Matthew L. Keegan is the Moinian Assistant Professor of Asian and Middle Eastern Cultures at Barnard College of Columbia University. His research focuses on the intersections of Arabic literature and Islamic thought in the pre-modern world, with a particular interest in the receptions of and commentary tradition on the Maqāmāt of al-Ḥarīrī. In addition to his research on the Maqāmāt, he has published articles on Islamic legal riddles, Quranic exegesis, and the poetry and prose of the Ayyubid period. He holds a BA from Williams College, an M.Phil from Cambridge University, and a PhD from New York University. Prior to joining Barnard, he held positions at Freie Universität Berlin and the American University of Sharjah.