Professor Roberto Tottoli
Professor Roberto Tottoli, University of Naples, L'Orientale, is an eminent Arabist and scholar of Islamic history and an expert in Arabic Qur’anic manuscript traditions as well as in the history of European Latin and vernacular translations of the Qur’an. Since 2002 he has taught Islamic Studies and Islamic Arabic literature in the Africa and Mediterranean Asia Department at the University of Naples L'Orientale. His research interests focus on Muslim traditions and literature. His early studies and his PhD dealt with the stories of the biblical prophets in the Quran and Islamic literature, especially in the early centuries of Islam. He later expanded his interests to hadith literature, Quranic exegesis, and Muslim contemporary literature. In more recent years Professor Tottoli's interests focus on issues around textual criticism in relation Arabic texts, the literary genres of Islamic literature, and contemporary Islam. Professor Roberto Tottoli is a regular contributor to the Encyclopaedia of Islam and writes as a commentator on issues related to Islam and the Islamic world on Corriere della sera. His publications include 'Biblical Prophets in the Qur'an and Muslim literature' and 'The Stories of the Prophets of Ibn Mutarrif al-Tarafi'.