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Alexander Key

Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature


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Alexander Key is a scholar of Classical Arabic literature whose interests range across the intellectual history of the Arabic and Persian-speaking worlds from the seventh century onwards. Language Between God and the Poets (Berkeley: 2018) explains Classical Arabic theories about poetry and philosophy to all who are interested in how language produces affect and reflects the world. Key teaches a survey of the canon of Arabic poetry from before Islam to the present day, and  a survey of great Arabic books across a similar period. In 2018-2019 he will teach the new “Middle East” track in the Humanities Core.