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Research overview

My research focuses on modern Arabic fiction and it is based on a close-textual analysis of primary sources. My approach aims at filling a gap in the literary criticism of Arabic literature available in non-Arabic languages which too often seems to neglect the artistic element of Arabic fictional texts. I connect this technical analysis to the wider theoretical and cultural context.

In the past I focused on the experimental and innovative works of some of the most significant Arab writers (Yusuf Idris, Idwar al-Kharrat, Muhammad Barrada and Elyas Khoury).

More recently, in collaboration with Catherine Cobham, I have focused on the narrative works of Iraqi fiction writers such as 'Abd al-Malik Nuri, Fu'ad al-Takarli, Gha'ib Tu'ma Farman and Mahdi 'Isa al-Saqr.

In collaboration with Catherine Cobham, I am exploring the work of the Iraqi writer Muhammad Khudayyir within a Post-Colonial, trans-genreric and autobiographical framework.

I am also researching new trends in Arabic literature (with specific emphasis on Iraqi artists who live either in Iraq or in exile).

Teaching activity

I teach Arabic modules (both core language modules and Modern Arabic Literature & Culture modules) at Sub-Honours, Honours and Postgraduate levels.

I devised the Honours module Fannanat: Arab Women's Creativity in Modern Arab Culture, which I teach and coordinate.

Profile Keywords

Arabic Language; Modern Arabic Literature; Iraqi Fiction

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


  • PI Oriental languages and literatures
  • Modern Arabic Literature
  • Iraqi Literature


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