Prof. Kamal Abdel-Malek


 

Title:  Professor – English, Arabic and Translation Studies
School: School of Arts & Sciences
Department: Languages & Literature Department
Office:  Bldg. C-23
Phone: Ext. 1166
Email: kamal.malek@aurak.ac.ae

Professor Kamal Abdel-Malek is an Egyptian-born Canadian who grew up in the beautiful city of Alexandria. He studied English and Arabic literature and has a Ph.D. in Arabic literature from McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

He is currently Professor of Arabic and Translation at the American University of Ras Al Khaimah. He previously taught at Princeton and Brown universities and is the recipient of Brown University’s prestigious Wriston Fellowship for excellence in teaching and research.

His many publications include America in an Arab Mirror: Images of America in Arabic Travel Literature, 1668 to 9/11 and Beyond. New York: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2011; The Rhetoric of Violence: Arab-Jewish Encounters in Contemporary Palestinian Literature and Film (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2005); and Muhammad in the Modern Egyptian Popular Ballad (Brill, 1995). His publications in Arabic include من رسائل الجاحظ إلى تغريدات التويتر: ديوان النثر العربي عبر العصور    (From the Epistles of Al-Jahiz to the Present-Day Tweets: An Anthology of Arabic Prose Writings), صورة أوروبا في الرواية العربية: من طه حسين إلى الطيب صالح (Images of Europe in Arabic Novels, 1935-1967), الهرم وناطحة السحاب أمريكا في عيون مصرية  (The Pyramid and the Skyscraper: America in Egyptian Eyes, 1912-2011), and :أحمد فؤاد نجم: أمير شعراء الامة المصرية (Ahmad Fuad Nigm: The Poet Laureate of the Egyptian Nation) which deals with the nexus between literature and the Arab Spring uprisings.

His current research interests focus on the role of literature as a vehicle for world peace. Other than his native Arabic, he is fluent in English, and has reading knowledge of several languages such as French, German, and Turkish. In addition to being an academic and scholar, he would like to think of himself as a cultural matchmaker.

Publications in English:

  • America in an Arab Mirror: Images of America in Arabic Travel Literature, 1668 to 9/11 and Beyond. New York: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2011. Edited with M. El Kahla.
  • Come with Me from Jerusalem (Dubai, 2011).
  • The Rhetoric of Violence: Arab-Jewish Encounters in Contemporary Palestinian Literature and Film.  New York: Palgrave-MacMillan, 2005.
  • America in an Arab Mirror: Images of America in Arabic Travel Literature, 1895-1995 an Anthology.  New York: St, Martin’s Press, 2000.
  • Tradition, Modernity, and Postmodernity in Arabic Literature: Essays in Honor of Professor Issa J. Boullata. Leiden: E.J. Brill, 2000. Edited with Wael B. Hallaq.
  • Israeli and Palestinian Identities in History and Literature. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1999.  Edited with David C. Jacobson.
  • Muhammad in the Modern Egyptian Popular Ballad.Leiden-New York-Koln: E.J. Brill, 1995.
  • Celebrating Muhammad: Images of the Prophet in Popular Muslim Poetry. South Carolina Press, 1995.  Written with Ali Asani and in collaboration with Annemarie Schimmel.
  • A Study of the Vernacular Poetry of Ahmed Fu’ad Nigm.Leiden-New York- Koln: E.J. Brill: 1990.

List of Arabic eBooks (https://www.smashwords.com/books/search?query=Kamal+Abdel-Malek):

اللغة العربية وآدابها مختارات من الدراسات اللغوية والنقد الأدبي (Studies in Arabic Language and Literature).

أحمد فؤاد نجم: أمير شعراء الامة المصرية  (Ahmad Fuad Nigm: The Poet Laureate of the Egyptian Nation)

صورة أوروبا في الرواية العربية: من طه حسين إلى الطيب صالح (Images of Europe in Arabic Novels, 1935-1967)

الهرم وناطحة السحاب أمريكا في عيون مصرية 1912 – 2011  (The Pyramid and the Skyscraper: America in Egyptian Eyes, 1912-2011)

من رسائل الجاحظ إلى تغريدات التويتر: ديوان النثر العربي عبر العصور  (From the Epistles of Al-Jahiz to the Present-Day Tweets: An Anthology of Arabic Prose Writings)

قـلـسـفـــــة: حوارات فلسفية بالمصري الفصيح  (Qalsafa: Philosophical Humor in Egyptian Arabic)

Publications: Entries in reference works, chapters in books, articles and reviews in refereed journals, and conference proceedings. 

“On Translating Nabati Poetry: Issues and Challenges” in Litteratura Traduzione e Lingua: Atti Del Convegno Internazionale Il Cairo, 7-8 Dicember 2015, pp. 355-369 (Cairo, 2016).

“Muhammad in Popular Arabic Literature” Muhammad in History, Thought, and Culture: An Encyclopedia of the Prophet of God (2 volumes), Fitzpatrick, C.& Walker, A. (Eds.). ABC-CLIO Publication, 2014.

“Emile Habibi,” Twentieth Century Arab Writers of Fiction and Philosophy, in the Dictionary of Literary Biographyseries. Bruccoli Clark Layman, Inc., 2008.

“Ghassan Kanafani,” Twentieth Century Arab Writers of Fiction and Philosophy, in the Dictionary of Literary Biographyseries .Bruccoli Clark Layman, Inc., 2008.

Jabra Ibrahim Jabra,” Twentieth Century Arab Writers of Fiction and Philosophy, in the Dictionary of Literary Biographyseries . Bruccoli Clark Layman, Inc., 2008.

“Popular Religious Narratives” in The Cambridge History of Arabic Literature, eds. Roger Allen and D.S. Richards. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006, pp. 330-346.

“Coptic and Muslim Hagiographies in Arabic in the Postclassical Period”.  The Fourth International Conference on Popular Culture in the Middle East and North Africa, Al-Akhawayn University, Ifrane, Morocco, April 5-8, 2006.

Book Review. The Postcolonial Novel: Debating Ambivalence by Muhsin al-Musawi. In Journal of Arabic Literature35 (2004), pp. 244-246.

“The Poetics of the Alter-Native Tradition: the Case of Nigeria’s Niyi Osundare and Egypt;s Ahmad Fu’ad Nigm.”The People’s Poet: Emerging Perspectives on Niyi Osundare. Ed. Abdul-Rasheed Na’Allah. New York: Africa World Press, 2002. Pp. 251-271.

“Arab Perspectives on America A Review of Sources 1895-2000” Journal of Public Affairs vol. 19 (Summer 2002), pp. 53-75.

“Writing/Speaking the Self: Autobiographies in Egyptian Arabic” The Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Popular Culture in the Middle East and North Africa, Hammamet, Tunisia. Ed. Monia Hijaei (University of Tunis) and Clive Holes (Oxford University).

Book Review.  The Reconstruction of Palestinian Identity by Helena Lindholm Schulz.  In the Journal of Palestine Studies, 2001.

Book Review.  Diwan al-Shair Unayz Abu Salim al-Tarabani.  Ed. Said Salman Abu Adhirah and Abd al-Karim Id al-Hashshash. In the Journal of Near Eastern Literatures, 2002,  97-98.

“Professor Issa J. Boullata: A Profile of an Intellectual Exile” in Tradition, Modernity, and Postmodernity in Arabic Literature: Essays in Honour of Professor Issa J. Boullata, ed. Kamal Abdel-Malek and Wael B. Hallaq (Leiden: E.J. Brill, 2000)

“Iman Mersal: Egypt’s Postmodern Poet” in Tradition, Modernity, and Postmodernity in Arabic Literature: Essays in Honour of Professor Issa J. Boullata.

“The Infiltrators by Hanna Ibrahim,” translated by Kamal Abdel- Malek in Tradition, Modernity, and Postmodernity in Arabic Literature: Essays in Honour of Professor Issa J. Boullata.

“Living on Border Lines: War and Exile in Selected Works by Ghassan Kanafani, Fawaz Turki, and Mahmud Darwish,” inIsraeli and Palestinian Identities in History and Literature, ed. Kamal Abdel- Malek and David C. Jacobson. (New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1999)

“Muslim Literature in Arabic” in The Muslim Almanac: A Reference Work on the History, Faith, Culture, and Peoples of Islam, ed. Azim Nanji. Detroit, Michigan: Gale Research Inc., 1996. pp. 331-343.

“Middle East [Theatre]” with Bill Beeman. The Cambridge Guide to Theatre, ed. M. Banham. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995. pp. 729-745.

“The  Khawaga  Then  and  Now:  Images  of  the  West  in  Modern Egyptian Zajal.” Journal of Arabic Literature, 19 (1988), pp.162-178.

“Towards an Islamic Liberation Theology: Ali Shariati and His Thought,” Montreal: McGill Centre For Developing-Area Studies, Discussion Paper Series, No.55 (September, 1988).

“Egypt’s Changing Attitudes towards Israel,” Middle East Focus, 5, no. 1 (May 1982), pp. 17-22.

Translations:

“The December Flower,” poem by the noted Palestinian poet Fadwa Tuqan in Scheherazade’s Sisters, Shahrayar’s Brothers: An Anthology of Arabic Literature Since 1950.  Special issue of Paintbrush  Vol. xxviii pp. 211-212.

“Iman Mersal: Egypt’s Postmodern Poet” in Scheherazade’s Sisters, Shahrayar’s Brothers, pp. 185-187.

“New York ’80” an excerpt from the novella by Yusef Idris, co- translated with Charles Khoury in Scheherazade’s Sisters, Shahrayar’s Brothers, pp. 363-367.

Papers Presented at Conferences and Academic Institutions

  • Coptic and Muslim Hagiographies in Arabic in the Postclassical Period. The Fourth International Conference on Popular Culture in the Middle East and North Africa, Al-Akhawayn University, Ifrane, Morocco, April 5-8, 2006.
  • “Al-Adab wa al-Hudud: Qira’a Jadida fi al-Riwaya al- Filastiniyya” (Literature and Liminality: New Approach to the Palestinian Novel,” Ittihad Kuttab wa Udaba’ al-Shariqa (Union of Writers, Sharjah, UAE) March, 2004.
  • “Ahmad Fuad Nigm and the Alter/Native Tradition,” The Third International Conference on Popular Culture in the Middle East and North Africa (held at AUS in collaboration with Oxford University from Jan, 25-27, 2004.
  • “America in an Arab Mirror,” MESA Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., 2002
  • “Writing/Speaking the Self: Autobiographies in Colloquial Egyptian Arabic” The Second International Conference on Popular Culture in the Middle East and North Africa,” Hammament, Tunisia, April 2-7, 2002.
  • “Plagiarism and Originality in Medieval Arabic Literary Theory,” Zayed University, UAE, April 14, 2002.
  • “Umm Kulthum: The Voice of Egypt” AUS, March 31, 2002.
  • The Salah Abd Al-Sabur Symposium, Cairo, Novemeber 2001. Participant in proceedings.
  • “Border-Crossing in Palestinian Literature,” in the “Post-Colonial Discourse: Directions and Attitudes” panel organized by Professor Muhsin al-Musawi, American University of Sharjah, April 30, 2001.
  • “America in Arab Eyes” The International Symposium on Muslim Communities in America, Ministry of Awqaf, Dubai, October, 2000.
  • “Debating Muslims: An Analysis of a 1992 Debate Between Secularists and Islamists in Egypt,” AAR Regional Meeting, Tacoma, WA, May 1999.
  • “Arabs and Jews As Seen Through Each Other’s Eyes,” (with David Jacobson.) University College London and Brown University Alumni Club in London. May 11,1998.
  • Chairing a panel on “Literature and Representation,” in a conference on “Le Maghreb a la croisée des cultures,” June 15-20, 1997 in Hammamet, Tunisia.
  • “Umm Kulthum and the Making of Popular Egyptian Culture,” Holy Cross College, Worcester, MA, Dec. 2, 1997.
  • “Diatribe and Dialog: Exploring the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Through Literature,” The 101 Forum, Brown University, Nov. 6, 1997.
  • “Diglossia and teaching: a reexamination of a sociolinguistic phenomenon.” Co-presented with Prof. Masako Ueda Fidler . Roundtable at Center for Language Studies, Brown University. November 1996.
  • “Arab-Jewish Encounters in Palestinian Literature”, Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA) Annual Meeting, 1996.
  • “Should Egypt Become an Islamic State?: The Alexandria Debate”, Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA) Annual Meeting, 1995.
  • “Arabs and Jews: Their Encounters in Israeli and Arabic Literature” (with David Jacobson), Wayland Collegium, Brown University, Nov. 30, 1995
  • “The Supple and the Rigid: The Alexandria Debate Between the Islamists and the Secularists,” American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, Chicago, November, 1994.
  • “The Portrayal of America in Modern Arabic Travel Literature,” Dartmouth College, Jan., 1994.
  • “Celebrating Muhammad at Biyala: The Mulid Procession in an Egyptian Village” Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA 1993).
  • “Approaches to the Study of Islam”, American Academy of Religion, Regional Meeting, April, 1993.
  • “Towards an Islamic Soma-Poetics of Piety: The Art of the Egyptian Maddahin” American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, 1992.
  • “Subversive Marginality: The Popular Sira of the Prophet Muhammad,” Emory University, April 1992.
  • ” As-Sira an-Nabawiyya fi Aghani al-Maddahin fi Misr” (The Life of the Prophet Muhammad in the Songs of the Maddahin in Egypt), Middle East Center, Columbia University, April, 1991.
  • “The Egyptian Arabic Translation of the Bible,” Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University, March, 1991.
  • “The Sira and Liminality” Near Eastern Languages and Civilization, University of Washington, Seattle, Jan., 1991.
  • “Surat al-Amriki fi Adab ar-Rihla fi Misr” (The Portrayal of the American in Egyptian Travel Literature” Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University, 1991.
  • “Egyptian Attitudes to the West in the Vernacular Writings of Abdallah an-Nadim (1845-1896).” MESA Annual Meeting, 1988.
  • “Mother Tongue, Father Tongue: Attitudes to the Colloquial in the Arab World”, Arizona State University Conference on “Discourses of Power”. Oct., 1988.
  • “Abu Hayyan al-Tawhidi as a Political Humorist,” The American Oriental Society Annual Meeting, Boston, March 1988.
  • “Nuktalogia Egyptiana: Political Humour in Modern Egyptian Zajal,” MESA Annual Meeting, Baltimore, Nov., 1987.
  • “The Popular Muhammad: Images of the Prophet in Egyptian Folk Poetry,” The American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, Boston, Dec., 1987.
  • “The Khawaga Then and Now: Images of the West in Modern Egyptian Zajal.” MESA Annual Meeting, Boston, Nov., 1986.
  • “Ahmad Fuad Nigm: The People’s Poet” MESA Annual Meeting, Chicago, Nov., 1983.

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