I am a comparatist and critical theorist interested in the literary, theological and cultural intersections between Mediterranean, Islamic, Arab, British and North American traditions of thought and critique. I I taught at the Ohio State University as an assistant professor in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, and comparative studies. Prior to that, I taught at Bard College and at Hofstra University as an assistant professor in Arabic and Comparative Literature. At Bard and Hofstra, I directed the Arabic, and the study abroad programs, and taught at Bard’s First Year Seminar Program and at the Bard College Prison Initiative.
In 2001, I was nominated the doctoral Lisa Proctor Fellow of Comparative Literature at Princeton University. After my fellowship, I was appointed a lecturer in the department of Near Eastern Studies, and department of Politics at Princeton where I taught courses in Arabic language, literature and political theory.
My other teaching experience includes courses on British India, and critical theory at the University Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University, Modern Arabic Literature in English translation at Rutgers University, and graduate courses on Critical Islamic Thought and Modern Intellectuals of the Middle East at the School of Theology (Ilahiyat) at Dukuz Eylül University in Izmir/Turkey. My teaching interests cover modern and classical Arabic literatures, Arab-American literature, Middle Eastern/ North African intellectual and political history, Francophone/British/Anglophone modern literatures, postcolonial criticism and theory, and philosophy of religion.
I am author of The Play of Reasons: the Sacred and the Profane in Salman Rushdie’s Fiction, (Peter Lang, 2012) which argues that Salman Rushdie’s eclectic and hybridized work can be situated within an Islamic genealogy of theological and literary traditions. I have published articles on the works of Salman Rushdie, Taha Hussayn, Edward Said, Iqbal Ahmad and Mohammed Arkoun. My research focuses on the interface between critical theories and Islamic thought; the relationship between literature and theology, and questions of democratization through liberal arts within the contexts of the Arab and Islamic worlds.
I am on the editorial board of Ikhtilaf: the Journal of Critical Humanities and Social Studies, (Mohammad 1st University, Oujda, Morocco). In the past, I acted as a peer reviewer for The Palma Research Journal, Notre Dame University Press, Lebanon, for Culture, Theory and Critique, Routledge, England, and for Research in African Literatures Journal, the Ohio State University.
I am editor of The Society for Contemporary Thought and the Islamicate World Journal (SCTIW Review).
Middle East/Near East Studies
Geographic Areas of Interest
Critical Theory; Arab-American Literature; Modern
Re-casting an “Archaic Modernism” in the Classical Literary Canon
Contemporary Arabic Theatre: Tayeb Saddiki’s Experimental Fusion of Technique and Content
Mapping New Directions in Middle Eastern Studies: Democratizing Post-colonial Theory
Arab-American Women Writers on War: Memory, Trauma and the Afflicted Text
From Prescriptive to Reflexive Sermon: The “Return” of Philosophy to the Mosque in Exile
Women's Biographies in the Arab World: From the Rhetorics of Exemplarity to the Politics of the Memoir and the Novel
The “Retardation” of Unitarian Postcoloniality in North Africa: Psycho-Colonialism, Psycho-nationalism, and the Dismemberment of the Arab Maghreb Union.