Professor of English, History and Religious Studies
University of Minnesota
Nabil Matar studied English Literature at the American University of Beirut where he received his B.A. and M.A. In 1976, he completed his Ph.D. at Cambridge University on the poetry of Thomas Traherne. He taught at Jordan University and the American University of Beirut, and received postdoctoral grants from the British Council (Clare Hall, Cambridge University) and from Fulbright (Harvard Divinity School). In 1986, Dr. Matar moved to the United States and started teaching in the Humanities Department at Florida Institute of Technology. In 1997, he became the Department Head and served until 2007 when he moved to the English Department at the University of Minnesota. He is Presidential Professor in the President’s Interdisciplinary Initiative on Arts and Humanities and teaches in the departments of English and History, and in the Religious Studies Program.
Dr. Matar’s research in the past two decades has focused on relations between early modern Britain, Western Europe, and the Islamic Mediterranean. He is author of numerous articles, chapters in books and encyclopedias, and the trilogy: Islam in Britain, 1558-1685 (Cambridge UP, 1998), Turks, Moors and Englishmen in the Age of Discovery (Columbia UP, 1999), and Britain and Barbary, 1589-1689 (UP of Florida, 2005). He wrote the introduction to Piracy, Slavery and Redemption (Columbia UP, 2001) and began a second trilogy on Arabs and Europeans in the early modern world: In the Lands of the Christians. (Routledge, 2003), Europe through Arab Eyes, 1578-1727 (Columbia UP, 2009). He is currently working on the third installment. His next publication is forthcoming with Professor Gerald MacLean, Britain and the Islamic World, 1558-1713 (Oxford UP, 2010). With Professor Claire Jowitt, he is preparing an edition of three early modern English plays featuring Muslim women (forthcoming, the Revels Series, Manchester UP, 2012); and with Professor Judy Hayden he is co-editing a collection of essays on travel to the Holy Land in the early modern period (forthcoming Brill, 2012).
“Political Thought in Early Modern Morocco.” European Political Thought 1450-1700: Religion, Law and Philosophy. Ed. Howell A.Lloyd, Glenn Burgess and Simon Hodson. New Haven: Yale University Press, forthcoming.
“Ahmad al-Mansur and Queen Elizabeth I.” Journal of Early Modern History (forthcoming).
“Islam in Britain, 1689-1750.” Journal of British Studies (forthcoming).
“England and North Africa in 1607.” The Image of the Other. Ed. Elena Lioubimova. Williamsburg: Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, forthcoming.
“Spain through Arab Eyes, c. 1573-1691.” Europe Observed. Ed. Kumkum Chatterjee and Clement Hawes. Lewisburg: Bucknell University Press, forthcoming.
“Piracy and Captivity in the Early Modern Mediterranean: The Perspective from Barbary.” Pirates? The Politics of Plunder, 1550-1650. Ed. Claire Jowett. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.
“Magharibi in France, 16th to 18th Centuries.” Histoire de l’islam et des musulmans en France. Ed. Mohammed Arkoun. Paris: Albin Michel, 2006.
“Europe through Eighteenth-Century Moroccan Eyes." Alif: Travel Literature of Egypt and the Middle East. 26 (2006).
"Prophetic Traherne: 'A Thanksgiving and Prayer for the Nation'." reprint of a 1982 Journal of English and Germanic Philology article in Poetry Criticism. Ed. Michelle Lee. vol. 70. Detroit: Thomson and Gale, 2006.
“'The Temple' and Thomas Traherne," reprint of a 1994 English Language Notes article in Poetry Criticism ed. Michelle Lee. vol. 70. Detroit: Thomson and Gale, 2006.