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

Dr Karima Laachir

MA, PhD (Leeds); PGCE (Birmingham)


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

Senior Lecturer in Literary & Cultural Studies

London Middle East Institute (LMEI)


Centre for Migration and Diaspora Studies


Centre for Cultural, Literary and Postcolonial Studies (CCLPS)


Dr Karima Laachir
Email address:
+44(0) 20 7898 4336
SOAS, University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Russell Square: College Buildings
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Office Hours:
Fridays 12-1.30pm


Programmes Convened
Courses Taught
PhD Students supervised
  • Charis Bredin, Creaturely Encounters: Animals in the Libyan literary imaginary
  • Chinmay Sharma, The Mahabharata re-constructed for Hindi and English publics: modernity and the 'national epic'
  • Cleo Jay, Moroccan Theatre in the Post-Lead Years: Performing Identity, Politics and Society
  • Cristina Moreno Almeida, Popular youth culture in Contemporary Morocco and the re-imagining of the nation: a case study of hip-hop
  • Hanna Ali, 'Afrabia': Identity, Islam & Geography in Eastern African Writings in the Diaspora
  • Irene Fernandez Ramos, Performing immobility: Space, the individual-collective body and the narratives of oppression in Contemporary Palestinian Theatre
  • Natalie Abou Shakra, Beyond the Culture Industry, Contemporary Music of Dissidence in the Arab world: A case study of Egypt and Lebanon
  • Nathanael Mannone, Between Dissent and Co-optation: An Exploration of film, music, and quotidian humour in revolutionary Tunisia
  • Rasha Chatta, Marginality and Individuation: A Theoretical Approach to Abla Farhoud and Arab Migrant Literature
  • Sara Marzagora, Ethiopian political thought and philosophy of history (1896-1960s): pro-zämänawinnät intellectuals and the construction of alterity
  • Sefik Huseyin, The Ottomanist Discourse of Istanbul’s Space in Contemporary Literature and Art: from the 1980S to the Present


Comparative postcolonial literature (Arabophone, Francophone and Anglophone); Arabic popular culture; literature of the North African diaspora (Beur); exclusion, segregation and marginalisation of ethnic minorities in Europe, with a specific focus on France; postcolonialism and colonial legacies, Islam and Islamophobia


Edited Books or Journal Volumes

Laachir, Karima, ed. (2013) Journal of African Cultural Studies. Special issue: Contemporary Moroccan Cultural Production: Between Dissent and Co-optation, Vol 25, (3). Routledge: Taylor and Francis Group .

Laachir, Karima and Talajooy, Saeed, eds. (2013) Resistance in Contemporary Middle Eastern Cultures: Literature, Cinema and Music. London; New York: Routledge. (Routledge Research in Postcolonial Literatures)

Book Chapters

Laachir, Karima (2015) 'Beyond Language Determinism: Multilingual Literary Traditions in Morocco.' In: Kondo, Nabuaki, (ed.), Asia and Africa Across Disciplinary and National Lines. Tokyo : Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, pp. 25-31. (Consortium for Asian and African Studies (CAAS))

Laachir, Karima (2013) '"Managed Reforms and Deferred Democratic Rule in Morocco and Algeria".' In: Saikal , Amin and Acharya, Amitav , (eds.), Democracy and Reform in the Middle East and Asia. IB Tauris.

Laachir, Karima (2013) 'Saudi Women Novelists and the Quest for Freedom: Raja Alem’s The Doves’ Necklace.' In: Laachir, Karima and Talajooy, Saeed Reza, (eds.), Resistance in Contemporary Middle Eastern Cultures: Literature, Cinema and Music. London; New York: Routledge.

Laachir, Karima (2009) 'Social Class.' In: Albertazzi, Daniele and Cobley, Paul, (eds.), The Media: An Introduction. London: Pearson.

Laachir, Karima (2007) 'Hospitality and the Limitations of the National.' In: Germann Molz, Jennie and Gibson, Sarah, (eds.), Mobilizing Hospitality: The Ethics of Social Relations in a Mobile World. Ashgate Publishing.

Laachir, Karima (2007) 'North African Diaspora in France and Colonial Legacies.' In: Hewitt, Nick and Geary, Dick, (eds.), Diasporas: Movements and Cultures. Nottingham: Critical, Cultural and Communication Press.

Laachir, Karima (2005) 'African Diaspora in France.' In: Electronic Proceeding of an International Conference on "Black European Studies". Mainz: University of Mainz.

Laachir, Karima (2002) 'Crossing the 'Threshold of Intolerance': Contemporary French Society.' In: Herbrechter, Stefan, (ed.), Cultural Studies: Interdisciplinarity and Translation. Amesterdam: Rodopi.


Laachir, Karima (2013) 'Editorial: Contemporary Moroccan Cultural Production: Between Dissent and Co-optation.' Journal of African Cultural Studies, 25 (3). pp. 257-260.

Laachir, Karima (2013) 'Reflection on Co-optation and Defeat in the Contemporary Moroccan Novel in Arabic: Mohammed Achaari's The Arch and The Butterfly (2011).' Journal of African Cultural Studies, 25 (3). pp. 292-305.

Laachir, Karima (2011) 'Sectarian Strife and ‘National Unity’ in Egyptian Films: a Case Study of Hassan and Morqos.' Comparative Study of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East, 31 (1). pp. 217-226.

Laachir, Karima (2008) 'French Muslims and the Politics of Laicité.' The Maghreb Review, 33 (1). pp. 21-35.

Laachir, Karima (2007) 'Tassadit Imache’s Une Fille sans Histoire, ‘une Fille de l'histoire’.' Forum for Modern Language Studies, 43 (3). pp. 277-289.

Laachir, Karima (2007) 'France's 'Ethnic' Minorities and the Question of Exclusion.' Mediterranean Politics, 12 (1). pp. 99-105.

Laachir, Karima (2006) 'French Muslim Youth and the Banlieues of Rage.' The Journal of Youth and Policy (92). pp. 59-68.

Laachir, Karima (2005) 'The Interplay Between History/Memory/Space in Tassadit Imache's Presque un Frère and Le Dromadaire de Bonaparte.' Modern and Contemporary France, 13 (4). pp. 449-464.

Book Reviews

Laachir, Karima (2002) 'Reveiw of Paul Gilroy, 'Between Camps: Nations, Cultures and the Allure of Race'.' Parallax, 8 (3). pp. 104-108.


Laachir , Karima (2015) 'Activism and 'Liberal' Authoritarianism.' The Middle East in London; Special Issue on North Africa, 11 (3). London: The London Middle East Institute at SOAS. pp. 7-8.

Laachir, Karima (2012) 'Managed Reforms and Deferred Democratic Rule in Morocco and Algeria.' CAIS Bulletin, 19 (1).

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