Welcome to the Middle Eastern Texts Initiative, home of the Islamic Translation Series, the Eastern Christian Texts series, and the Medical Works of Moses Maimonides.
The Middle Eastern Texts Initiative (METI) is an effort to renew the memory and enlarge the human understanding of communities and ideas that shaped the present in all but forgotten ways. Our primary project is the edition, translation, and publication of texts from the period during which Islamicate civilizations flourished in the Middle East and the Mediterranean world (from roughly the 8th to 15th centuries CE). We collaborate with scholars at numerous academic institutions who have backgrounds in Arabic, Syriac, Hebrew, philosophy, philology, medieval science, Islamic studies, Eastern Christian studies, and so on, to bring important texts that are the intellectual heritage of all people back into circulation. In doing so, we celebrate the joint achievements of diverse thinkers and scholars across time and geography and look for ways to model such cooperation in our own time.
Each carefully edited text is paired with an expert translation, presented in parallel format, with the original-language text on one page and the translation on the facing page. In addition, scholars annotate their editions and translations with comments that discuss the contexts and relevance of these texts, making them accessible to students and educated readers. Titles published by the Middle Eastern Texts Initiative bear the imprint of Brigham Young University Press and are distributed worldwide at accessible prices by the University of Chicago Press.
We invite you to explore this website to learn more about METI publications, its various series, and related projects and events.