SOAS University of London

Centre for Cultural, Literary and Postcolonial Studies (CCLPS)

July Blalack


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July Blalack
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Thesis title:
'Instantaneous Travel: Transregional Consciousness in two Sufi Resistance Figures from the Maghreb'
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July Blalack is a third-year PhD student researching the real and imagined geographies evoked by two Sufi resistance figures from the Maghrib: al-Amīr ʻAbd al-Qādir al-Jazāʼirī (1808- 1883) and al-Shaikh Māʼ al-ʻAynayn (1831- 1910). Her work puts these overlooked texts and poems into dialogue with previous literary and intellectual histories to question the tradition/ modernity binary and narratives of a renaissance provoked by the encounter with Europe. July's work is funded by the European Research Council project MULOSIGE: For a New Approach to World Literature.

In 2017, July's study of Mauritanian prose was published in The Oxford Handbook of Arab Novelistic Traditions, and she has two book reviews out in Reviews in History. July also holds an MA Degree from the University of Virginia, where she taught Arabic as a Foreign Language. She blogs at, MULOSIGE, and Al-Faisal Magazine (in Arabic).