Notes on Contributors

Michael G. Carter after a D.Phil. (Oxon.) taught at Sydney University (1968–1985), New York University (1986–1996) and Oslo University (1996 until retirement in 2004). Research interests are Sībawayhi and early Arabic grammatical theory, and the relationship between grammar, law and philosophy in early Islam.

Jean N. Druel (b. 1971) is French and lives in Cairo. Since October 2014, he is director of the Dominican Institute for Oriental Studies (IDEO). After a Master’s Degree in theology and Coptic patrology (Paris, 2002), he graduated in Teaching Arabic as Foreign Language at the American University (AUC, 2006). In 2012, he completed a Ph.D. thesis in the history of Arabic grammar at the University of Nijmegen, in the Netherlands, under the supervision of Kees Versteegh. He currently works on an edition of Sībawayhi’s Kitāb.

Almog Kasher Ph.D. (2007), Bar-Ilan University, is Lecturer at the Department of Arabic of that university. His main field of study is the medieval Arabic grammatical tradition, with an emphasis on its early history, commentaries on Sībawayhi, and pedagogical grammars.

Aryeh Levin was born in Israel in 1937. He is Professor Emeritus of Arabic at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He wrote his Ph.D. thesis on The ʾimāla in the Arabic dialects (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1971). His main fields of research are: Arabic Medieval grammatical thought and terminology, history of the Arabic language, and modern Arabic dialects. He was the Head of the Department of Arabic Language and Literature, 1987–1992, and the Head of the Institute of Asian and African Studies of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1992–1998. In 2010 he was awarded the prestigious “Israel Prize in General Linguistics” for his achievements in the field of Arabic linguistics.

Avigail Noy is Assistant Professor of Arabic Studies in the Department of Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. She specializes in medieval Arabic literary theory and in the Arabic literary and linguistic traditions more broadly. Her research focuses on the historical development of Arabic poetics and rhetoric, the intersection between poetics and hermeneutics, and the theory of metaphorical language. She holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University (2016) and a B.A. and M.A. from Tel Aviv University.

Arik Sadan holds a B.A. in linguistics and Arabic language and literature (2001) and an M.A. (2004) and Ph.D. (2010) in Arabic language and literature, all from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His research fields are Arabic grammatical thought, Arab grammarians, Classical, Modern and Colloquial Arabic linguistics, manuscripts in Arabic grammar and in recent years also Judaeo-Arabic Bible commentary. He teaches various courses in various academic institutions in these fields. In addition to the publication of several articles, he published four books: A critical edition of the grammatical treatise Taḏkirat jawāmiʿ al-ʾadawāt by Muḥammad b. Aḥmad b. Maḥmūd (Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2012); The subjunctive mood in Arabic grammatical thought (Leiden: Brill, 2012), which is a revised English version of his Ph.D. thesis; and, together with Almog Kasher, A critical edition of the grammatical treatise Mīzān al-ʿarabiyya by Ibn al-ʾAnbārī (d. 577/1181) (Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2018). His fourth book is The Arabic translation and commentary of Yefet ben ʿEli the Karaite on the Book of Job, Karaite Texts and Studies, volume 12 (Leiden: Brill, 2019).

Beata Sheyhatovitch Ph.D. (2016), Tel Aviv University, is Lecturer at the Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies of that university. She is the author of The distinctive terminology in Šarḥ al-Kāfiya by Raḍī l-Dīn al-ʾAstarābāḏī (Leiden: Brill, 2018) and of several research articles on the medieval Arabic linguistic tradition.

Shlomit Shraybom-Shivtiel Ph.D., was a member of the senior academic staff of the Department of Arabic at Bar-Ilan University, Israel. She was the Head of the Department of Arabic Studies at Kaye Academic College of Education, Israel. After her retirement, she taught at the Jewish Theological Seminary, New-York. Her fields of research are Arabic linguistics and sociolinguistics. Her study mainly focuses on the development of Arabic vis-à-vis historical and sociological changes as reflected in the work of the Arabic language academies in the Arab World. Her publications include her book The renaissance of the Arabic language and the idea of nationalism in Egypt (Hebrew. Jerusalem: Magnes, 2005).

Avi Tal received his Ph.D. in 2007. His doctoral dissertation topic was “Rabbi Tanḥum ha-Yerušalmi’s exegetic methods in his Commentary on the Books of II Kings, Isaiah, Jeremiah and Ezekiel according to manuscripts from the Bodleian Library and the St. Petersburg Library” (under the supervision of Prof. David Doron, Department of Arabic, Bar-Ilan University). He presently works as a research fellow at The Centre for Interdisciplinary Research of the Cairo Genizah (University of Haifa). His field of research is Judaeo-Arabic culture.