Loop, Jan

Senior Lecturer Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi
Email: jl7590@nyu.edu
Education: BA, University of Berne; PhD, University of Berne

Research Areas: the intellectual, religious and cultural history of Europe and the Near East, with a special focus on Western knowledge of the Arab, Ottoman and Persian world between 1450 – 1800


After completing his PhD at the University of Berne (Switzerland), Dr Jan Loop was awarded a Frances A. Yates long-term research fellowship at the Warburg Institute (London). In September 2012 he joined the School of History at the University of Kent where he has a chair in early modern history.

Jan is a founding member of the Centre for the History of Arabic Studies in Europe at the Warburg Institute, London, and he was a Principal Investigator, between 2013 and 2016, for the European-funded collaborative research project Encounters with the Orient in Early Modern European Scholarship (EOS). Together with colleagues from Madrid, Nantes and Naples, Jan is leading the ERC Synergy Project The European Qur'an. Islamic Scripture in European Religion and Culture (1150-1850). The project is funded by €10m over six years (2019-2025).

His first book, Auslegungskulturen (2003), is a comparative study of Christian and Islamic hermeneutic concepts in early modern times. His second book, a monograph on the Reformed Church historian and orientalist Johann Heinrich Hottinger (1620-1667) and the significance of Arabic and Islamic Studies in the 17th century, appeared in 2013 in the Oxford-Warburg series. He is currently working on a short monograph on Western European pilgrims to Mecca.

Jan Loop is the general editor of Brill's series 'History of Oriental Studies'. Together with Alastair Hamilton and Charles Burnett he published, in this series, a paper collection on The Teaching and Learning of Arabic in Early Modern Europe (Brill, 2017). In 2018 he edited a special issue of the Journal of Qur’anic Studies on 'The Qur’an in Europe'.