FACULTY

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Muhsin al-Musawi

Professor Muhsin al-Musawi is a literary critic and a scholar of classical and modern Arabic literature and comparative cultural studies. He taught for over two decades at universities in the Arab world before moving to Columbia University. He is the author of twenty-eight books (including four novels) and over sixty scholarly articles. He has been the editor of the Journal of Arabic Literature [ Brill Academic Publishers] since 2000.

Professor al-Musawi’s teaching and research interests span several periods, trends, and genres. His books include: Scheherazade in England (1981); The Society of One Thousand and One Nights (2000); Anglo-Orient: Easterners in Textual Camps (2000); The Postcolonial Arabic Novel: Debating Ambivalence (2003); Arabic Poetry: Trajectories of Modernity and Tradition (2006); Reading Iraq: Culture and Power in Conflict (2006); The Islamic Context of the Thousand and One Nights (Columbia University Press, 2009); and Islam in the Street: The Dynamics of Arabic Literary Production (Rowman & Littlefield, 2009). He is also the editor of and a contributor toArabic Literary Thresholds: Sites of Rhetorical Turn in Contemporary Scholarship(2009), and wrote the introduction and notes to the Barnes & Noble edition of The Thousand and One Nights, published in 2007. His most recent book is The Medieval Islamic Republic of Letters: Arabic Knowledge Construction (University of Notre Dame Press, April 2015) and his most recent novel is Sulaf Tavern of Baghdad (Sulaf Baghdad; Beirut: Arabic Center Publications, in Arabic, 2016). His most recent edited book is Arabic Literature for the Classroom: Teaching Methods, Theories, Themes and Texts (Routledge, 2017). Professor al-Musawi was the recipient of the Owais Award in Literary Criticism in 2002.

Reviews of The Medieval Islamic Republic of Letters

 

Recent Books

  • Arabic Literature for the Classroom: Teaching Methods, Theories, Themes and Texts. Routledge, 2017.
  • Sulaf Tavern of Baghdad (Sulaf Baghdad; Beirut: Arabic Center Publications, in Arabic, 2016)
  • Arabic Literary Thresholds: Sites of Rhetorical Turn in Contemporary Scholarship
    edited, Brill, 2009
  • The Islamic Context of the Thousand and One Nights
    Columbia University Press, 2009

 

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