Adam Talib

 Adam Talib
  • Arabic Literature,
  • Comparative Literature,
  • Philology

Areas of Expertise:
Classical Arabic poetry; Manuscript production; Literary theory and methods; Translation

since 2023


The American University in Cairo, Egypt

113 Kasr El Aini St.
P.O. Box 2511
Cairo, 11511

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About me

I teach Classical Arabic literature at the American University in Cairo and am a co-editor of the journal Middle Eastern Literatures. I am currently working on a book project that traces the development of media formats and circulation networks against developments in the artistic tradition we call Classical Arabic poetry. I am always looking for unknown or ignored sources for Classical Arabic poetry and enjoy spending time in the company of manuscripts. 

I enjoy contributing to AGYA’s mission of promoting interdisciplinary and transnational research and educational capacity-building in the Arab region and Germany.

Academic career
2022 - todayAssociate Professor, Department of Arab & Islamic Civilizations, American University in Cairo, Egypt
2021 - todayCo-editor, Middle Eastern Literatures
2017 - 2022Associate Professor, School of Modern Languages, Durham University, UK
2017First Prize (tied), Arabic to English Translation, Sheikh Hamad Award for Translation and Int’l Understanding. Shared with Katharine Halls for our translation of Raja Alem, The Dove’s Necklace (Duckworth Overlook, 2016).
2017 - 2020Associate Editor, Journal of Arabic Literature
2012 - 2017Assistant Professor, Dept of Arab & Islamic Civilizations, American University in Cairo, Egypt
2014DPhil in Oriental Studies, University of Oxford, UK
2010 - 2011DAAD visiting doctoral research, Institut für Arabistik und Islamwissenschaft, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Germany
2008MA in Arabic Language and Literature, American University in Cairo, Egypt
2006BA in Comparative Literature, UCLA, USA
My Commitment to AGYA
Member in Charge of the Working Group 'Arab and German Education'

On a personal note

Must read in my discipline: 
Walter Andrews, Poetry’s Voice, Society’s Song: Ottoman Lyric Poetry

Favorite novel:
Iman Mersal, Traces of Enayat