Country: Russia, Moscow
Short biography: Dmitry Frolov graduated cum laude from the Institute of Asian and African Countries at Lomonosov Moscow State University in 1970 with the Arabic language and literature as the main subject. In 1980, he defended a thesis for the degree of the Candidate of Sciences in Philology entitled “The Theory of Prepositions in the Traditional Arabic Grammar”. In 1992, he defended a thesis for the degree of the Doctor of Sciences in Philology, the title of the thesis was “Classical Arabic Verse. History and Theory of ʿArūḍ”. This was the first study of the system of Arabic versification carried out in Russia. Since 2002, he has been head of the Department of Arabic Philology at the Institute of Asian and African Countries, Moscow State University. Since 2011, he has been a Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Section of History and Philology). He is a member of the Academic Board of Moscow State University and of the Institute of Asian and African Countries, a member of the Middle East Studies Association (USA). He is a member of the editorial board of the Moscow University Bulletin (Series 13: Oriental Studies) and a member of the management board of Union Européenne des Arabisants et Islamisants (UEAI). Dmitry Frolov has made a considerable contribution to the comparative study of poetry, particularly to the study of the Quran. Besides Arabic language and literature, his interests include Biblical and Jewish studies. He has also made translations of Jewish philosophical texts written in Arabic. Another topic of his research is the poetry of Osip Mandelstam. At Moscow State University, he teaches courses in general linguistics, history of oriental linguistics, Arabic philology, Islam, history of Islamic exegesis, Quran, and history of mediaeval Jewish philosophy. In 2014, he was given an award for his contribution to the spiritual and educational activity of Muslims of Russia and for strengthening peace and harmony in Russian multiconfessional and multinational society. In 2015, he was awarded a Lomonosov Award of Moscow State University for his works in Quranic studies.
Academic degree, academic rank: Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, professor, Doctor of Sciences in Philology.
Place of work: Head of the Department of Arabic Philology at the Institute of Asian and African Countries, Moscow State University