The rhetoric of death, birth, resurrection and haunting that has intensified around postcolonialism as an academic phenomenon is a sign of radical disciplinary transformation, one that has yet to overtake Arabic studies. Such transformation involves rethinking Arabic literary history and the theory of modernity to which it is wedded, a project that necessitates revamping the concept of comparison that Arabic and postcolonial studies have in common.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)157-173
Number of pages17
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 17 2018


  • Arabic literature
  • comparative literature
  • middle East studies
  • postcolonial theory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • History
  • Anthropology


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