James E. Montgomery is Sir Thomas Adams Professor of Arabic and Fellow of Trinity Hall, Department of Middle Eastern Studies, Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Cambridge.
"I recommend this book to serious seekers of al-Jahiz, especially graduate students who would like to benefit from Montgomery's scholarship as those students at the University of Cambridge have done over the years, and for whom major parts of it were written in the first place." -- Issa J. Boullata, McGill University, Review of Middle East Studies
"There is more translation of The Book of the Living here than ever been in English, in itself making it a worthy contribution to the field thirsty for such material, but it is the extensive commentary and explication of the argument which make the work so impressive. Cross-referencing shows a deep familiarity with all seven volumes of The Book of the Living and the rest of the Jahizian corpus." -- Lydia Wilson, The Times Literary Supplement