Kevin van Bladel

Kevin van Bladel received his Ph.D. in Graeco-Arabic Studies at Yale University in 2004 and is Assistant Professor of Classics at the University of Southern California. His research investigates learned traditions in different language communities from the Mediterranean to Inner Asia, focusing on Greek, Arabic, Syriac, Latin, Persian, and Sanskrit, and in particular, on translations of scientific texts between these languages. He has published articles on the medieval pseudo-Aristotle, Qur'anic cosmology, and the Alexander legend in Arabic tradition. Forthcoming works include a study of the role of early Islamic Bactrian culture in the transmission of texts from Sanskrit into Arabic, and the first book-length treatment of the Arabic Hermetica.