A New History of Arabia, Written in Stone How strange rocks—and an obscure language—are changing a decades-old academic consensus. By Elias Muhanna*
- Elias Muhanna is a contributing writer to The New Yorker. He is the author of “The World in a Book: Al-Nuwayri and the Islamic Encyclopedic Tradition,” and the translator, from the Arabic, of the fourteenth-century encyclopedia “The Ultimate Ambition in the Arts of Erudition.” His essays and criticism have appeared in The Nation, the New York Times, and other periodicals. A scholar of classical Arabic literature and Islamic intellectual history, he received his Ph.D. from Harvard University, in 2012, and is currently an assistant professor of comparative literature at Brown University.