About Mohammad Salama


(415) 338-1338


Associate Professor, Department Chair


Foreign Languages & LitCollege of Liberal and Creative Arts


Humanities (HUM)



At SF State Since:



I received my PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2005, with a focus on Arabic literature. I was born in Alexandria, Egypt where I spent my childhood and adolescent years. After High School, I moved to Cairo to study English and Arabic at al-Alsun, Rifa'a al-Tahtawi's first school of translation in the Arab world, where I received my BA and MA in modern English Literature and Translation. My interests include modern and classical Arabic literature, Quranic Studies, comparative literary trends in colonial and post-colonial Europe and the Arab world, as well as French and Egyptian cinema. I have published in a number of scholarly venues, including der Islam, SCTIW Review, JAL, ASJ, ALIF, Stanford Arcade, and AHR. I authored Islam, Orientalism, and Intellectual History (I.B. Tauris, 2011) and a co-edited German Colonialism (Columbia UP, 2011). Forthcoming work includes The Qur'an and Modern Arabic Literary Criticism (Bloomsbury, 2016); “Reclaiming Quranic Exegesis: Nasr Hamid Abu Zayd between Traditionalism and Postsecularism” (Boundary 2, 2016), and a monograph titled Islam and the Culture of Modern Egypt: 1908-1958.

My hobbies include playing squash, cooking, watching the Warriors and Game of Thrones, the art and practice of simultaneous interpretation, and chess.