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Professor James Montgomery


Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (Arabic)
Fellow type
Staff Fellow
Phone number

+44 1223 332547


Staff Fellow in A&MES; The Sir Thomas Adams's Professor of Arabic


Prof Montgomery is Sir Thomas Adams’s Professor of Arabic. His long-term project is to explore the third/ninth century through the writings of ʿAmr ibn Baḥr al-Jāḥiẓ (d. 255/868-9). This is complemented by a project to edit and translate the early tenth century historiographical masterpiece by al-Ashʿarī, The Doctrines of the Islamicists.

His other major interest revolves around literary translation and the translation of classical Arabic poetry in particular.