Fictional Prophets: Islam and Literature in Egypt


WHEN November 19, 2019
6-7:30 PM EST WHERE 19 Washington Square North WHO NYU Abu Dhabi Institute in New York Open to the Public

This talk focuses on the intersections between literature, religion, and liberal ideology in 20th-century Egypt. Maya Issam Kesrouany draws on her recently published book Prophetic Translation: The Making of Modern Egyptian Literature to explore the legacies of the move from Qur’anic to secular approaches to literature in early 20th-century Egyptian literary translations. The talk asks what we can learn from that period and the promise that translation held for the Egyptian writers of fiction at that time.

Image credit: Barjeel Art Foundation in Sharjah, UAE

  • Maya Kesrouany, Author of "Prophetic Translation: The Making of Modern Egyptian Literature" (Edinburgh University Press, 2019); Assistant Professor of Literature and Arab Crossroads Studies, NYUAD
Hosted by
  • NYU Abu Dhabi Institute
In conversation with
  • Robyn Creswell, Associate Professor of Comparative Literature, Yale University

In Collaboration with

The Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies

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