Jelle Bruning is an Arabist and currently lectures at Leiden University. Among his fields of interest are the early history of Islam, social and political history of the Rightly-Guided, Umayyad and Abbasid periods, non-literary (documentary) sources on the history of the medieval Near East, especially written in Arabic, Coptic and Greek, and medicine in the medieval Muslim world.
He received a training in Arabic studies at Leiden University with a specialization in Christianity under medieval Muslim rule and medieval medicine (MPhil 2009). In April 2014, Jelle Bruning defended his PhD thesis "The rise of a capital: on the development of al-Fustat’s relationship with its hinterland, 18/639-132/750." For more information about his PhD research, click here (in English) and here (in Dutch).