SOAS University of London

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

Dena Fakhro

Economics (BA), Arabic Literature (MA)
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Dena Fakhro
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Thesis title:
Blood vengeance as a theme in the classical Arabic poetic tradition and its legacy
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I grew up in the Middle East, where I frequently return, and have also lived in Latin America. Prior to postgraduate study at SOAS, I worked for many years as an energy market and competitor analyst. I write poetry; have won the Otley Poetry Prize; received a special mention in the Welsh Poetry Competition; and short-listed for the Bridport and the Plough poetry prizes.

PhD Research

My research areas are in Arabic poetry, folklore, comparative literature, and social anthropology. I focus upon types of literature which convey ancient social codes, complex rituals and cultural practices, enabling these to migrate across time and place, specifically within the context of blood feud and poetic incitement. My research involves translating classical and modern Arabic poems into English, as these pertain to Near and Middle Eastern conflicts.


  • July 2017: BRISMES: Movement and Migration in the Middle East (Edinburgh)
  • Apr 2017: BRAIS 2017 (Chester)
  • Apr 2017: Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Study of MENA (Sussex)
  • Feb 2017: Connectivity over Space and Time (SOAS)
  • May 2015: An Honourable Death (Birkbeck)



  • 2015-6: GTA for Literatures of the Near and Middle East