[skip to content]

Department of the Languages and Cultures of the Near and Middle East

Dr Stefan Sperl

BA (Oxon), PhD (London)

Overview

Staff Silhouette
Department of the Languages and Cultures of Near and Middle East

Senior Lecturer in Arabic

London Middle East Institute (LMEI)

Member

Centre for Migration and Diaspora Studies

Member

Centre for Cultural, Literary and Postcolonial Studies (CCLPS)

Member

Centre for Palestine Studies (CPS)

Member

Name:
Dr Stefan Sperl
Email address:
Telephone:
020 7898 4338
Address:
SOAS, University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Building:
Russell Square: College Buildings
Office No:
433
On Sabbatical:
Term 1 2012

Biography

Refugee Studies; Arabic literature

Teaching

Courses Taught
PhD Students supervised
  • Ayca Baydar, The Hybrid Identity of the Karamanlis
  • Hannah Erlwein, Arguments for the Existence of God in Classical Islamic Thought: Origins and Trajectories of the Discourse (working title)
  • Hany Rashwan, Working title: The question of the literary in approaches to Ancient Egyptian Literature: towards an Arabic-based critical approach " the debate between a man and his soul (BA) as a case study"
  • Peter Phillips, Poetry in the Arabic Popular Epic
  • Sibel Kocaer, The Figure of Hızır (Khidr) in Ottoman Literature
PhD Theses Supervised
  • Mohammad Abd Allah Abd al-Rahman, A Critical Edition of al-Ḥāṣir li-Fawāʾid al-Muqaddima li-Ṭāhir by ʿImād al-Islam Yaḥyā Ibn Ḥamza (669-750 AH), 1995.
  • Rabab Hamiduddin, The Qaṣīda of the Ṭayyibī Daʿwa and the Dīwān of Syedna ʿAlī b. Muḥammad al-Walīd, 2000.
  • Helen Blatherwick, Prophets, Gods and Kings: Islamic, Egyptian and Persian Cultural Strands in Sīrat Sayf Ibn Dhī Yazan, 2002, under revision for publication by E.J.Brill.
  • Makram Khoury-Machool, The Arab Press in Israel 1948-1968: Israeli Cultural Hegemony and Palestinian Nationalist and Communist Counter-Hegemony, 2002.
  • Nouha Khalifa, The Art of Narration in al-Tanūkhī’s Compilations, 2003; revised and published as Hardship and Deliverance in the Islamic Tradition: Theology and Spirituality in the Works of al-Tanūkhī, Palgrave Macmillan, London, 2010.
  • Raja Lahiani, Eastern Luminaries Disclosed to Western Eyes: a Critical Evaluation of the Translations of the Muʿallaqāt into English and French (1782-2000), 2005; revised and published by Peter Lang, Bern, 2008.
  • Meis Shaker Mahmud al-Kaisi, Nine Celebrated Ascetics: A Critical Edition and a Study of an Extract of Ḥilyat al-Awliyāʾ wa-Ṭabaqāt al-Aṣfiyā’ by Abū Nuʿaym al-Iṣfahanī (336/948 – 430/1038), 2006.
  • Stefan Soehnchen, Mapping Legal Consciousness: A Study of Palestinian Oral Narrative on Law in Israeli Society, 2007.
  • Arafat Madi Shoukri, Refugee Status in the Arab and Islamic Tradition : A Comparative Study of Jiwār, Amān and the 1951 Geneva Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, 2008; revised and published as Refugee Status in Islam: Concepts of Protection in Islamic Tradition and International Law, I.B.Taurus, 2011.
  • Paolo Novak, (The Production of) Who is a Refugee?, 2008.
  • Aziz K. Qutbuddin, Taḥmīd – A Literary Genre?, 2009; under revision for publication by E.J.Brill.
  • Walid Khazendar, Place in the Making: A Study on Image-Making in Early Arabic Poetry, 2010.
  • Sarah Bin Tyeer, Qubḥ and the Creative Process: The Concept of Ugliness in Pre-Modern Arabic Literature, 2010.
  • Peter Phillips, Bravery and Eloquence: Poetry in the Siyar Shaʿbīya, 2012.

Research

Refugee studies; Arabic Literature

Expertise

For help in contacting SOAS academics and advice on services to business and the community, please contact SOAS Enterprise on +44(0)20 7898 4837 or email enterprise@soas.ac.uk.
For all press and media enquiries please call +44 (0)20 7898 4135 or email comms@soas.ac.uk

Available for
  • Short Term Consultancy
  • Long Term Consultancy
  • Briefings
Regional Expertise
  • Africa
  • Near and Middle East
Country Expertise
  • Egypt
  • Sudan
  • Syria
Languages
  • Arabic
  • French
  • German

Publications

Authored Books

Sperl, Stefan and Moustafa, Ahmad (2014) The Cosmic Pen: Aesthetics in Islam and the Science of Arabic Letter-Shapes. London: Thames & Hudson. (Forthcoming)

Sperl, Stefan (1989) Mannerism in Arabic Poetry, A Structural Analysis of Selected Texts (9th - 11th Centuries AD). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (Cambridge studies in Islamic civilization)

Edited Books

Sperl, Stefan and Shackle, C., eds. (1996) Qasida Poetry in Islamic Africa and Asia (2 volumes). Leiden: Brill. (Studies in Arabic literature, v. 20)

Kreyenbroek, Philip G and Sperl, Stefan, eds. (1991) The Kurds, A Contemporary Overview. London: Routledge.

Book Chapters

Sperl, Stefan and Dedes, Yorgos (2013) '"In the Rosebower every Leaf is a Page of Delicate Meaning": An Arabic Perspective on Three Ottoman Kasides.' In: Eski Türk Edebiyatı Çalişmaları VIII. Istanbul: Turkuaz. (In Press)

Sperl, Stefan (2013) 'Islamic Spirituality and the Visual Arts.' In: Lawrence, B. and Cornell , V., (eds.), The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Islamic Spirituality. Wiley. (In Press)

Sperl, Stefan (2013) '"O City Set Up Thy Lament" - Poetic Responses to the Trauma of War.' In: Kennedy, Hugh, (ed.), War and Poetry in the Middle East. London: I.B. Taurus. (In Press)

Sperl, Stefan (2010) 'Man's "hollow core": ethics and aesthetics in hadith literature and classical Arabic adab.' In: Shah, Mustafa, (ed.), The Hadith - Critical Concepts in Islamic Studies, Volume IV, Narrative, Context and Content. London: Routledge, pp. 98-118.

Sperl, Stefan (2009) 'Islamic Kingship and Arabic Panegyric Poetry in the Early Ninth Century.' In: Stetkevych, Suzanne P., (ed.), Early Islamic Poetry and Poetics. Farnham: Ashgate Publishing, pp. 79-94.

Sperl, Stefan (2009) 'Darkness Transformed into Light: Ibn al-Mu'tazz on the Pen.' In: Allison, Christine and Joisten-Pruschke, Anke and Wendtland, Antje, (eds.), From Daēna to Dîn : Religion, Kultur und Sprache in der iranischen Welt ; Festschrift für Philip Kreyenbroek zum 60. Geburtstag. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, pp. 457-464.

Sperl, Stefan (2005) 'Empire and Magic in a Tuareg Novel: Ibrahim al-Kawni’s al-Khusuf (The Lunar Eclipse).' In: Ouyang, W. and Hart, S., (eds.), A Companion to Magical Realism. Woodbridge: Tamesis, pp. 237-246.

Sperl, Stefan (2004) 'Epic and Exile: Reflections on the Biography of the Prophet Muhammad.' In: Yousouf, G.S., (ed.), Reflections on Asian-European Epics. Kuala Lumpur: Asia-Europe Foundation.

Sperl, Stefan (2004) 'Reflections on the Biography of the Prophet Muhammad.' In: Sarwar-Youof, G, (ed.), Reflections on Asian-European Epics. Asia Europe Foundation (Thailand), pp. 100-121.

Sperl, Stefan (2000) 'In Celebration of Spring: A Poem by al-Sanawbari.' In: Hawting, R. and Mojaddedi, J.A. and Samely, A., (eds.), Studies in Islamic and Middle Eastern texts and traditions in memory of Norman Calder. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 287-296. (Journal of Semitic studies., Supplement, 12)

Sperl, Stefan (1996) 'Qasida Form and Mystic Path in 13th Century Egypt.' In: Sperl, Stefan and Shackle, C., (eds.), Qasida poetry in Islamic Asia and Africa. Leiden: Brill, pp. 65-82. (Studies in Arabic literature, v. 20)

Articles

Sperl, Stefan (2008) 'Scripture and Modernity: Editorial Preface.' Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, 71 (2). pp. 179-187.

Sperl, Stefan (2007) 'Man's "Hollow Core": Ethics and Aesthetics in Hadith Literature and Classical Arabic adab.' Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, 70 (3). pp. 459-486.

Sperl, Stefan (2006) ''The Lunar Eclipse': History, Myth and Magic in Ibrahim al-Kawni's First Novel.' Middle Eastern Literatures, 9 (3). pp. 237-55.

Sperl, Stefan (2006) 'Crossing Enemy Boundaries: Al-Buhturi's Ode on the Ruins of Ctesiphon Re-Read in the Light of Virgil and Wilfred Owen.' Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, 69 (3). pp. 365-79.

Sperl, Stefan (2006) 'Epic and Exile: Comparative Reflections on the Biography of the Prophet Muhammad, Virgil's Aeneid, and Valmiki's Ramayana.' Comparative Studies of South Asia Africa and the Middle East, 26 (1). pp. 96-104.

Sperl, Stefan (2002) 'International refugee aid and social change in northern Mali.' Refugee Survey Quarterly, 21 (1&2). pp. 147-159.

Sperl, Stefan (2000) 'Stabat Mater - Reflections on a Theme in German-Jewish and Palestinian-Arab Poetry.' Comparative Criticism, vol. 2 . pp. 105-129.

Sperl, Stefan (1994) 'The Literary Form of Prayer: Qur’an Sura One, the Lord’s Prayer and a Babylonian Prayer to the Moon God.' Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, 57 (1). pp. 213-237.

Sperl, Stefan (1977) 'Islamic Kingship and Arabic Panegyric Poetry in the Early Ninth Century.' Journal of Arabic Literature, 8 . pp. 20-35.

Monographs

Sperl, Stefan and De Vriese, Machtelt (2005) From Emergency Evacuation to Community Empowerment: Review of the Repatriation and Reintegration Programme in Sierra Leona. Geneva: Evaluation and Policy Analysis Unit. United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

Sperl, Stefan and Brădişteanu, I (2004) Refugee Resettlement in Developing Countries: The Experience of Benin and Burkina Faso, 1997-2003: an Independent Evaluation. Evaluation and Policy Analysis Unit. United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

Sperl, Stefan (2001) Evaluation of UNHCR’s policy on refugees in urban areas: A case study review of Cairo. Geneva: Evaluation and Policy Analysis Unit, UNHCR.

Sperl, Stefan (1998) Assistance to Older Refugees: Review and Case Studies from Africa, Eastern Europe and the Middle East, Evaluation and Policy Analysis Unit. Geneva: UNHCR.

Sperl, Stefan (1998) Review of the Mali / Niger Repatriation and Reintegration Programme. Geneva: Evaluation Service, UNHCR.

Sperl, Stefan (1996) Lessons Learnt from the Rwanda and Burundi Emergencies 1993-94. Geneva: Evaluation Service, UNHCR.

Other

Sperl, Stefan (2008) 'Crown versus Muhammad Asha: Expert Report on Arabic poetry exhibits ADG/36 and ADG/67.' commissioned by the defence council of Dr. Muhammad Asha (on trial for terrorism offences in Woolwich Crown Court).

This list was generated on Wed Apr 16 01:21:17 2014 BST.