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). He joined the School of History at Kent in September 2012 as a Lecturer in Early Modern History. Jan is also managing the Centre for the History of Arabic Studies In Europe (CHASE) at the Warburg Institute.
Dr Loop’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 has also published on eighteenth-century oriental scholars (Johann Jacob Reiske, Albert Schultens, Johann David Michaelis) and on early modern translations of Arabic texts. He has recently organised a conference on Translating the Qur’an, a seminar series on Islam and the Enlightenment at the Warburg Institute and a workshop on Arab Culture and the European Renaissance – A New Perspective on a Neighbouring Worldat New York University in Abu Dhabi.
Jan is also the co-leader of the HERA funded Encounters with the Orient in Early Modern European Scholarship (EOS) collaborative research project.