Prof Zahia Smail Salhi

Professor of Modern Arabic Studies

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Postgraduate Opportunities

I supervise postgraduate research projects in the areas of Arabic literature classical and modern, Arabic culture and society, Women and gender in the Middle East and North Africa.

43 Students who completed their thesis between 2000-2021 these include:
S. K.N. Al-Yahya’i: ‘The Early Beginnings of al-Qasida al-Hurra in the Gulf States: 1970s-1980s’ (2001)
J. Moore: Exploring Social Margins within Society in Ahdaf Soueif’s In the Eye of the Sun and Hanan Al-Shaykh’s Only in London’, MA(2003)
M.Mohsen Dhabab: ‘Representations of the Western Other in Early Arabic Novels (1850-1915)’(2005)
A.Al-Abbasi: ‘Astrology in literature: how the prohibited became permissible in the Arabic poetry of the Mediaeval period’(2008). Awarded the Leigh Douglas Memorial Prize for best thesis in the UK, 2009. 
A. Al-Shilabi, ‘Occidentalism in the 20th C. Libyan Novel’ (2011)
Z. Metlo: ‘The Concept of Honour in the Pakistani Diaspora in Watford’ (2013)
H. Al-Qarni, Negotiating Abbasid Modernity: The Case of Al-Asma'i and the Rear Guard Poets (2014).Awarded the Leigh Douglas Memmorial Prize for best thesis, ( 2015). 
M Boughrira, Restor(y)ing the Postcolonial Algerian Na(rra)tion in the Fiction of Ahlam Mosteghanemi (2021).