T. Emil Homerin

Professor of Religion
Chair of Department of Religion and Classics
PhD, University of Chicago, 1987

424 Rush Rhees Library
(585) 275-4760
Fax: (585) 276-1230

Office Hours: By appointment

Curriculum Vitae

Th. Emil Homerin is Professor of Religion and Chair of the Department of Religion & Classics at the University of Rochester, where he teaches courses on Islam, classical Arabic literature, and mysticism. Homerin completed his PhD with honors at the University of Chicago. A specialist in Arabic literature and Islam, Homerin has lived and worked in Egypt and Turkey for a number of years.

Homerin has been the recipient of grants from the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation, the Fulbright Foundation, the American Research Center in Egypt, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He has also received a number of awards including the American Association of Teachers of Arabic Translation Prize, the Golden Key Honor Society's recognition for his contributions to undergraduate education, the G. Graydon & Jane W. Curtis Award for Excellence in Teaching, the University of Rochester’s Teacher of the Year Award, and the Goergen Award for Distinguished Achievement and Artistry in Undergraduate Education.

Research Interests

Islam; Arabic Literature; Mysticism

Selected Publications


  • ‘Ā’ishah al-Bā’ūnīyah’s Principles of Sufism. Arabic text with English translation. New York University Press, 2014.
  • Passion Before Me, My Fate Behind: ‘Umar Ibn al-Fārid and The Poetry of Recollection. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2011.
  • The Wine of Love & Life: Ibn Fārid's al-Khamrīyah and al-Qaysarīs Quest for Meaning. Chicago: Chicago Papers on the Middle East. Middle East Center, University of Chicago, 2005.
  • Editor. Arabic Literature in Mamluk Domains (1250-1517). Mamlūk Studies Review 7 (2003), special thematic issue.
  • Umar Ibn al-Fārid: Sufi Verse, Saintly Life. New York: Paulist Press, Classics of Western Spirituality Series, 2001.
  • From Arab Poet to Muslim Saint: Ibn al-Fārid, His Verse, and His Shrine. 2nd ed. with a new introduction: American University in Cairo Press, 2001. 1st ed., University of South Carolina Press, 1994.


  • “A Distant Fire: Ibn al-Shahrazūrī’s Mystical Ode and Arabic Sufi Verse.” Journal of Sufi Studies, 4:1 (2015). Forthcoming.
  • “Alexandria and Cairo.” In Regeneration: A Literary History of Europe, 1348-1418. Edited by David Wallace. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Forthcoming.
  • “Another Prophetic Paradigm: Moses in Sufi Verse.” In A Legacy of Learning: Essays in Honor of Jacob Neusner. Edited by Alan Avery-Peck, et al. Leiden: E.J.Brill, 2014, 360-71.
  • “’Recalling You, my Lord: ‘Ā’ishah al-Bā’ūnīyah on dhikr.” Mamlūk Studies Review 17(2013): 130-54.
  • “The Golden Rule in Islam. In The Golden Rule in World Religions. Edited by Jacob Neusner. New York: Continuum Press, 2008, 99-115.
  • “’On the Battleground:’ al-Nābulusī’s Encounters with a Poem by Ibn al-Fārid.” Journal of Arabic Literature 38 (2007): 353-411.
  • "Islam & Altruism." In Altruism in Religious Perspective. Ed. Jacob Neusner. Washington, DC: Georgetown Press, 2005, 69-87.
  • "Arabic Religious Poetry: 1200-1800." In The Cambridge History of Arabic Literature: The Post-Colonial Period. Edited by Roger Allen and Donald Richards. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006, 74-86.


  • REL 107: History of Islam
  • REL 162W: Mysticism
  • REL 167: Speaking Stones
  • REL 240W: Muhammad and the Qur'an
  • REL 243W: Islamic Mysticism
  • REL 244W: Islamic Mystical Poetry
  • REL 247W: Islam and the Third World