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.
|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
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