What is wrong with our current “administrative state” to deserve this new call for deconstruction? Deconstruction entered literary theory in the 1970s as a rigorous tool for self-critique. This, however, is not Bannon’s idea of deconstruction. 


This is a time when we must heed the lessons of the Holocaust, revere the memories of Japanese-Americans, and venerate the integrity of the Judiciary. We must understand patriotism as the relentless defense of civil liberties and as an unyielding resistance to the normalization of discrimination, numbness, cynicism, and detachment.


Despite its divisive intent, the Muslim Ban has brought people from diverse ethnic, religious, and sexual backgrounds together to reject the hate lying behind this policy.  


“I am Muslim” is now an incomplete sentence, an utterance that must be finessed with a comma and another embedded sentence to mitigate the dismaying associations of the word “Muslim."


Homage to a renowned Egyptian novelist whose work resonates both in Egypt and abroad. 


A critique of former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper's anti-niqab policy and the dangerous rhetoric of Islamophobia. 


An all-inclusive future for Comparative Literature remains a Sisyphean task, but this must not discourage attempts to expand the field's cultural horizons.

Mohammad Salama
Associate Professor of Arabic, San Francisco State University

I received my PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2005, with a focus on Arabic literature. I was born in Alexandria, Egypt where I spent my childhood and adolescent years. After High School, I moved to Cairo to study English and Arabic at al-Alsun, Rifa'a al-Tahtawi's first school of translation in the Arab world, where I received my BA and MA in modern English Literature and Translation. My interests include modern and classical Arabic literature, Quranic Studies, comparative literary trends in colonial and post-colonial Europe and the Arab world, as well as French and Egyptian cinema. I have published in a number of scholarly venues, including der Islam, SCTIW Review, JAL, ASJ, ALIF, and AHR. My book Islam, Orientalism, and Intellectual History (I.B. Tauris) and a co-edited volume on German Colonialism (Columbia UP) both appeared in 2011. My forthcoming book,The Qur'an and Modern Arabic Literary Criticism (Bloomsbury: Suspensions) is expected to appear in 2017. I am currently completing an article on the intellectual legacy of Nasr Hamid Abu Zayd (Boundary 2, 2016) and a monograph on Islam and the Culture of Modern Egypt: 1908-1958.


"Reclaiming Quranic Exegesis: Nasr Hamid Abu Zayd between Traditionalism and Postsecularism"
Boundary 2 | 2016
"Kafka and the Anglophone Arabs, or, The Starting Point of Theorizing Arab Immigrant Narratives: A Review Essay of Waїl Hassan’s Immigrant Narratives"
SCTIW Review | April, 2015
أدب العالم بين المركزية و التهميش: قراءة في الأدب العربي ما بعد الاستعمار
ALIF: Journal of Comparative Poetics, Vol.34 | April, 2014
"Locating the Secular in Sayyid Qutb"
Arab Studies Journal, Vol. XX No. 1 | April, 2012
Islam, Orientalism and Intellectual History: Modernity and the Politics of Exclusion since Ibn Khaldun
I.B. Tauris | 2011

Mohammad Salama is reading

The Medieval Islamic Republic of Letters
Tafsir and Islamic Intellectual History: Exploring the Boundaries of a Genre