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Department of the Languages and Cultures of the Near and Middle East

Dr Ayman El-Desouky

BA (Cairo); MA, PhD (Austin, Texas)

Overview

Ayman El-Desouky
Department of the Languages and Cultures of Near and Middle East

Senior Lecturer in Arabic and Comparative Literature

Centre for Gender Studies

Member, Centre for Gender Studies

London Middle East Institute (LMEI)

Member

Centre for Cultural, Literary and Postcolonial Studies (CCLPS)

Member

Centre for Palestine Studies (CPS)

Member

Name:
Dr Ayman El-Desouky
Email address:
Telephone:
020 7898 4355
Address:
SOAS, University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Building:
Russell Square: College Buildings
Office No:
423
Office Hours:
Mon 2:30- 4, Tues 1- 2:30 and by appointment

Teaching

Programmes Convened
Courses Taught
PhD Students supervised
  • Cleo Jay, Moroccan Theatre in the Post-Lead Years: Performing Identity, Politics and Society
  • Hany Rashwan, Working title: The question of the literary in approaches to Ancient Egyptian Literature: towards an Arabic-based critical approach "the debate between a man and his soul (BA) as a case study"
  • Maddalena Italia, The erotic untranslatable: the modern reception of Sanskrit love poetry in the West and in India
  • Maha Abdel Megeed, Muwaylihi's Isa ibn Hisham: Between 18th-Century Revival and 19th-Century Neoclassical Renaissance
  • Natalie Abou Shakra, Beyond the Culture Industry, Contemporary Music of Dissidence in the Arab world: A case study of Egypt and Lebanon
  • Rasha Chatta, Marginality and Individuation in Literary Discourse: Theorising Contemporary Migrant Literature through the Example of Arab Migrant Writing
  • Sarah Doebbert Epstein, The Ethics of Alterity: A Comparative Critical Approach to Language, Subjectivity and Agency in Arabic Rhetorical Theory and Poststructuralist Thought

Expertise

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Available for
  • Radio
  • Press
  • Briefings
  • Short Term Consultancy
Regional Expertise
  • Near and Middle East
Country Expertise
  • Egypt
  • Ireland
  • United States of America
Languages
  • Arabic

Publications

Authored Books

El-Desouky, Ayman (2016) Figuring the Sacred in the Modern Arabic Novel. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. (Forthcoming)

El-Desouky, Ayman (2014) The Intellectual and the People in Egyptian Literature and Culture: Amāra and the 2011 Revolution. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. (Palgrave Pivot)

El-Desouky, Ayman (2010) Kahlil Gibran: An Illustrated Anthology. London: Spruce/Octopus Publishing Group Ltd..

El-Desouky, Ayman (2010) Kahlil Gibran: Een Geïllustreerde Bloemlezing. Haarlem, The Netherlands: Altamira.

El-Desouky, Ayman (2010) Kahlil Gibran: Et Illustrert Utvalg. Oslo, Norway: Schibsted Forlag.

El-Desouky, Ayman (2010) Khalil Gibran: Una Antología Ilustrada. Barcelona: Blume.

Edited Books

El-Desouky, Ayman and Rooney, Caroline, eds. (2011) Egyptian Literary Culture and Egyptian Modernity. London: Routledge. (Routledge Journal of Postcolonial Writing)

El-Desouky, Ayman and Brehony, Noel, eds. (2007) British-Egyptian Relations from Suez to the Present Day. London: Saqi Books. (SOAS Middle East Issues)

Book Chapters

El-Desouky, Ayman (2014) 'Disturbing Crossings: The Unhomely, the Unworldly and the Question of Method in Approaches to World Literature.' In: Harrison, Rachel, (ed.), Disturbing Conventions: Decentering Thai Literary Cultures. London: Rowman & Littlefield International, Ltd., pp. 239-245.

El-Desouky, Ayman (2013) 'Beyond Spatiality: Theorising the Local and Untranslatability as Comparative Critical Method.' In: Küpper, Joachim, (ed.), Approaches to World Literature, Volume 1, WeltLiteraturen/World Literatures Series. Berlin: Akademie Verlag, pp. 59-86.

El-Desouky, Ayman (2009) 'Gamal al-Ghitani (1945-).' In: Al-Mallah, Majd and Fitzpatrick, Coeli, (eds.), Dictionary of Literary Biography, Volume 346: Twentieth-Century Arab Writers. New York: Bruccoli Clark Layman, Inc, pp. 58-68. (Dictionary of Literary Biography)

El-Desouky, Ayman (2009) 'Bahaa' Taher (1935-).' In: Al-Mallah, Majd and Fitzpatrick, Coeli, (eds.), Dictionary of Literary Biography, Volume 346: Twentieth-Century Arab Writers. New York: Bruccoli Clark Layman, Inc, pp. 252-257.

El-Desouky, Ayman (2007) 'Notes on Political Memory and Cultural Memory.' In: El-Desouky, Ayman and Brehony, Noel, (eds.), British-Egyptian Relations from Suez to the Present Day. London: Saqi Books, pp. 163-178. (SOAS Middle East Issues)

Articles

El-Desouky, Ayman (2014) 'The Amāra on the Square: Connective Agency and the Aesthetics of the Egyptian Revolution.' Cultural Practices/Resistant Acts: Cultural Production and Emerging Democracies in Revolutionary Nations, Special Issue of Contention: The Multidisciplinary Journal of Social Protest . (Forthcoming)

El-Desouky, Ayman (2014) 'The Object-Interruptive: Reflections on the Social Resonance of the Archaeological Find.' Forming Material Egypt, Special Issue of Egyptology and Egyptological Documents, Archives and Libraries EDAL . (Forthcoming)

El-Desouky, Ayman (2014) 'Between Hermeneutic Provenance and Textuality: The Qur'an and the Question of Method in Approaches to World Literature.' Journal of Qur'anic Studies, 16 (3). pp. 11-38.

El-Desouky, Ayman (2013) 'Naẓm, iʿjāz, Discontinuous Kerygma: Approaching Qur'anic Voice on the Other Side of the Poetic.' Journal of Qur'anic Studies . pp. 1-21.

El-Desouky, Ayman (2011) 'Heterologies of Revolutionary Action: On Historical Consciousness and the Sacred in Mahfouz’s Children of the Alley.' Journal of Postcolonial Writing, 47 (4). pp. 428-439.

El-Desouky, Ayman (2010) 'Expanding Eyes: Language, Literature, History, and Identity: Perceptions of Korea in the Middle East and Comparative Literary Perspectives.' Journal of Korean Culture, 14 (2). pp. 217-236.

El-Desouky, Ayman (2007) 'Ego eimi: Kerygma or Existential Metaphor? Frye, Bultmann and the Problem of Demythologizing.' Canadian Review of Comparative Literature / Revue Canadienne de Littérature Comparée, 34 (2). pp. 131-171.

El-Desouky, Ayman (2004) 'Narrating and Tracing the Past: A Reading of al-Ghitani’s Mutun al-ahram.' Alif, A Journal of Comparative Poetics, 24 . pp. 119-152.

Theses

El-Desouky, Ayman (2000) The Self-Begetting Modern: Figuring the Human in Whitman and Joyce. PhD thesis. University of Texas at Austin.

Translations

El-Desouky, Ayman, trans. (2005) The Laws of Absence by Ahmed El-Madini. Sardines and Oranges: Short Stories from North Africa . London: Banipal Books.

El-Desouky, Ayman, trans. (1993) From "Naguib Mahfouz's Critics" by Gaber Asfour. In: Beard, M. and Haydar, A. (eds.), Naguib Mahfouz: From Regional Fame to Global Recognition . Syracuse University Press. pp. 144-175.

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