Kelly Tuttle
Assistant Professor of Arabic

Kelly Tuttle’s interests focus thousands of miles and centuries away from Richmond, Ind., on the Medieval Middle East. She has recently been researching literary commentaries produced in Egypt and Syria during the 13th and 14th centuries. Kelly says Arabic literature from that time period — known as the Mamluk Age — has received relatively little scholarly attention. Her aim is to begin to discover the contents of that era’s many commentaries, and what purpose they may have served.

Contact Info

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237 Carpenter Hall

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M-F 11AM-12PM and by appointment


  • Languages & Literatures
  • Arabic
  • Middle East Studies


  • Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
  • M.A., University of Pennsylvania
  • M.A., Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
  • B.A., Hamline University

Selected Courses:

Arabic Poetry

Media Arabic

The Arabic Short Story

Mamluk literature, literary commentary and comparative medieval studies.

"Play and display: al-Ṣafadī’s 'Invention of Absurdity'." In postmedieval: a journal of medieval cultural studies (2013) Vol. 4, 3, 364–378. “al-Ibshihi.” In Essays in Arabic Literary Biography II, 1350-1850, edited by Joseph E. Lowry and Devin J. Stewart, 236-242 (Wiesbaden:  Harrassowitz, 2009)

Middle East Studies Association

American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages


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