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Herbert Mason was Emeritus Professor and the William Goodwin Aurelio Professor of History and Religious Thought at Boston University. His field of teaching was Arabic and Islamic studies, the presentation of worldviews in the major systems of religious thought and practice, and in the classical Mediterranean, Mesopotamian and early Celtic traditions of mythology and literature.
His books include Gilgamesh, A Verse Narrative and his four-volume translation of La Passion d'al-Hallaj by Louis Massignon. He was a consulting editor of Banipal for many years.