Institut für den Nahen und Mittleren Osten
My research focuses chiefly on the study of Christian Arabic literature with particular emphasis on the tradition of biblical interpretation among the oriental Christians, especially that of the Copts, Syrians and Ethiopians. I am currently pursuing a research project funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) that aims to create a critical edition of the Commentary of Simʿān ibn Kalīl, a Coptic author from the 12/13th century, on the Gospel of Matthew. In this context a special focus of my research lies on the study of the reception of biblical exegesis from the Church of the East - represented here mainly by Abu-'l-Faraǧ ʿAbdallāh Ibn-aṭ-Ṭayyib (died 1043) - in the commentary of Ibn Kalīl. The project also aims to investigate the use of the patristic interpretation of the scripture in the commentary and deals with some issues of the translation technique of the Gospel catena from Greek, through Coptic into Arabic.
Joseph Faragalla is member of the Munich Research Center for Jewish-Arabic Cultures. For further information consult the profile on the website.