Jeson Ng

Jeson Ng
Arabic Language and Literature

Jeson is a PhD student with interests in constructions and contestations of identity across the medieval Mediterranean and allegory and metaphor as epistemic sources in the pre-modern Arabophone world. He seeks to read pre-modern Arabic texts, particularly the poetry, as generative of their own critical apparatus and bring pre-modern Arabic literature into conversation with comparative fields of inquiry. Jeson’s article in Al-Masāq, “Women of the Crusades: The Constructedness of the Female Other, 1100–1200,” compares twelfth-century Crusader-era texts in Old French and Arabic, exploring how motifs of race and gender helped sustain a religio-ideological conflict that was neither necessary nor inevitable. A stint in communications followed his graduation from the University of Cambridge with a BA in Arabic and French. Jeson has also had the opportunity to study in Beirut, Palestine and Amman. At UChicago, he is a Neubauer Family Distinguished Doctoral Fellow.