Citizenship United States
|Name Issa Boullata|
|Born February 25, 1929 (1929-02-25) Jerusalem|
Occupation Scholar, writer, translator
Books The Bells of Memory: A Palesti, Trends and Issues in Contemp, A Retired Gentleman: And Othe, Routledge Studies in the Qur'a, Spin Glasses and Relat
Issa J. Boullata
Issa J. Boullata (Arabic: عيسى بُلاطه) is a Palestinian scholar, writer, and translator of Arabic literature. He was born in Jerusalem on February 25, 1929 during the British Mandate of Palestine. He obtained a First Class BA (Honours) in Arabic and Islamic studies in 1964 followed by a PhD in Arabic literature in 1969, both from the University of London. He taught Arabic studies for seven years at Hartford Seminary, Connecticut, before moving to McGill University, Montreal, in 1975. He taught graduate courses in Arabic Literature, Modern Arab Thought, and Qur'anic Studies at McGill's Institute of Islamic Studies until his retirement in 2004, and the honorific title of Emeritus Professor was conferred upon him on September 1, 2009. In his academic career in Hartford and Montreal, he was the supervisor of ten graduate students who wrote their PhD dissertations under his advice as well as thirty-eight who likewise wrote their MA theses——and some of these graduate students' works were later published. He currently lives in Montreal.
Boullata is the author of several books on Arabic literature and poetry, and on the Qur'an. He has also written numerous articles and book reviews for scholarly journals, as well as articles for several encyclopedias. He is a noted translator of Arabic literature and is a two-time winner of the Arkansas Arabic Translation Award. He is a contributing editor of Banipal magazine of London, and his literary translations have appeared in several issues of the magazine. Boullata served as consultant for "The Blue Metropolis Al-Majidi Ibn Dhaher Arab Literary Prize" offered by the Blue Metropolis Foundation at its annual international literary festival in Montreal. Named after the poet Al-Majidi Ibn Dhaher, the prize, worth CAD $5,000, was initiated in 2007 by his efforts with donors. The prize was sponsored by the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage, and was given yearly to a creative Arab writer at the recommendation of a jury composed of an international roster of poets, novelists and literary professionals. The prize is currently on hiatus, expected to return in 2017 with a new winner.
Boullata's eldest son, Dr. Joseph I. Boullata, is clinical faculty specializing in nutrition, pharmacology and therapeutics in Pennsylvania; his middle son is David Boullata, broadcaster (pseudonym: David Tyler) in Montreal, communications lecturer, and writer; and his youngest son, the Reverend Peter Boullata was the pastor of the Unitarian Universalist First Parish Church in Lexington, Massachusetts and is currently a PhD candidate in the spiritual care and psychotherapy program at Wilfirid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Kamal Boullata, the well-known painter, art historian, and literary writer, is his brother and lived in Menton, France and now lives in Berlin, Germany.