AGYA Member

Kirill Dmitriev

Arabic Studies

Areas of Expertise for Media Inquiries:
Cultural History of Late Antiquity, Classical Arabic Language and Literature, Arabic Philological Tradition

About me

I am Lecturer in Arabic in the School of Modern Languages at the University of St Andrews and Principal Investigator in the ERC funded project "Language-Philology-Culture. Arab Cultural Semantics in Transition". My research focuses on the study of the cultural history of Late Antiquity, early and classical Arabic language and literature, the Arabic philological tradition and Arabic lexicography. My current book-length project focuses on the study of early Arabic poetry, in particular the poetical school of al-Hira in the context of late antique cultural history.

It is a great privilege for me to be one of the founding members of the AGYA. I see it as a unique opportunity to engage myself in the first bi-lateral Young Academy and hope that with my interest in the Arab world, its culture and history and my experience in the German Young Academy and German academia in general, I can positively contribute to the community of AGYA members, to our ideas and projects.

Current projects

Academic Career

2011 - Lecturer, School of Modern Languages, University of St Andrews; Scotland
2007 - 2011 Dilthey-Fellow, Seminar for Semitic and Arabic Studies, Department of History and Cultural Studies, Freie Universität Berlin; Germany
2007 Lecturer, Lebanese American University; Beirut, Lebanon
2006 PhD in Arabic Studies, Freie Universität Berlin; Germany
2005 - 2006 Scholarship, DGIA Foundation, Orient-Institute Beirut; Lebanon
2002 - 2004 Scholarship, DFG-Graduiertenkolleg "Anthropologische Grundlagen und Ent-wicklungen im Christentum und Islam", Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg; Germany
2001 MA in Philology of the Christian East, Semitic Studies and Coptology, Ludwig Maximilians-Universität München; Germany

Selected Publications


  • Dmitriev, K. (2015). "Glory and immortality: the motif of monumentum aere perennius by Samawʾal b. ʿĀdiyāʾ", Dmitriev, K. & Toral-Niehoff, I. (eds.), Religious Culture in Late Antique Arabia. Brill Academic Publishers.
  • Dmitriev, K. (2009). "An Early Christian Arabic Account of the Creation of the World", Neuwirth, A., Sinai, N. & Marx, M. (eds.), The Qurʾān in Context: Historical and Literary Investigations into the Qurʾānic Milieu. Brill Academic Publishers, p. 349-387.
  • Dmitriev, K. (2009). Das poetische Werk des Abū Ṣaḫr al-Huḏalī.: Eine literaturanthropologische Studie. Wiesbaden.

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