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Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies

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Emeritus Professor Rasheed El-Enany

BA (Cairo) PhD (Exon)

Professor Emeritus


I research into all genres of modern Arabic literature, with particular interest in the fiction of Egyptian Nobel laureate, Naguib Mahfouz; issues of literary influence and comparative literature generally; literature and ideology; literature and culture with particular interest in perceptions of self and other as expressed in literary production.

I have founded and continue to edit the Edinburgh Studies in Modern Arabic Literature Series, a monograph series deditcated to the study of modern Arabic literature from the 19th century to the present day, published by Edinburgh University Press. Thirty monographs have been published since 2012.

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Literature and ideology; literature and culture with particular interest in perceptions of self and other as expressed in literary production.

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I supervise research based primarily in the modern period, i.e. 19th and 20th centuries.

My main fields of interest are Arabic fiction, drama, and other prose genres; Arabic poetry; and comparative literature

Research students

Echoes of English Free Verse in Modern Arabic Poetry;

Baha' Tahir and Saul Bellow: a Comparative Study;

The influence of William Wordsworth on the Diwan Group;

Francophone Fiction in Algeria;

Social Criticism in the Saudi Novel;

Problems of Translation of Modern Arabic Verse into English;

Influence of Ibn Tufayl's Hayy bin Yaqzan on Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe.

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  • Rasheed El-Enany. (2009) 'Theme and Identity in Postcolonial Arabic Writing’, Chewing Over the West, Rodopi.


  • El-Enany R. (2007) Naguib Mahfouz: His Life and Times, Haus Publishing & American University in Cairo Press.


  • El-Enany R. (2006) Arab Representations of the Occident: east-west encounters in Arab fiction, Routledge.
  • El-Enany R. (2006) The Madness of Non-Conformity: Woman versus society in the fiction of Salwa Bakr, Journal of Arabic Literature, volume 37, no. 3, pages 376-415, DOI:10.1163/157006406779159508.
  • El-Enany R. (2006) Interrogating the Text: Studies in Arabic Fiction (in Arabic:Istintaq al-nass: maqalat fi al-sard al-arabi), al-Dar al-Misriyya al-Lubnaniyya.


  • El-Enany R. (2003) Haykal's fiction in view of his ideas about national literature, Muammad Husayn Haykal wa Juhdud al-Istinra al-Miriyya, 219-229.


  • El-Enany R. (2002) Self and Other in two writers from the Maghreb: Ali Du’aji and Muhammad Zifzaf, La Grande Bretagne et le Maghreb, Fondation Temimi pour la Recherche Scientifique et l'Information, 79-84.
  • El-Enany R. (2002) An Early Arab Encounter with America: The Story of Mikha'il Na'ayma, The United States and the Middle East: Cultural Encounters, Yale Center for International and Area Studies, 208-222.

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