Andras Hamori did his undergraduate work at Princeton in what was then called the Department of Oriental Languages and Literatures; then went to Harvard, studied Arabic and ancient Semitic languages, and wrote a dissertation in comparative Semitic linguistics. Since 1967 he has been teaching at Princeton.
"Most of my publications have had to do with pre-modern Arabic poetry and prose. Some of the studies of poetry have dealt with the transformations in the poetic presentation of the world brought about by the end of paganism in Arabia and the development of early Islamic civilization. In other studies I have tried to uncover some of the implicit conventions of this poetic tradition that was so rich and self-assured, and so different in its structural assumptions from what the modern reader (in the Arab world or in the West) is accustomed to."
For a long time my studies on prose were directed at narrative in the 1001 Nights. Recently I have become very interested in two areas of research in medieval Islamic literature: the use of folkloric elements in "highbrow" entertainment literature, and the artistic shaping of historical narrative."
- On the Art of Medieval Arabic Literature. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1974.
- "Notes on Two Love Stories from The Thousand and One Nights." Studia Islamica 43 (1976), pp. 65–80.
- "The Magician and the Whore: Readings of Qamar al-Zaman." In The 1001 Nights: Critical Essays and Annotated Bibliography. Ed. Kay Hardy Campbell et al. Cambridge, MA: Dar Mahjar, 1985, pp. 25–40.
- The Composition of Mutanabbi's Panegyrics to Sayf al-Dawla. Leiden: Brill, 1992.
- “La maison de l’amour incestueux.” In Les Mille et une nuits en partage. Ed. Aboubakr Chraibi. Paris: Sindbad, 2005, pp. 199–215.
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Andras Hamori: On the Art of Medieval Arabic Literature (1974)