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Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies

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Professor Christina Phillips

Professor of Arabic and Comparative Literature, Institute Director


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I am Associate Professor in Arabic and Comparative Literature and Director of the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies.

I wrote my PhD thesis on experimentation and intertextuality in modern Arabic literature at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS, 2002-2006) before taking up a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship (also at SOAS, 2007-2010) and joined the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter, in September 2010.

My research interests are Arabic and Arab Anglophone writing, comparative literature, religion & literature, translation studies and ecocriticism. My recent book, Religion in the Egyptian Novel: Themes and Approaches was published by Edinburgh University Press in July 2019. I am currently working on a new monograph on Literature and Environment in Israel/Palestine. I have also published a number of translations from Arabic, including Nobel Prize for Literature Winner Naguib Mahfouz's Morning and Evening Talk, Mohamed Berrada's Like A Summer Never to be Repeated and Samuel Shimon's Iraqi in Paris.

I teach UG and PG modules on literature and film in Israel/Palestine, literary translation, Middle Eastern and postcolonial literature, and advanced Arabic language.

I supervise PhD students working on literature and film in the Middle East, Arab-Anglophone literature, Arabic literary and cultural translation studies, and postcolonial literary studies more generally. 

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Arabic and Arab anglophone writing, literature & environment, religion & literature, comparative literature, translation studies, postcolonial theory.

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 I welcome PhD students working on literature and film in the Middle East, Arab-Anglophone literature, Arabic literary and cultural translation studies, and postcolonial studies more generally. 

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Copyright Notice: Any articles made available for download are for personal use only. Any other use requires prior permission of the author and the copyright holder.

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  • Phillips CL. (2019) Religion in the Egyptian Novel, University of Edinburgh Press.


  • Phillips CL. (2018) Foreignisation, Domestication and Communication in the Translation of Modern Arabic Literature (forthcoming), Translating Modern Arabic Literature.


  • Phillips CL. (2012) Leila Aboulela’s The Translator: Reading Islam in the West, Wasafiri, volume 27, no. 1, pages 66-72.


  • Phillips CL. (2011) An Iraqi in Paris (autobiographical novel by Samuel Shimon, co-translated with Piers Amodia), Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing.
  • Phillips CL. (2011) The Game of Remembering: A Study of Narrative Strategies and the Postmodern Theme in Mohamed Berrada’s Mithl Sayf Lan Yatakarrar, Middle Eastern Literatures, volume 14, no. 1.


  • Phillips CL. (2009) A Beauty Parlour for Swans (translation of Hanan al-Shaykh's Salun al-Tajmil li'l-Baja'), Strange Attractor Press.
  • Phillips CL. (2009) The Beauty Parlour for Swans.
  • Phillips CL. (2009) Abd al-Hakim Qasim, Dictionary of Literary Biography: Twentieth Century Arabic Writers, Bruccoli Clark Layman, Inc,, 198-202.
  • Phillips CL. (2009) Like A Summer Never To Be Repeated (translation of Mohamed Berrada's novel Mithl Sayf Lan Yatakarrar), The American University in Cairo Press.


  • Phillips CL. (2008) An Attempt to Apply Gérard Genette’s Model of Hypertextuality to Najib Mahfuz’s Malhamat al-Harafish, Middle Eastern Literatures, volume 11, no. 3, pages 283-300.


  • Phillips CL. (2007) Mordechai's Moustache and his Wife's Cats, and other stories (by Mahmoud Shukair, co-translated with I. Boullata, E. Whitehouse & E. Winslow), Banipal Publishing Ltd.
  • Phillips CL. (2007) Morning and Evening Talk (translation of Naguib Mahfouz's novel Hadith al-Sabah wa'l-Masa'), The American University in Cairo Press.


  • Phillips CL. (2006) Bibliography of studies of Najib Mahfuz in English, Fusul, volume 69.
  • Phillips CL. (2006) Fragmentation and Intertextuality: Strategies to Represent Reality in Najib Mahfuz’s Al-Maraya (in Arabic), Fusul, volume 69, pages 209-229.

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Modules taught

  • ARA3103 - Advanced Arabic Language
  • ARA3160 - Intermediate Arabic Language I

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