Dwight Reynolds

Religious Studies


Professor Reynolds' teaching and research interests include Arabic languages and literatures, folklore and folklife. He is the author of Arab Folklore: A Handbook (2007) and Heroic Poets, Poetic Heroes: The Ethnography of Performance in an Arabic Oral Epic Tradition (1995). He is also section editor for and contributing author to The Cambridge History of Arabic Literature: the Post-Classical Period  (Part IV: Popular Prose; 2006), and editor and co-author of The Cambridge Companion to Modern Arab Culture (Cambridge UP, 2015). In 2010 with his team he published the online digital archive housing field recordings, field notes, historical background, Arabic texts, English translations, photographs and a special “virtual performance” mode for the Arabic oral epic poem S?rat Ban? Hil?l funded by a 2008-2009 “Digital Innovation” Fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies: www.siratbanihilal.ucsb.edu. Prof. Reynolds has been Visiting Professor at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris (April 2018); Senior Research Fellow, New York University Abu Dhabi (Jan-March 2018); and Gastprofessor, Seminar für Semitistik und Arabistik, Freie Universität, Berlin (DAAD Fellowship).