Nizar F. Hermes
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 HoursM 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM T 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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."
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
The City in Arabic Literature: Classical and Modern Perspectives, co-edited volume with Gretchen Head (Edinburgh University Press).
Of Cities and the Poetic Imagination in the Premodern and Precolonial Maghrib: 9th-19th Centuries AD (under contract McGill-Queens Universty Press)
“It Eclipsed Cairo and Outshone Baghdād, Ibn Rashīq’s Elegy for Qayrawān.” Forthcoming in Journal of Arabic Literature 49. 1 (2018).
“The Poet(ry) of Frankish Enchantment: Forgotten Ibn al-Qaysarānī and his Forgotten Ifranjiyyāt (Poems on the Franks).” Forthcoming in Middle Eastern Literatures 20. 3 (Dec. 2017).
“Woe to Qayrawan!” Ibn Sharaf's Lāmiyya, the Plight of Refugees and the Cityscape.” The City in Arabic Literature: Classical and Modern Perspectives. Eds. Nizar F. Hermes and Gretchen Head (Edinburgh University Press, December 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.
“Classical and Medieval 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: 83-96.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“King Arthur in the Lands of the Saracens.” Nebula: Journal of Multidisciplinary Scholarship. 4(2007): 131-145.