Jack Tannous

Associate Professor of History and Hellenic Studies. Chair, Center for the Study of Late Antiquity. Director, Program in Hellenic Studies.

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I am interested in the cultural history of the eastern Mediterranean, especially the Middle East, in the Late Antique and early medieval period. My research focuses on the Syriac-speaking Christian communities of the Near East in this period, but I am interested in a number of other, related areas, including Eastern Christian Studies more broadly, Patristics/early Christian studies, Greco-Syriac and Greco-Arabic translation, Christian-Muslim interactions, sectarianism and identity, early Islamic history, the history of the Arabic Bible, and the Quran. I am also interested in manuscripts and the editing of Syriac and Arabic (especially Christian Arabic) texts.

I am working on a book entitled Lovers of Labor at the End of the Ancient World: Syriac Scholars Between Byzantium and Islam. I have edited and translated the Syriac letters of George, Bishop of the Arab Tribes (d. 724) as well as the Karshuni life of Theodota of Amid (d. 698). I have also translated the Syriac life of Simeon of the Olives (d. 734). These latter two are to eventually be published in collaboration with Andrew Palmer.

With Scott Johnson, I created and maintain the site syri.ac (link is external), an online resource for Syriac studies, originally hosted at Dumbarton Oaks and now at the University of Oklahoma.

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