Jonathan Lawrence


Wadham College


DPhil Oriental Studies


E-mail: / Twitter: @jollynawrence

Educational Background:

BA French and Arabic (2016) at University of Oxford (Somerville College)

- Amnesty International Media Award for Student Journalism (2015)

- Mustafa Badawi Prize for Modern Arabic Literature (2016)

- Principal's Prize (2016 - Somerville College)

MSt Oriental Studies (Islamic Studies) (2017) at University of Oxford (Somerville College)

- Nizami Ganjavi Scholarship funding

- Archibald Jackson Prize (2017 - Somerville College)

- Principal's Prize (2017 - Somerville College)

PGCE Secondary Modern Foreign Languages Education (2018) at University of Brighton

I applied to Oxford and to the Oriental Institute for my DPhil in Arabic literature as, having studied at the University of Oxford before, I know the amazing wealth of resources available to me and the excellent facilities the University has to offer its students. I was also keen to continue working with Professor Julia Bray who has nurtured and helped develop my interest in Classical Arabic Literature since my BA. Furthermore, the University provides excellent opportunities for academic contact and interdisciplinary work.

Recipient of the Nizami Ganjavi Scholarship for my DPhil.

Research Interests:

My DPhil research centres around the texts of Arabic love theory, and the interaction of these texts with the 'real' (whatever that might mean). Particularly focused on Ibn al-Jawzi, Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya and Ibn Abi Hajala. Former research in my Master's focused on script theory, the emotional reactions of characters in Ḥadīth Bayāḍ wa Riyāḍ and Lawʿat al-Shākī wa Damʿat al-Bākī. Further general focus on Arabic literature in the post-classical world, its interactions with Persian literatures and on sexuality, gender and society in the medieval and early-modern Muslim world.

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