Prof Zahia Smail Salhi

Professor of Modern Arabic Studies

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Research interests



My research takes two distinct axes as follows:

Literature and Culture of the Middle East and North Africa: I research both the classical and modern literatures of the region with more emphasis on women’s literature. I have also a keen interest in Maghrebi literature written both in French and Arabic. My research project: ‘Occidentalism and the Maghrebi Experience of East-West Encounter’ studies the literary representations of this encounter from its early beginnings to the present times resulted in a monograph (EUP2019). I am currently working on a new project mainly focussed on Literature as a platform for feminist activism.

Middle Eastern Gender Studies:  My research in Gender mainly focuses on the Maghreb and Saudi Arabia and pays particular attention to women’s feminist movements, women’s struggle and resistance against conservatism and Islamic terrorism in MENA.


Research and projects

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