New Testament, Leiden 1616

A few things on Islam and the Christian Arabic literary tradition.

About Me

I am a member of the Department of Religious Studies at Southern Methodist University. I teach courses on the history of Islam, Islamic extremism, and the history of Christianity. My research focuses on the history of the Arabic language and the early development of Arabic literature.

Current work includes projects on the translation of ancient Greek scientific and legal texts into Arabic and Syriac, minority religious communities under Muslim rule, the legal status of non-Muslims in Islamic law, and early Muslim-Christian theological debate.

Other interests: the history of Byzantine music; the history of mathematics, especially in classical antiquity and late 19th-century England; history of natural theology; natural language processing, semantic markup, and data mining.

When not reading old books in dead languages, I enjoy a bit of amateur radio (N8ELR) and restoring Lee-Enfield rifles.

What's New

25 Jan. 2011. CV and Offprints: added new offprints.

16 Jan. 2011. CV and Offprints: added new offprints.

10 Jan. 2011. Islam in America: added comments on a recent pronouncement by ISNA and the indictment of local imam Ibrahim Dremali.

30 Dec. 2010. CV and Offprints: added new offprints.


Comments and suggestions welcome (jclam@smu.edu).