Александр Борисович Куделин

DSc in PhilologyAcademician RAS (since May 22, 2003)

Professor,

Scholarly Director of the A.M. Gorky Institute of World Literature RAS,

Member of the Presidium of RAS,

Member of the Board of the Philological/Historical Division of the Russian Academy of Sciences

Education:

Holds a graduate degree (1967) from the Institute of Oriental Languages (at present, The Institute of Asian and African Countries) at the Lomonosov Moscow State University. Took graduate courses in Arabic philology at the Tunis University (1965–1966)

PhD thesis:  

Major Genres of Hispano-Arabic Classical Poetry in the Age of Flourish (From the late 10th Century to the Mid-12th Century) (1970)

Doct. Hab. thesis: 

The Concept of Canon in the Medieval Arabic Poetics (1985)

 

Research Interests: Oriental Studies, history of Classical and Modern Arabic Literature, history of Oriental literatures, cross-influences between Eastern and Western literatures, comparative studies, literary theory

Professional Service

2002–2013: Deputy Academician-Secretary of the Executive Committee of the Historical and Philological Division of RAS and Head of the Section for Languages and Literatures of RAS

Head of the Committee of the Alexander N. Veselovsky award (RAS)

Co-President of the Scientific Council of RAS for Classical Philology and Comparative Linguistic/Literary Studies

General Editor of three academic book series: Monuments of World Literature, Literary Heritage, Written Masterpieces of the Orient

Representative (delegate) of the Russian Academy of Sciences in The Union Académique Internationale (UAI, The International Union of Academies)

Member of The Union Européenne des Arabisants et Islamisants (UEAI, Association of European Arabists and Islamicists)

 

Awards 

Winner-Laureate of the Veselovsky Prize (RAS) for the monograph The Arabic Literature: A Poetics, Stylistics, Typology, Connections. Moscow, 2003. (2005)

Cavalier of the Order of Al-Fakhr (II class), for the great merit in research and promotion of the monuments of Arabic and Islamic Cultural Heritage and for the excellency in teaching and preparing new orientalists and scholars of Islam (2009)

 

Academic publications — over 220 publications, including 6 monographs.

Selected publications

Monographs

  • Historiographic and Literary Aspects of “The Life of the Prophet” by Ibn Ishāq – Ibn Hishām. Moscow, Otdelenie istoriko-filologicheskikh nauk RAN Publ., 2017. In Russ.
  • Literary Interconnections between the West and the East in the Nineteenth Century and the Making of the Concept “World Literature.” St. Petersburg, Peterburgskii gumanitarnyi universitet profsoiuzov Publ., 2011. In Russ.
  • Ibn Isḥāq – Ibn Hishām. “The Life of the Prophet” (Al‑sīra al-Nabawiyya). The Great Battle of Badr [Russian translation with extensive notes and scholarly introduction, Arabic text included]. Moscow, Institut Evropy RAN Publ., Russkii Suvenir Publ., 2009. (Co-authored with D.V. Frolov, M.S. Nalich). In Russ.
  • Arabic Literature: Poetics, Stylistics, Typology, Connections. Moscow, Iazyki slavianskoi kul'tury Publ., 2003. In Russ.
  • Medieval Arabic Poetics: The Second Half of the 8th – 11th Centuries. Moscow, Nauka Publ., 1983. In Russ.
  • Classical Hispano-Arabic Poetry: The late 10th cent. – the mid-12th Centuries. Moscow, Nauka Publ., 1973. In Russ.

Selected essays

  • “More Than Thirty Centuries of Historical Life of Mankind Marked by Written Records.” Vestnik Rossiiskoi akademii nauk, vol. 90, no. 2, 2020, pp. 180–187. DOI: 10.31857/S0869587320020061. In Russ.
  • “Cross-Connections between the Literatures of the Orient and the West: From the Medieval Ages to the Contemporary History.” Collection of Articles Celebrating the Day of Knowledge at the University: Sept. 1, 2016, issue 22.  St. Petersburg,  SPbGUP Publ., 2017, pp. 20–27. In Russ.
  • “Dmitry Vladimirovich Frolov, Corresponding Member of RAS (For the 70th Anniversary).” Izvestiia Rossiskoy Akademii nauk. Seria literaturi i yazuka, vol. 75, no. 6, 2016, pp. 76–77. (Published in 2017). In Russ.
  • “Ali-Shir Nava’i as the Founder of Uzbek Literature. (In Celebration of the 575th Anniversary of Nava’i).” Izvestiia Rossiskoy Akademii nauk. Seria literaturi i yazuka, vol. 75, no. 4, 2016, pp. 5–11. In Russ.
  • “Andalusian Strophic Poetry: A Singular Case of Interlinguistic Contacts in Medieval Europe?” Kritika i semiotika, vol. 31, no. 1, 2015, pp. 171–181. In Russ.
  • “The Works in Literary Studies among the Projects Supported by the Russian Humanities Fund (RGNF) in 1994–2014.” Vetsnik Rossiiskogo Gumanitarnogo Fonda, vol. 76, no. 3, 2014, pp. 31–37. In Russ.
  • “The ‘Collective Isnad’ as the Composition Factor in ‘The Life of the Prophet’ by Ibn Isḥāq – Ibn Hishām.” Pismennie pamytniki Vostoka, vol. 19, no. 2, 2013, pp. 75–99. In Russ.
  • “The Early Gogol’s Take on History: From ‘Arabesques’ to ‘The Selected Passages from Correspondence with Friends’.” Russky yazik za rubezhom, no. 3, 2009, pp. 76–85. In Russ.

 

Scopus, Web of Science

  • “West-Eastern Poetic Compositions of the First Third of the 19th Century: from Goethe’s Divan to the ‘Sonnet/Ghazal’ by Mickiewicz / Topczi-Baszy.” Studia Litterarum, vol. 5, no. 3, 2020, pp. 68–103. DOI: 10.22455/2500-4247-2020-5-3-68-103. In Russ.
  • “Belletristic Elements in The Life of The Prophet by Ibn Isḥāq — Ibn Hishām.” Studia Litterarum, vol. 4, no. 1, 2019, pp. 28–69. DOI: 10.22455/2500-4247-2019-4-1-28-69. In Russ.
  • “Development of Structure of the Epithets Characterizing Vladimir the Saint in the Eponymous Old Russian Hymnography.” Vestnik slavianskikh kul’tur, vol. 48, 2018, pp. 101–112. In Russ.
  • “The Forms of Prosaic Speech in Al-sīra by Ibn Ishāq — Ibn Hishām.” Studia Litterarum, vol. 2, no. 4, 2017, pp. 44–63. DOI: 10.22455/2500-4247-2017-2-4-44-63. In Russ.
  • “‛The Life Of Muhammad’ By Ibn IsḤāq — Ibn Hishām: Between Historiography and Literature.” Studia Litterarum, vol. 1, no. 1–2, 2016, pp. 91–107. DOI: 10.22455/2500-4247-2016-1-1-2-91-107. In Russ.
  •  “Where is the Russian Culture Heading? (Materials from the Round-Table Discussion).” Voprosy filosofii, no. 9, 2010, pp. 3–59. In Russ.
  • “‘Al-Sira Al-Nabawiyya’ by Ibn Ishaq - Ibn Hisham: the History of the Texts and the Problem of Authorship.” Manuscripta Orientalia. International Journal for Oriental Manuscript Research, vol. 16, no. 1, 2010,  pр. 6–12. In English
  • “Muhammad Abdu's Letter to Leo Tolstoi (History of the Russian-Arabic Cultural Dialogue in the Beginning of the 20th Century).” Manuscripta Orientalia. International Journal for Oriental Manuscript Research, vol. 15, no. 1, 2009, pр. 41–49. In English
  • “Russian Philology at the Modern Stage of Development.” Vestnik Rossiiskoy Akademii nauk, vol. 78, no. 3, 2008, pр. 196–202. In English
  • “Arabic Literature: Poetics and Stylistics. VIII: Formulaic Expressions in Sirat ‘Antar’.” Manuscripta Orientalia. International Journal for Oriental Manuscript Research, vol. 14, no. 1, 2008, pр. 57–67. In English
  • “Arabic Literature: Poetics and Stylistics. IX: On Interpreting the Elements of ‘Miraculous’ in ‘Life of the Prophet’ by Ibn Ishaq - Ibn Hisham.” Manuscripta Orientalia. International Journal for Oriental Manuscript Research, vol. 14, no. 2, 2008, pр. 15–20. In English
  • “Arabic Literature: Poetics and Stylistics. VII: ‘The Life of the Prophet’ by Ibn Isḥāq – Ibn Hishām as a Monument of Medieval Arabic Literature. Attempt at a Literary Analysis.” Manuscripta Orientalia. International Journal for Oriental Manuscript Research, vol. 12, no. 2, 2006, pр. 36–49. In English
  • “Arabic Literature: Poetics and Stylistics. V: a Romantic Epos about Majnun and its Arabic Roots.” Manuscripta Orientalia. International Journal for Oriental Manuscript Research, vol. 11, no. 2, 2005, pр. 11–20. In English
  • “Arabic Literature: Poetics and Stylistics. VI: Family-Matrimonial Relations in the 5th _ 7th Centuries Arabia and Their Reflection in the Early Arabic Poetry.” Manuscripta Orientalia. International Journal for Oriental Manuscript Research, vol. 11, no. 3, 2005, pр. 8–12. In English
  • “Arabic Literature: Poetics and Stylistics. I: Medieval Arabic Graphic Culture (from Pictorial Figures to Drawing Script).” Manuscripta Orientalia. International Journal for Oriental Manuscript Research, vol. 10, no. 1, 2004, pр. 4–11. In English
  • “Arabic Literature: Poetics and Stylistics. II: to the Problem of Correlation of the Traditional and the Original in Medieval Poetics (about ‘Imitation’  in Classical Literatures of the Near and Middle East).” Manuscripta Orientalia. International Journal for Oriental Manuscript Research, vol. 10, no. 2, 2004, pр. 30–33. In English
  • “Arabic Literature: Poetics and Stylistics. III: Early Arabic Poetry: an Attempt of Historical-Functional Analysis.” Manuscripta Orientalia. International Journal for Oriental Manuscript Research, vol. 10, no. 3, 2004, pр. 21–30. In English
  • “Arabic Literature: Poetics and Stylistics. IV: Medieval Arabic Panegyric: Tradition and Creative Personality.” Manuscripta Orientalia. International Journal for Oriental Manuscript Research, vol. 10, no. 4, 2004, pр. 20–26. In English

 

Teaching experience

Professor of Arabic Studies at the Institute of Asian and African Countries (Lomonosov Moscow State University).