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Adil, Sabahat Assistant Professor


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research overview

  • My research focuses on premodern Arabic literature. I am interested in how premodern Arabic texts, particularly from North Africa, narrated the past in light of contemporaneous historical circumstances. I undertake close textual analyses of these texts to explore questions pertaining to authorship, textuality, and originality. Such an approach sheds light on the literary and cultural connections that link Arabic-speaking societies with other linguistic, religious, and cultural communities.


  • medieval Islamic societies, literature, history, textual criticism


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courses taught

  • ARAB 1011 - Introduction to Arab and Islamic Civilizations
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Provides an interdisciplinary overview of the cultures of the Arabic-speaking peoples of Southwest Asia and North Africa from the rise of Islam in the 7th century to the present. Readings include historical, religious, literary and cultural texts from both the medieval and modern eras. Taught in English.
  • ARAB 3230 - Islamic Culture and the Iberian Peninsula
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Examines Islamic, especially Arab, culture and history as it relates to the Iberian Peninsula from 92 Ah/711 Ce to the present. Taught in English.
  • ARAB 3231 - In the Footsteps of Travelers: Travel Writing in Arabic Lit
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Offers an excursion into the role and significance of travel and travel writing in Arabic literature in translation. We will read and discuss a range of literary works written by, about, and for travelers. More broadly, this course will offer an opportunity for undergraduates to expand their understanding of literature and the arts. Taught in English.
  • ARAB 3241 - Art in Islamic Cultures
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Offers an overview of art in Islamic cultures. Discusses a range of literary texts and images in order to understand these cultures. Offers an opportunity for undergraduates to expand their understanding of literature and art history. Taught in English. Same as ARTH 3241.


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