q University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
- PhD in Arabic-Islamic studies, 2003-2012
- Dissertation: “The Maqāmahas Prosimetrum: A Comparative Investigation of Its Origin, Form and Function”
q Peking University, Beijing, China.
- MA in Arabic-Islamic studies, 2003; thesis “Historical Reflections on the Making of Countries of the Fertile Crescent after the WWI”
- BA in Arabic language and literature, 2000; thesis “Witness of History and Footprint of Civilization: An Initial Analysis of Syria’s Role in Eastern and Western Cultural Histories”
q Damascus University, Damascus, Syria.
- Exchange student, 1998-1999
- “Sajʿand the Chinese Rhymed Prose,” in Beida zhongdong yanjiu [Middle East Studies of PKU] (Beijing: shehui kexue wenxian chubanshe, 2016), pp. 64-87.
- “Delights in Paradise: A Comparative Survey of Heavenly Food and Drink in the Quran,” in Roads to Paradise: Eschatology and Concepts of the Hereafter in Islam, eds. S. Günther and T. Lawson, Brill Publishers (2016), pp. 251-270.
- Review of Emanations of Grace: Mystical Poems by ʿĀʾishah al-Baʿūnīyah (d. 923/1517), ed. and trans. by Th. Emil Homerin (Louisville, K.Y.: Fons Vitae, 2011), in Journal of American Oriental Society134:2 (2014), pp. 350-351.
- “Spice, Spiced Wine, and Pure Wine,” in Journal of American Oriental Society, 128:2 (2008), pp. 311-316.
Manuscripts in preparation
- Book: When Menippus Wrote in Arabic: The Emergence of the Maqāmah Genre in the Tenth Century(Edinburgh Studies in Classical Arabic Literature, Series Editor(s): Wen-chin Ouyang, Julia Bray)
- Translation: Hamazhani makamei ji[The Rhymed Chinese Translation of al-Hamadhānī’s Maqāmāt] (Beijing: the Commercial Press, submitted in 2018).
- “Al-Ṣaymarī the Misanthrope,” the 226thMeeting of the American Oriental Society, Boston (March 2016).
- “The Maqāmātand the Graeco-Arabic Translation Movement in the 4th/10th century,” invited talk, the Center for Classical Studies and the Department of History, Peking University (November 2015).
- “Adaband adīb in the Abbasid Dynasty,” invited talk, the Department of History, Fudan University (October 2013).
- “Al-Tanūkhī’s Sources: A Rereading of ‘The Daughter of the Qāḍīof Ramla’,” the 223rd Meeting of the American Oriental Society, Portland (March 2013).
- “The Virtues of Al-Ṣaymarī,” the 46thAnnual Meeting of the Middle East Studies Association, Denver (November 2012).
- “The Maqāmātand Ancient Greek Literature,” invited talk, the Center for Classical Studies, Peking University (June 2012).
- “To Begin with Tears: Framing Devices in qaṣīdaand maqāma,” the 222nd Meeting of the American Oriental Society, Boston (March 2012).
- “From the Stimulito the Purple-Flowering Pear: A Rereading of al-Hamadhānī’s Maḍīra,” the 220th Meeting of the American Oriental Society, St. Louis (March 2010).
- “The ‘Doggerels’ of the Maqāmāt,” the 43rdAnnual Meeting of the Middle East Studies Association, Boston (November 2009).
- “The Glass Floor and the Qurʾān 27: 44,” the 219thMeeting of the American Oriental Society, Albuquerque (March 2009).
- “The Maqāma of Poesieand the Talking Parrot,” the 42nd Annual Meeting of the Middle East Studies Association, Washington, DC (November 2008).
- “Spice, Spiced Wine and Pure Wine,” the 218thMeeting of the American Oriental Society, Chicago (March 2008).
- “Sajʿand the Chinese Rhymed Prose,” the 41st Annual Meeting of the Middle East Studies Association, Montreal (November 2007).
- “Abū Bishr and the Arabic Poetics,” the 22ndAnnual Middle East History and Theory Conference at the University of Chicago (May 2007).
- “Who Travels in the Maqāmātof al-Hamadhānī?” the 7th Annual Graduate Humanities Forum at the University of Pennsylvania (February 2007).
- “Dreams and Morals: A Study of Maʿrūf the Cobblerand the Governor of the Southern Tributary State,” the 20th Annual Middle East History and Theory Conference at the University of Chicago (May 2005).
q Teaching Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania for:
- Introduction to the Islamic Intellectual Tradition (Spring 2006)
- Arabic Literary Heritage (Fall 2005)
- Introduction to the Middle East (Spring 2005)
- Classical Islamic Law (Fall 2004)
q Teaching Assistant at Peking University for:
- Intensive Readings in Arabic, level III (Fall 2001)
q Instructor at Soochow University for:
- Writing As Communication (Fall 2013)
- New Concept English II (July-August, 2013)
q Lecturer at Iowa State University for:
- Arabic 101 (Oct. 2015)
- Arabic 201 (Oct. 2015)
- Guest lecturer on the illustrations of the Maqāmāt for “Art of Islam,” Iowa State University (Nov. 9, 2015)
- Invited columnist on Islam for thepaper.cn (June 2015-).
- Translator and invited columnist on Arabic culture for arabic.china.org.cn (August 2014-)
- Subject consultant for Bourchier Ltd in making the Chinese translation of A History of the Arabian Peninsula(May 2014-April 2015).
- Referee for The Journal of the Oriental Society of Australia(June 2013)
- Interpreter for the delegation of the Writers’ Association of Syria during their ten days’ visit in Beijing, Xi’an, Shanghai and Hangzhou (June 2001).
- Interpreter for the 1stIntensive Workshop of the Arab Officials of Economy and Commerce in Fragrant Hill hotel, Beijing (May 2001).
Awards and honors
q Graduate Student Award for Travel to the AOS Annual Meeting (American Oriental Society, 2008, 2009, 2012)
q Dissertation Completion Fellowship (University of Pennsylvania, 2009-2010)
q SAS Travel Subvention Request Fund (University of Pennsylvania, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009)
q William Penn Fellowship (University of Pennsylvania, 2003-2008)
q Youda Scholarship (Peking University, 2001-2002)
q The 2nd prize winner of the seniors’ group in the National Arabic-Chinese Translation Competition (Chinese Teachers of Arabic Association, Dec. 1999)
q Academic Excellence Prize (Peking University, 1996-1997)
- Arabic, English
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