After completing his PhD at the University of Berne (Switzerland), Jan Loop was awarded a Frances A Yates long-term research fellowship at the Warburg Institute (London). In September 2012 he joined the School of History at the University of Kent as a Lecturer in Early Modern History.
Jan is also a founding member of the Centre for the History of Arabic Studies in Europe at the Warburg Institute, London and he was a Principle Investigator, between 2013 and 2016, for the European funded collaborative research project Encounters with the Orient in Early Modern European Scholarship (EOS).
Jan's teaching and research interests are in the intellectual, religious and cultural history of Europe and the Near East, with a special focus on Western knowledge of the Arab, Ottoman and Persian world between 1450 – 1800. His first book, Auslegungskulturen (2003), is a comparative study of Christian and Islamic hermeneutic concepts in early modern times. His second book, a monograph on the Reformed Church historian and orientalist Johann Heinrich Hottinger (1620-1667) and the significance of Arabic and Islamic Studies in the seventeenth century, appeared in 2013 in the Oxford-Warburg series.
Jan Loop is the general editor of Brill's series “History of Oriental Studies”, as well as being on the editorial board of Droz's new series “Hermai”. He is currently preparing a special issue of the Journal of Qur’anic Studies on The Qur’an in Europe (2018) and, together with Alastair Hamilton and Charles Burnett, a paper collection on the Learning and Teaching of Arabic in Early Modern Europe (Brill, 2017).
University of Kent
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