Jack Tannous


Jack Tannous studies the Greek, Syriac, and Arabic-speaking Christians of the late antique and medieval Middle East and is especially interested in social, cultural, and religious history. He is also interested in editing Syriac and Arabic manuscripts and has largely completed (but still needs to publish!) editions and translations of the Syriac letters of George, Bishop of the Arab Tribes (d. 724) and the Karshuni life of Theodota of Amid (d. 698). He is an associate professor in the History Department, where he teaches classes on late antique and medieval history; he is also the chair of the Committee for the Study of Late Antiquity. His first book was The Making of the Medieval Middle East: Religion, Society, and Simple Believers, and is currently working on a book on the history of Syriac scholarship in late antiquity and the middle ages, with a special focus on Greco-Syriac translation.