Hany Rashwan

 Hany Rashwan
  • Arabic Literature & Comparative Poetics

Areas of Expertise:
Arabic poetics; Islamic literature; Visual poetics; World literature; Translation studies; Postcolonial studies; Feminist literary theory

since 2022


United Arab Emirates University, United Arab Emirates

College of Humanities and Social Sciences
PO Box 15551, Al Ain
Abu Dhabi
United Arab Emirates

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About me

I am an Assistant professor of Arabic Language and Literature at the United Arab Emirates University as well as an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham, UK. Since completing my Ph.D. at SOAS in Cultural, Literary, and Postcolonial Studies, I have been fortunate to be part of several cutting-edge research projects in Arabic Poetics and Comparative Literature. In addition, I received the International Society for the History of Rhetoric (ISHR) Research Fellowship. My current research project is to rediscover the comparative literary practices in the pre-modern multilingual Islamic world(s). My primary research goal is to reinvigorate the studies of non-European literary theory and criticism to let these cultures speak for themselves without any automatic imposition of Eurocentrism or Arab centrism.

I had the chance to hold different academic positions in Egypt, Lebanon, UK, and UAE This experience made me realise the importance of cultural dialogue that respects differences and appreciates common heritage and challenges.

AGYA offers me an excellent opportunity to be part of interdisciplinary conversations between German and European universities and institutions in the Arab countries. 

Academic career
2022 - today Assistant Professor of Arabic Language and Literature, United Arab Emirates University, UAE
2022 - 2024 Honorary Research Fellow, University of Birmingham, UK
2019 - 2022 Research Fellow of Arabic Literary Theory, University of Birmingham, UK
2017 - 2018 Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, American University of Beirut, Lebanon
2012 - 2016 Doctor of Philosophy, SOAS University of London, UK
2011 - 2012 Master of Philosophy, SOAS University of London, UK

On a personal note

Must read in my discipline:
Against World Literature: On the Politics of Untranslatability by Emily Apter

Favourite novel:
The Land Of Hypocrisy (أرض النفاق – يوسف السباعي) by Yusuf Al-Sibai

The scientist from my country you should know:
Ahmed H. Zewail (1946-2016), Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1999