Peter Tarras is currently writing his PhD thesis in the field of Arabic philosophy at the Munich School of Ancient Philosophy (MUSAΦ), mainly focusing on the relation between the problem of evil and conceptions of free will in Arabic Neoplatonism in the period from the 8th to 10th century CE. Methodologically this work seeks to investigate the history of Arabic philosophy from an integrative perspective, taking serious intellectual exchange between philosophical and non-philosophical discourses as well as between Jewish, Christian and Muslim intellectuals in the Islamicate world. His research interests further include medieval Jewish philosophy in Arabic and Hebrew, Oriental Christian literature, especially Christian-Arabic and Syriac, as well as Judeo-Arabic literature. As an affiliated member of the Biblia Arabica project, he works on biblical quotations in Christian-Arabic apologetical literature, Bible commentaries, and the history of modern manuscript collections.

Selected publications relevant to the project

“The Spirit Before the Letter: Theodore Abū Qurra’s Use of Biblical Quotations in the Context of Early Christian Arabic Apologetics.” In Senses of Scripture, Treasures of Tradition: The Bible in Arabic among Jews, Christians and Muslims, edited by Miriam Lindgren Hjälm, 79–103. Biblia Arabica 5. Leiden: Brill, 2017. https://doi.org/10.1163/9789004347403_005.