The Library of Arabic Literature makes available Arabic editions and English translations of significant works of Arabic literature, with an emphasis on the seventh to nineteenth centuries. The Library of Arabic Literature thus includes texts from the pre-Islamic era to the cusp of the modern period, and encompasses a wide range of genres, including poetry, poetics, fiction, religion, philosophy, law, science, travel writing, history, and historiography.

Books in the series are edited and translated by internationally recognized scholars. They are published in parallel-text and English-only editions in both print and electronic formats. PDFs of Arabic editions are available for free download. The Library of Arabic Literature also publishes distinct scholarly editions with critical apparatus and a separate Arabic-only series aimed at young readers.

The Library encourages scholars to produce authoritative Arabic editions, accompanied by modern, lucid English translations, with the ultimate goal of introducing Arabic’s rich literary heritage to a general audience of readers as well as to scholars and students.

The Library of Arabic Literature is directed by a group of distinguished scholars from around the world. The Editorial Board comprises Philip F. Kennedy of New York University, who serves as the General Editor; James E. Montgomery, Sir Thomas Adams’s Professor of Arabic at the University of Cambridge, and Shawkat M. Toorawa, Professor of Arabic at Yale University, who serve as the Executive Editors; and Julia Bray (University of Oxford), Michael Cooperson (University of California, Los Angeles), Joseph E. Lowry (University of Pennsylvania), Tahera Qutbuddin (University of Chicago), Devin J. Stewart (Emory University), Sean Anthony (Ohio State University), and Maurice Pomerantz (New York University Abu Dhabi), who serve as Editors. The ten Editors are involved in the commissioning of texts, the selection of editor-translators, the review of manuscripts, and the vetting of the final edition-translations. In addition, a thirty-member International Advisory Board provides the Editors with guidance and direction for the series as a whole.

The Library of Arabic Literature has a Fellowship and grants program (please note that indirect costs are not supported). The Fellowship program is supervised by General Editor Philip Kennedy in consultation with the Editorial Board.

The Library of Arabic Literature is supported by a grant from the New York University Abu Dhabi Institute and is published by NYU Press.

Philip F. Kennedy
General Editor, Library of Arabic Literature