Hours

M 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM T 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Class Schedule:

ARAB4459/5559 “Readings in Classical Arabic-Islamic Prose.”

ARTR3245/5245 “Arabic Literary Delights: Humor, Food, and Erotology.”

ARAB4450/5559 "The Other in Premodern Arabic Sources."

MEST4991 "‘Occidentalism’: Europe in Middle Eastern Eyes, 9th-19th Centuries."

ARAB4993/8993 "Treasures of Classical Arabic Poetry."

 

 

Publications        

Books

The [European] Other in Medieval Arabic Literature and Culture, Ninth-Twelfth Century AD (The New Middle Ages). New York: Palgrave-Macmillan: 2012. 

Nominated for the 2015 Sheikh Zayed Book Award for Arabic Culture in Other Languages 

http://www.banipal.co.uk/news/index.cfm?newsid=189

Reviews:

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10848770.2016.1150074

http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid...

https://scholarworks.iu.edu/journals/index.php/tmr/article/view/17883/24001

http://www.jstor.org/stable/42587510?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents

 

Forthcoming

The City in Arabic Literature: Classical and Modern Perspectives, co-edited volume with Gretchen Head (Edinburgh University Press).

In Progress

Of Cities and the Poetic Imagination in the Premodern and Precolonial Maghrib: 9th-19th Centuries AD (under contract McGill-Queens Universty Press)                    

 

Articles

Forthcoming

 

"Classical and Post-Classical Arabic Literary Delights: Towards Teaching the Humanistic Literature of the Arabs." Arabic Literature for the Classroom: Teaching Methods, Theories, Themes and Texts.Ed. Mushin al-Musawi. New York: Routledge, 2017.

 

"Alas for Qayrawān! Ibn Sharaf Forgotten City-Elegies." The City in Arabic Literature: Classical and Modern Perspectives. Eds. Nizar F. Hermes and Gretchen Head. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2017.

 

 “Nicephorus’ Al-Qaṣīda al-Arminiyya: First English Annotated Translation and Comments.” Christian-Muslim Relations: A Reader (600-1500). Eds. David Thomas and Alex Mallett. Leiden: Brill, 2018.

 

Published

“Nostalgia for al-Andalus in Early Modern Moroccan Voyages en Espagne: al-Ghassānī’s Riḥlat al-wazīr fī iftikāk al-ʾasīr (1690-1691) as a Case Study. Journal of North African Studies, 21 (2016): 433-452.

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13629387.2015.1098541?journal...

“Why You Can't Believe the Arabian Historian Cide Hamete Benengeli: Islam and the Arabian Cultural Heritage in Don Quixote.” The Comparatist, 38 (2014): 206-226.

https://muse.jhu.edu/journals/the_comparatist/v038/38.hermes.html

“The Moor’s First Sight: An Arab Poet in a Ninth-Century Viking Court.” Historic Engagements with Occidental Cultures, Religions, Powers: Perceptions from Europe and Asia. Eds. Anne R. Richards and Iraj Omidvar (2014, Palgrave): 57-69.

http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1057%2F9781137405029_3

“Consorting with the Base Arabian, The Tragedie of Mariam, Faire Queene of Jewry (1613), from Discursive Ambivalence  to Orientalist Benevolence.” Journal of East-West Thought, 4 (2014): 59-71.

http://www.cpp.edu/~jet/img/jet10_cover.pdf

“The Orient’s Medieval ‘Orient(alism)’: The Rihla of Sulayman al-Tajir as a Case Study.” Orientalism Revisited: Art, Land, and Voyage. Ed. Ian R. Netton (Routledge, 2013): 207-222.

https://www.routledge.com/products/9780415538565

“The Byzantines in Medieval Arabic Poetry: Abu Firas’ Al-Rumiyyat and the Poetic Responses of al-Qaffal and Ibn  Hazm to Nicephorus Phocas’ Al-Qasida al-Arminiyya (The Armenian Ode).” Byzantina Symmeikta: Journal of the Institute for Byzantine Studies. 19 (2009): 35-61.

http://ejournals.epublishing.ekt.gr/index.php/bz/article/view/3121

“King Arthur in the Lands of the Saracens.” Nebula: Journal of Multidisciplinary Scholarship. 4(2007): 131-145.

 

 

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Griffith Chaussee

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Tessa Farmer

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Nizar F. Hermes

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