Studying Modern Arabic Lietrature: Mustafa Badawi, Scholar and Critic

Prior to the 1960s the study of Arabic literature, both Classical and Modern, had barely been emancipated from the academic approaches of Orientalism. The appointment of Mustafa Badawi as Oxford University’s first Lecturer in Modern Arabic Literature changed the face of this subject as Badawi showed, through his teaching and research that Arabic literature was making vibrant contributions to global culture and thought. Part biography, part collection of critical essays, this volume celebrates Badawi’s immense contribution to the field and explores his role as a public intellectual in the Arab world and the west.