Pamela Klasova

Affiliation: Arabic
Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Arabic

I am an Arabist and scholar of Early Islam. Early Islam is the fascinating period during which Islamic civilization was first taking shape and Arabic literature played an important role in the process. In my dissertation, I explored the role of public speech in building the Arabo-Islamic empire. In my current book project, I widen the comparative scope of my study and place Arabic oratory side-by-side with other late antique rhetorical traditions (for example Greek and Syriac) in order to ask: What role did speech and rhetoric play at this pivotal moment in world history? This book is part of my larger intellectual endeavor to understand early Islam as part of late antiquity and to underscore the contact and cross-pollination of cultures, exposing Islam as multicultural, cosmopolitan, and diverse. Among my other research and teaching interests are classical and modern Arabic poetry, Islamic magic and divination, and myth in Arabic literature. I love learning and teaching languages and when I teach Arabic, I hope to make students as enthusiastic about it as I have been over the past decade and more.

Pamela Klasova

Education

  • PhD, Georgetown University
  • MA, Leiden University
  • MA, Charles University
  • BA, Charles University