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Brann, Ross

Milton R. Konvitz Professor of Judeo-Islamic Studies and Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow
Acting Department Chair of Near Eastern Studies, 2013-14

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Department Appointments

  • Near Eastern Studies (NES)

Graduate Fields

  • Medieval Studies
  • Near Eastern Studies
  • Public Affairs
  • Romance Studies

Other Affiliations

  • Program of Jewish Studies
  • Religious Studies Program (RELST)

Overview

Ross Brann studied at the University of California-Berkeley, the Hebrew University-Jerusalem, New York University, and the American University in Cairo. He has taught at Cornell since 1986 and served fourteen years as Chair of the Department of Near Eastern Studies. Professor Brann is the author of The Compunctious Poet: Cultural Ambiguity and Hebrew Poetry in Muslim Spain (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1991) and Power in the Portrayal: Representations of Muslims and Jews in Islamic Spain (Princeton University Press, 2002). He has received fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Center for Advanced Judaic Studies of the University of Pennsylvania. Brann is also the editor of four volumes and author of essays on the intersection of medieval Jewish and Islamic cultures. He is currently working on Andalusi Moorings: Al-Andalus and Sefarad as Tropes of Muslim and Jewish Culture. In 2007 he was appointed Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow. In June 2010 Brann stepped down as the faculty co-chair of the West Campus House System Council after six years of service as Alice Cook House Professor-Dean.

Research

  • Andalusi Moorings: Al-Andalus & Sefarad as Tropes of Muslim and Jewish Culture (under contract with University of Pennsylvania Press)

Selected Publications

Power in the Portrayal: Representations of Muslims and Jews in Eleventh- and
Twelfth-Century Islamic Spain
(Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2002),
208 pp.
   
The Compunctious Poet: Cultural Ambiguity and Hebrew Poetry in Muslim Spain
(Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1991), 228 pp. [recipient of the 1992 Maurice Amado Foundation National Jewish Book Award in Sephardic Studies]

[Ed. with Adam Sutcliffe] Renewing the Past, Reconfiguring Jewish Culture: From
Al-Andalus to the Haskalah
(Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2004) 237 pp.

“The Moors?” Medieval Encounters 15 (2009): 307-318.

“He Said, She Said: Re-inscribing the Andalusi Arabic Love Lyric,” in Raymond P.
Scheindlin Festschrift
, ed. M. Rand and J. Decter (Piscataway NJ: Gorgias Press, 2007), 7-15.

“Jewish Perceptions of and Attitudes towards Muslims,” in Cambridge History of Judaism,
Vol. 5 [Jews and Judaism in the Islamic World, Seventh through Fifteenth Centuries], ed. B. Chazan and M. Rustow (forthcoming Cambridge University Press)

“Andalusi “Exceptionalism”,” in A Sea of Languages: Literature and Culture in the Pre-Modern Mediterranean, ed. Karla Mallette and Suzanne Akbari (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, forthcoming)

“Inscribing the Mediterranean Journey: Two Paradigmatic Texts from Twelfth Century Iberia,” in The Mediterranean Seminar I: The Medieval Mediterranean & the Emergence of the West, ed. Sharon Kinoshita and Brian Catlos (Valencia: Publicacions de la Universitat de Valencia, forthcoming)

“Competing Tropes of Eleventh-Century Andalusi Jewish Culture,” Tova Rosen
Festschrift
, ed. Eli Yassif, Haviva Ishay and Uriah Kfir (Ben-Gurion University Press, 2012), 7-26.