Indiana University Bloomington
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People: Emeriti Faculty

Suzanne StetkevychSuzanne Pinckney Stetkevych

  • Professor Emerita, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures
  • Adjunct Professor Emerita, Department of Comparative Literature
  • Director, Indiana Seminar in Arabic Literature
  • Executive Editor, Brill Studies in Middle Eastern Literatures
  • Curriculum Vitae


  • PhD, University of Chicago, 1981
  • BA, Wellesley College, 1972

Research Interests

  • Classical Arabic Poetry
  • Ritual, Performance, and Historicist Approaches to the Qasidah
  • Praise Poetry to the Prophet

Contact Information


Courses Recently Taught

  • Poetry and Empire: the Arabic Ode (in English)
  • Tracing the Nasibic Journey (in Arabic)
  • Translating Arabic Poetry, Modern, and Classical
  • The Mantle Odes: Praise Poem to the Prophet (in English and in Arabic)

Publication Highlights

  • Abū Tammām and the Poetics of the ‛Abbāsid Age. Leiden: Brill, 1991 [Arabic translation by Hassan Ezz el-Din, titled Al-Shi`r wa al-Shi`riyyah fi al-`Asr al-`Abbasi, Egyptian National Center for Translation, 2008].
  • The Mute Immortals Speak: Pre-Islamic Poetry and the Poetics of Ritual. Ithaca, New York: Cornell University Press, 1993.
  • Adab al-Siyāsah wa-Siyāsat al-Adab: al-Tafīir al-Tuqūsī li-Qasīdat al-Madh fī al-Shi‛r al-‛Arabī al-Qadīm [The Poetics of Politics and the Politics of Poetics: Ceremony in the Classical Arabic Panegyric Ode]. Translated by Hasan al-Banna `Izz al-Din, with the author. Cairo: General Egyptian Book Organization, 1998.
  • The Poetics of Islamic Legitimacy: Myth, Gender and Ceremony in the Classical Arabic Ode. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2002.
  • Early Islamic Poetry and Poetics: The Formation of the Classical Islamic World, 37. United Kingdom: Ashgate Variorum, 2009.
  • The Mantle Odes: Arabic Praise Poems to the Prophet Muhammad. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2010.
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