Alexander Key's interests range across the literary and intellectual history of the Arabic and Persian-speaking worlds from the seventh century, together with Western political thought and philosophy. He received his Ph.D. in Arabic and Islamic Studies from Harvard University's Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations in May 2012.
He is currently working on two books. One is a study of the Arabic philosophy of language, with a focus on the critical eleventh century. Its three chapters ("Arabic", "Philosophy", and "Language") will make the argument that Arabic-speaking intellectual culture was particularly productive when it came to thinking about language, and that the resulting theories constitute a valuable contribution to our conversations about the philosophy of language. The second book is a philological study of the tenth/eleventh century litterateur and polymath Ragib al-Isfahani, which will include the first ever edition of Ragib's poetics.
Alexander is a founding editor of New Middle Eastern Studies (http://www.brismes.ac.uk/nmes/), where he has edited articles on femininity in 1920s Lebanon, women Muslim leaders in Central Asia, Iran's nuclear program, Salafi conceptions of citizenship, and Art in the Arab Spring.