Global Humanities Initiative

Adam Talib

Adam Talib is the 2016-17 Jean Gimbel Lane Global Humanities Scholar/Artist-in-residence. He will complete his Northwestern residency from January 6-24, 2017. Talib is a terrific young scholar of classical Arabic language and literature at the American University in Cairo, as well as an extremely talented essayist and translator. 

Talib's monograph on the popular genre of short occasional verse in classical Arabic poetry, How Do You Say "Epigram" in Arabic? will be published soon by Brill, and he is now working on his next book project, a study of representations of sexual violence in classical Arabic literature. Talib also recently co-edited a volume of essays on obscene literature in classical Arabic called The Rude, the Bad, and the Bawdy: Essays in Honour of Professor Geert Jan van Gelder, which was published by the Gibb Memorial Trust in 2014.  Meanwhile, over the last few years Talib has translated numerous Arabic novels and short stories by writers from across the Middle East and North Africa, including Egyptian, Syrian, Saudi, Palestinian, Algerian, Iraqi, and Sudanese authors. His most recent translation (with Katharine Halls) of Raja Alem's award-winning novel The Dove's Necklace came out in summer 2016.