Loop, Jan

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Humanities Senior Research Fellow Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi
Email: jl7590


After completing his PhD at the University of Berne (Switzerland), 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 as a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Early Modern History.

Jan is also a founding member of the Centre for the History of Arabic Studies In Europe (CHASE) at the Warburg Institute, London and a Principle Investigator for the European funded collaborative research project Encounters with the Orient in Early Modern European Scholarship (EOS).

Jan’s teaching and research interests are in 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. 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 seventeenth century, appeared in 2013 in the Oxford-Warburg series. Jan is currently working on a monograph centered on the life and work of the Anglo-Swiss explorer Johann Ludwig (John Lewis) Burckhardt (1784-1817). Based on the study of hitherto unpublished documents, this monograph will shed new light on Burckhardt’s seminal contributions to our understanding of Arab life, culture and society.

Jan Loop is the general editor of Brill’s series "History of Oriental Studies," as well as being on the editorial board of Droz’s new series "Hermai." He is currently preparing a special issue of the Journal of Qur’anic Studies on The Qur’an in Europe (2018) and, together with Alastair Hamilton and Charles Burnett, a paper collection on the Learning and Teaching of Arabic in Early Modern Europe (Brill, 2016).

Jan joined NYUAD Humanities Research Fellowship Program, as a Senior Research Fellow, in fall 2016