Mohammad Salama

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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.


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"Reclaiming Quranic Exegesis: Nasr Hamid Abu Zayd between Traditionalism and Postsecularism"
Boundary 2 | 2018
"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
"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 Life and Times of Abū Tammām
ما وراء تأسيس الأصول – مساهمة في نزع أقنعة التقديس
Religious Diversity
Mafāṭīḥ al-Ghayb