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Homerin, Thomas Emil

Professor, Religion and Classical Studies
University of Rochester


Th. Emil Homerin is Professor of Religion and Chair of the Department of Religion & Classics at the University of Rochester, where he teaches courses on Islam, classical Arabic literature, and mysticism. Homerin received his BA with distinction and MA from the University of Illinois and completed his Ph.D. with honors at the University of Chicago. A specialist in Arabic literature and Islam, Homerin has lived and worked in Egypt, Turkey, and Morocco. Among Homerin’s many publications are From Arab Poet to Muslim Saint (2nd rev. ed., 2001), Ibn al-F?rid: Sufi Verse & Saintly Life (2001), Passion Before Me, My Fate Behind: Ibn al-F?rid and the Poetry of Recollection (2011), and two books on the woman Arab Sufi poet A’ishah al-Ba’un?yah, Emanations of Grace (2011) and The Principles of Sufism (2014). Homerin has been the recipient of grants from the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation, the Fulbright Foundation, the American Research Center in Egypt, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He has also received a number of awards including the American Association of Teachers of Arabic Translation Prize, the University of Rochester’s Curtis Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Teacher of the Year Award, and the Goergen Award for Distinguished Achievement and Artistry in Undergraduate Education.

DISCIPLINE
Religious Studies/Theology
SUB AREAS
Arabic   
Islamic Studies   
Mysticism/Sufi Studies   
AREAS OF INTEREST
All Middle East   
Egypt   
SPECIALTIES
Arabic Poetry   
Islamic Mysticism   
Mamluk Stds   
LANGUAGES
Arabic (Advanced)   
French (Intermediate)   
German (Intermediate)   
Persian (Intermediate)   
EDUCATION
PhD1987NE Lang/CivU of Chicago
ABSTRACTS ACCEPTED AT MESA MEETINGS SINCE 2009
“Close Encounters of the Sufi Kind" (2017)   
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Thomas Emil Homerin






Religion and Classical Studies
University of Rochester
430 Rush Rhees Library
Rochester, NY
14627
United States
Phone:585-275-4760
Fax:585-442-2749
theh@mail.rochester.edu