Professor Margaret Larkin is a scholar of Arabic literature whose work covers both the classical and modern periods and deals with texts composed in both literary Arabic and Egyptian colloquial Arabic. She received her Ph.D. from the Department of Middle East Languages and Cultures in 1989. She also studied at the American University in Cairo. In 2010 Larkin was named the Bayard Dodge Distinguished Visting Professor in the Department of Arab and Islamic Civilizations at the American University in Cairo.
Her areas of particular interest include:
- iʽjāz al-Qur’ān (the stylistic inimitability of the Qur’an);
- poetry of Abu’l-Ṭayyib al-Mutanabbī (d. 965 CE);
- literature of the Mamlūk era, especially popular poetry.
- The Theology of Meaning: ʽAbd al-Qāhir al-Jurjānī’s Theory of Discourse;