Dwight Reynolds

Professor of Religious Studies
Area: Folklore & Folklife

Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
Curriculum Vitae

Office: HSSB 3056
Office Hours: S15: On Sabbatical

Dwight Reynolds is an Professor of Religious Studies at the University of California in Santa Barbara.


  • Arab Folklore: A Handbook, Westport, CN: Greenwood Press, 2007
  • Interpreting the Self: Autobiography in the Arabic Literary Tradition. Dwight F. Reynolds, editor and co-author. Berkeley/Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2001.
  • Heroic Poets, Poetic Heroes: The Ethnography of Performance in an Arabic Oral Epic Tradition. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1995.

Selected Articles, Reviews & Entries

  • “Lost Virgins Found: The Arabic Songbook Genre and an Early North African Exemplar.”  Quaderni di Studi Arabi Special Issue: Words and Music.  Eds. Hilary Kilpatrick and Giovanni Canova (in press).
  • “Arab Musical Influence on Europe: A Reassessment.”  In A Sea of Languages: Literature and Culture in the Pre-Modern Mediterranean.  Eds. Suzanne Akbari and Karla Mallette.  University of Toronto Press (in press).
  • “Composition in Performance Arab Style.” In Singers and Tales in the 21st Century: The Legacies of Milman Parry and Albert Lord.  David Elmer, ed.  Harvard University Press (forthcoming)
  • “Epic and History in the Arabic Tradition.”  In Epic and History.  Eds. David Konstan and Kurt A. Raaflaub.  Chichester, West Sussex: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010: 392-410.
  • “New Directions in the Study of Medieval Andalusi Music.”  Journal of Medieval Iberian Studies, Vol. 1,  no. 1 (2009): 37-51.
  • “Al-Maqqarī’s Ziryāb: The Making of a Myth.”  Middle Eastern Literatures, Vol. 11, no. 2 (2008): 155-168.  Special issue, ed. Shawkat Toorawa.
  • “Musical Aspects of Ibn Sanā’ al-Mulk’s Dār al-Ṭirāz.”  In Muwashshah: Proceedings of the Conference on Arabic and Hebrew Strophic Poetry and its Romance Parallels, October 8-10, 2004, School of Oriental and Asian Studies, University of London: 211-227.
  • The Sirat Bani Hilal Digital Archive: www.siratbanihilal.ucsb.edu
  • The Cambridge History of Arabic Literature: the Post-Classical Period, Section Editor (Part IV: Popular Prose) & Contributing Author (pp. 245-69, 270-91, 307-18). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006.
  • “Symbolic Narratives of Self: Dreams in Medieval Arabic Autobiography.” In Defining Fiction and Adab in Medieval Arabic Literature, ed. Philip Kennedy. Studies in Arabic Language and Literature, Harrassowitz Verlag, Volume 7: 259-284, 2005.
  • “La Música Andalusí como Patrimonio Cultural Circum-Mediterráneo.” In El patrimonio cultural, multiculturalidad y gestión de la diversidad [Cultural Patrimony, Multiculturalism, and the Management of Diversity], 128-141. Eds. Gunther Dietz and Gema Carrera. Sevilla: Instituto Andaluz del Patrimonio Histórico, 2005.
  • “Creating an Epic: From Apprenticeship to Publication,” in Textualization of Oral Epics, ed. Lauri Honko. Berlin/New York: Mouton de Gruyter. Pp.247-262, 2000.
  • “Music,” in Cambridge History of Arabic Literature, The Literature of Al-Andalus. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 60-82, 2000.
  • “Musical ‘Membrances of Medieval Muslim Spain.’” In Charting Memory: Recalling Medieval Spain, ed. Stacy Beckwith. New York: Garland, pp. 155-168, 2000.

Courses Taught

  • RS 148A-C: Advanced Arabic
  • CL 32: Literatures of the Middle East
  • RS 211: The Ethnography of Performance
  • RS 289A-C: Arabic Literary Readings