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Elias Muhanna
Elias Muhanna has contributed to The New Yorker since 2014. He is the author of “The World in a Book: Al-Nuwayri and the Islamic Encyclopedic Tradition,” and the translator, from the Arabic, of the fourteenth-century encyclopedia “The Ultimate Ambition in the Arts of Erudition.” His essays and criticism have appeared in The Nation, the New York Times, and other periodicals. A scholar of classical Arabic literature and Islamic intellectual history, he received his Ph.D. from Harvard University, in 2012, and is currently a professor of comparative literature at Brown University.
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Punch Line Dept.February 11, 2019 Issue
Karl Sharro’s Acid-Tinged Satire of the Middle East
On a trip to New York, the London-based comedian paid a visit to the Met in search of cultural ancestors.
By Elias MuhannaFebruary 4, 2019
Culture Desk
A New History of Arabia, Written in Stone
How strange rocks—and an obscure language—are changing a decades-old academic consensus.
By Elias MuhannaMay 23, 2018
Culture Desk
Mashrou’ Leila and the Night Club’s Political Power
Hamed Sinno, the lead singer and lyricist of the Lebanese group Mashrou’ Leila, may be the most prominent gay musician in the Arab world.
By Elias MuhannaJuly 31, 2017
News Desk
Is Lebanon’s New Electoral System a Path Out of Sectarianism?
The supporters of the new law hope that a political system built on the principle of fostering coexistence might be insulated from a region wracked by sectarianism.
By Elias MuhannaJune 29, 2017
Culture Desk
What Gertrude Bell’s Letters Remind Us About the Founding of Iraq
Bell was entrusted by the British government, on the basis of her unparalleled knowledge of the region, to sketch out Iraq’s borders.
By Elias MuhannaJune 14, 2017
Culture Desk
The Contradictions of Reza Aslan’s “Believer”
The scholar’s CNN show amounts to a canny sort of evangelism—not for any one religion in particular, but for his own brand of universal spirituality.
By Elias MuhannaApril 9, 2017
News Desk
The Fate of a Joke in Lebanon
In a country with the most liberal press in the Arab world, three comic-book artists found out that you can’t say whatever you want.
By Elias MuhannaSeptember 26, 2015
Culture Desk
Hacking the Humanities
In the past decade, digital scholarship has gone from being a quirky corner of the humanities to a mainstream phenomenon.
By Elias MuhannaJuly 7, 2015
Page-Turner
Iraq and Syria’s Poetic Borders
Despite the claims of Muslim extremists, the borders of Syria and Iraq aren't purely the product of Western colonialism.
By Elias MuhannaAugust 13, 2014
Page-Turner
Translating “Frozen” Into Arabic
By Elias MuhannaMay 30, 2014
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