Dwight Reynolds

Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
Arabic Language & Literature/ Folklore / Ethnomusicology
HSSB 3056
Curriculum Vitae:


Dwight Reynolds is Professor of Arabic Language & Literature in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of California in Santa Barbara.


  • The Cambridge Companion to Modern Arab Culture.  Editor and co-author.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015.
  • Tarjamat al-nafs: al-sīra al-dhātiyya fī al-adab al-‘arabī.  Trs. Sa‘īd al-Ghānimī.  Abu Dhabi: Hay’at Abū Dhabī  li-l-Thaqāfa wa-l-Turāth [Arabic translation of Interpreting the Self: Autobiography in the Arabic Literary Tradition, UC Press 2001], 2009.
  • Arab Folklore: A Handbook, Westport, CN: Greenwood Press, 2007
  • Interpreting the Self: Autobiography in the Arabic Literary Tradition. Dwight F. Reynolds, editor and co-author. Berkeley/Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2001.
  • Heroic Poets, Poetic Heroes: The Ethnography of Performance in an Arabic Oral Epic Tradition. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1995.



  • “Music, Poetry, and Lingua Franca in Medieval Iberia.” In Lingua Franca: Explorations of the Literary Geography of the Mediterranean World, ed. Michael Allan and Elisabetta Benigni. (Philological Encounters 2, 2017): 76-94.
  • “Song and Punishment.”  In Arabic Humanities, Islamic Thought: a Festschrift for Everett K. Rowson.  Eds. Shawkat Toorawa and Joseph Lowry. Leiden: E. J. Brill, 2017: 211-232.
  • “Ziryab in the Aghlabid Court.”  In The Aghlabids and their Neighbors: Art and Material Culture in 9th-century North Africa.  E. J. Brill Arts and Archaeology of the Islamic World series: 144-162.
  • “The Qiyan of al-Andalus.” In Concubines and Courtesans: Women and Slavery in Islamic History Eds. Matthew S. Gordon and Kathryn Hain.  Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017: 100-123.
  • “From Basmati Rice to the Bani Hilal: Digital Archives and Public Humanities.” In Digital  Humanities and Islamic & Middle East Studies.  Ed. Elias Muhanna.  De Gruyter: 2016, pp. 251-268.
  • “Jews, Muslims, Christians and the Formation of Andalusian Music.”  In Musical Exodus: Al-Andalus and Its Jewish Diasporas.  Ed. Ruth Davis. NY/London: Rowman & Littlefield, 2015: 1-24.
  • “Andalusian Classical Music.” In The Other Classical Musics. Ed. Michael Church.  London:  Boydell and Brewer, 2015: 246-269.
  • “Modern Arab Culture: Introductory Remarks.” In Cambridge Companion to Modern Arab Culture.  Ed. Dwight F. Reynolds.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015: 1-18.
  • “Folklore.” In Cambridge Companion to Modern Arab Culture.  Ed. Dwight F. Reynolds.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015: 249-67.
  • “The Sirat Bani Hilal Digital Archive.” Oral Tradition: Special Issue – Online
    Resources for the Study of Oral Traditions, 28/2 (2013): 271-78.
  • “Lost Virgins Found: The Arabic Songbook Genre and an Early North African Exemplar.”  Quaderni di Studi Arabi Special Issue: Words and Music.  Eds. Hilary Kilpatrick and Giovanni Canova, N.S. 7 (2012): 69-105 .
  • “Arab Musical Influence on Europe: A Reassessment.”  In A Sea of Languages: Literature and Culture in the Pre-Modern Mediterranean.  Eds. Suzanne Akbari and Karla Mallette.  University of Toronto Press, 2013, pp. 182-98.
  • “Composition in Performance Arab Style.” In Singers and Tales in the 21st Century: The Legacies of Milman Parry and Albert Lord.  David Elmer, ed.  Harvard University Press (forthcoming)
  • “Epic and History in the Arabic Tradition.”  In Epic and History.  Eds. David Konstan and Kurt A. Raaflaub.  Chichester, West Sussex: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010: 392-410.
  • “New Directions in the Study of Medieval Andalusi Music.”  Journal of Medieval Iberian Studies, Vol. 1,  no. 1 (2009): 37-51.
  • “Al-Maqqarī’s Ziryāb: The Making of a Myth.”  Middle Eastern Literatures, Vol. 11, no. 2 (2008): 155-168.  Special issue, ed. Shawkat Toorawa.
  • “Musical Aspects of Ibn Sanā’ al-Mulk’s Dār al-Ṭirāz.”  In Muwashshah: Proceedings of the Conference on Arabic and Hebrew Strophic Poetry and its Romance Parallels, October 8-10, 2004, School of Oriental and Asian Studies, University of London: 211-227.
  • The Sirat Bani Hilal Digital Archive: www.siratbanihilal.ucsb.edu
  • The Cambridge History of Arabic Literature: the Post-Classical Period, Section Editor (Part IV: Popular Prose) & Contributing Author (pp. 245-69, 270-91, 307-18). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006.
  • “Symbolic Narratives of Self: Dreams in Medieval Arabic Autobiography.” In Defining Fiction and Adab in Medieval Arabic Literature, ed. Philip Kennedy. Studies in Arabic Language and Literature, Harrassowitz Verlag, Volume 7: 259-284, 2005.
  • “La Música Andalusí como Patrimonio Cultural Circum-Mediterráneo.” In El patrimonio cultural, multiculturalidad y gestión de la diversidad [Cultural Patrimony, Multiculturalism, and the Management of Diversity], 128-141. Eds. Gunther Dietz and Gema Carrera. Sevilla: Instituto Andaluz del Patrimonio Histórico, 2005.
  • “Creating an Epic: From Apprenticeship to Publication,” in Textualization of Oral Epics, ed. Lauri Honko. Berlin/New York: Mouton de Gruyter. Pp.247-262, 2000.
  • “Music,” in Cambridge History of Arabic Literature, The Literature of Al-Andalus. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 60-82, 2000.
  • “Musical ‘Membrances of Medieval Muslim Spain.'” In Charting Memory: Recalling Medieval Spain, ed. Stacy Beckwith. New York: Garland, pp. 155-168, 2000.

Courses Taught:

  • RS 148A-C: Advanced Arabic
  • CL 32: Middle Eastern Literatures in Translation
  • RS 82: Modern Arab Culture
  • Comp Lit/RS 147B: Culture of Medieval Muslim Spain
  • RS 289A-C: Arabic Literary Readings