I grew up in the aftermath of Nasser’s Egypt, where public education was made free for all.


In the wake of the massacre in New Zealand, a reflection on the need to confront hatred, to come together as one human community and to learn that our difference is the formative experience of existence on earth.


Reflections on the Supreme Court during the Trump Presidency as the tattered clothes of National Security conceal the viciousness of partisan politics and xenophobia. 


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.

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Mohammad Salama
Professor of Arabic, San Francisco State University
I received my PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2005. I was born in Alexandria, Egypt where I spent my childhood and adolescent years. After High School, I moved to Cairo to study at ‘Ayn Shams University, where I studied classical and modern Arabic and received my BA and MA in Literature and Translation. I am a recipient of two Fulbright Scholar Awards. My interests include modern and classical Arabic literature, Quranic Studies, Comparative Cultural Studies in the colonial and post-colonial Arab world, as well as French and Egyptian cinemas. I have published in scholarly venues that include der Islam, SCTIW Review, JAL, ASJ, ALIF, and AHR. My book Islam, Orientalism, and Intellectual History (I.B. Tauris) and the co-edited volume, German Colonialism (Columbia UP) both appeared in 2011. My forthcoming books, The Qur'an and Modern Arabic Literary Criticism: From Taha to Nasr (Bloomsbury ) and Islam and the Culture of Modern Egypt (Cambridge UP) will both appear in 2018.


Islam and the Culture of Modern Egypt
Cambridge Uinversity Press | 2018
The Qur'an and Modern Arabic Literary Criticism: From Taha to Nasr
Bloomsbury | 2018
Islam, Orientalism and Intellectual History: Modernity and the Politics of Exclusion since Ibn Khaldun
I.B. Tauris | 2011

Mohammad Salama is reading

The Life and Times of Abū Tammām
Religious Diversity
ما وراء تأسيس الأصول – مساهمة في نزع أقنعة التقديس
Mafāṭīḥ al-Ghayb