Centre for Languages and Literature

The Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology | Lund University


My interest in translation and dialogue goes back to my childhood and youth in South India. In the 1970s, I studied Sanskrit in Copenhagen and Arabic and Religious Studies in Lund. In 1989, I presented my PhD thesis with a study and a text-critical edition of a Christian Arabic treatise from ninth-century Iraq. After research in Tübingen and Rome, I was appointed professor of Semitic Languages at Lund University in 1994. For six years I participated in a research programme on “Literary History: Towards a Global Perspective” and studied the Arabic concept of literature and the Arabic translation of the Iliad. Presently, I am a member of the research programme “Early Monasticism and Classical Paideia” and study sixth-century manuscripts of the Apophtegmata Patrum in Syriac. I was the secretary of the Royal Society of Letters at Lund 1997-2006, and I am a member of Deutsche Morgenländische Gesellschaft, Union européenne des arabisants et islamisants, and the American Oriental Society.



Books (5)
Articles (17)
Book chapters (40)
Conference contributions (1)
Reviews (24)
Articles in specialist publications and popular press (3)
Newspaper articles (4)
Supervision at Lund University (3)

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Other tasks and qualifications

Bo Holmberg

Arabic Studies
Centre for Languages and Literature

Church and Mission Studies
Centre for Theology and Religious Studies

Contact information

E-mail bo.holmbergmellost.luse

Phone +46 46 222 93 58

SOL:L501b (Arabic Studies)
LUX:B217 (Church and Mission Studies)

Visiting address
Helgonabacken 12, Lund (SOL)
Helgonavägen 3, Lund (LUX)

Postal address
Box 201, 221 00 Lund (Arabic Studies)
Box 192, 221 00 Lund (Church and Mission Studies)

Internal post code
20 (SOL)
30 (LUX)