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Adam Talib

  • Position: Associate Professor
  • Department: Department of Arab and Islamic Civilizations
  • Email: atalib@aucegypt.edu
Brief Biography

Adam Talib is a co-editor of the journal Middle Eastern Literatures and a scholar of classical Arabic poetry. He is also an award-winning translator of Arabic into English. His first book, How Do You Say “Epigram” in Arabic? Literary History at the Limits of Comparison, uses the methods of archival literary history, classical Arabic philology, and translation to explore the limitations of the epigram as a category in literary studies. By bringing to light the previously unknown history of Arabic maqāṭīʿ-poetry, the book demonstrates how extra-European literary histories can inform and radically transform both the intellectual basis of comparative literature and the landscape of world literature.

Research Interest
  • Classical Arabic poetry
  • Arabic literary history and the canon
  • Comparative Islamicate poetry: the development of poetic traditions in Arabic, Persian, and Ottoman literatures
  • Classical Arabic literary scholarship: rhetoric, criticism, and prosody
  • Literary translation
  • 2014, DPhil, University of Oxford
  • 2008, MA, The American University in Cairo
  • 2006, BA, University of California, Los Angeles