Elias Muhanna

Elias Muhanna is the writer of Qifa Nabki [?ki-f? ?neb-k?] a blog about Lebanese politics, history, and culture. He is a PhD student in Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations at Harvard University. He works on classical Arabic literature, Islamic social and intellectual history, and has published on subjects ranging from medieval encyclopaedism to travel literature, to the material culture of the pre-modern Mediterranean world.

In addition to his academic work, Elias has written on contemporary cultural and political affairs in the Middle East for several general-interest publications, including The Nation, Foreign Policy, The Guardian, The National, Mideast Monitor, World Politics Review, Bidoun, and Transition, and is regularly quoted in media outlets such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Financial Times, The Los Angeles Times, National Public Radio, The Christian Science Monitor, Slate, and Al-Jazeera International.