Mark S. Wagner | LSU Foreign Languages and Literatures

Mark S. Wagner 

Professor of Arabic 

Ph.D., New York University, 2004 
Phone: 225-578-2536
Office: 304 Hodges Hall

Area of Interest

Classical Arabic literature, Arabic vernacular literature, Islamic law, Muslim-Jewish relations.

Recent Teaching

Arabic 3101, Advanced Arabic I
Arabic 3102, Advanced Arabic II 
Honors 2013, (The 20th Century): Arab and Jew in Literatue and Film
Religious Studies/International Studies 3786: The Religion of Islam

Awards & Honors

2022 LSU Senior Scholar Rainmaker award
David J. Kriskovich Distinguished Professorship (2011-2013)
SIAS Summer Institute fellowship, AIYS research grant, National Foundation for Jewish Culture dissertation fellowship.
National Jewish Book Award Finalist (2nd place)—Sephardic Culture (2015)
Fellow, Institut d’études avancées de Paris (Spring 2017)
Visiting Scholar, University of Pennsylvania Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies (2018-2019)

Selected Publications


Jews and Islamic law in Early 20th Century Yemen (Indiana University Press, 2015)

Like Joseph in Beauty: Yemeni Vernacular Poetry and Arab-Jewish Symbiosis (Brill Studies in Middle Eastern Literatures, 2009)

Peer-reviewed articles and book chapters

“‘Hukm bi-ma anzala ’llah’: The Forgotten Prehistory of an Islamist Slogan” Journal of Qur’anic Studies 18.1(2016):1-27.

“The Problem of Non-Muslims Who Insult the Prophet Muhammad” Journal of the American
Oriental Society 135.3 (2015): 529-540.
Halakhah Through the Lens of Shari‘ah: The Case of the Kuhlani Synagogue in San‘a’, 1933-1944,” in Michael Laskier and Yaacov Lev, eds., The Convergence of Judaism and Islam: The Religious, Scientific and Cultural Dimensions, University Press of Florida (refereed), 2011, pp. 126-146.
“Jewish Mysticism on Trial in a Muslim Court: A Fatwa on The Zohar—Yemen 1914,” in Die Welt des Islams - International Journal for the Study of Modern Islam, 47.2, 2007, pp. 207-231.
“The Debate Between Coffee and Qat in Yemeni Literature,” in Middle Eastern Literatures, 8.2, 2005, pp. 121-151.