J.E. Montgomery is a Sir Thomas Adams's Professor of Arabic at the University of Cambridge. He studied Arabic and Ancient Greek at Glasgow University (1980-1984), spent two years at Oxford (1984-1986), where he was a Snell Exhibitioner at Balliol College before taking up a lectureship at Glasgow (1986-1992). Senior Lectureships at Oslo and Leeds preceded his move to Cambridge in 1997. His latest publication is Al-Jahiz: In Praise of Books (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2013).