Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Department of Middle Eastern Studies

Avigail Noy

Assistant ProfessorPh.D., Harvard


Arabic literary and linguistic traditions, Islamic intellectual tradition


Avigail Noy is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Middle Eastern Studies. She specializes in medieval Arabic literary theory and in the Arabic literary and linguistic traditions more broadly. Her research focuses on the historical development of Arabic poetics and rhetoric, the intersection between poetics and hermeneutics, and the theory of metaphorical language. Her publications include a study of ʿAbd al-Qāhir al-Jurjānī’s legacy in the Islamic intellectual tradition (2018) and a study of Sībawayh’s notion of the “absurd” (2012). In her current book project she explores how eloquence (bayān) became a matter of science in Islam. Noy holds a Ph.D. in Arabic and Islamic studies from Harvard (2016) and an M.A. and B.A. from Tel Aviv University.

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