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.
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"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
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The Medieval Islamic Republic of Letters
by Muhsin al-Musawi | 04.08.2015
Tafsir and Islamic Intellectual History: Exploring the Boundaries of a Genre
by Andreas Görke and Johanna Pink, eds. | 04.08.2014