These are scholars who are directly involved with GlobalLIT’s activities, mainly publishing, joining workshops/conferences.
Berat received his PhD in Turkish Language and Literature from Boğaziçi University, in 2010. He is now an associate professor in the Turkish Language and Literature department in Istanbul Şehir University and the director of the Cultural Studies Program of the same university where he teaches both Ottoman literature and Ottoman book culture.
He is interested in the fields of Ottoman literature, allegory, narratology, literary theory, and book culture in the Ottoman Empire. His last works have focused on critical-edition studies on the Ottoman literary texts and different aspects of the Ottoman book culture. He also interested in the Ottoman literary theory as he has published some articles such as those on the allusion in the Ottoman literature, the first use of the word “literature”, aesthetic usages of flowers in the Ottoman literature. Some of his publications in book-length are: Klasik Türk Edebiyatında Allegory, 2013 (Allegory in the Classical Turkish Literature), Osmanlı Kitap Kültürü: Cârullah Efendi Kütüphanesi ve Derkenar Notları, 2015 (Ottoman Book Culture: The Library of Cârullah Efendi and his Marginal Notes), On Altıncı Yüzyılın Tanıklarından Cûşî ve Dîvânı, 2016 (Cûşî As a Witness of the Sixteenth Century and His Collected Poems).
Haifa S. Alfaisal
Haifa is Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature at King Saud University in Riyadh. Her publications include “Indigenous Epistemology and the Decolonisation of Postcolonialism” (Studies in Social and Political Thought, 2011), “World Reading Strategies: Border Reading Bandarshah” (Alif 34 , 2014), “Liberty and the Literary: Coloniality and Nahdawist Comparative Criticism of Rūḥī al-Khālidī’s The History of the Science of Literature with the Franks, the Arabs and Victor Hugo 1904” (MLQ, 2016), “Border Reading: Epistemic Reading and the Worlding of Postcolonialism” (Transmodernity, 2017). Her research interests involve exploring the epistemological bias in postcolonial theory, coloniality in world literature reading strategies and the role of modernity/coloniality in the rise of modern Arabic literary criticism.
Feriel received her PhD in Islamic studies from Georgetown University. She has been the Lecturer in Islamic studies in the Faculty of Divinity University of Cambridge since September 2017. Before Cambridge, she was a post-doctoral fellow in the Philosophy department at Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg where she joined the Research Project LIDIAC (an interdisciplinary contribution to the history of ideas centered on the disciplines of grammar, logic, and rhetoric in Arabic-Islamic culture 800-1100), funded by the Excellence Initiative of the German state. She also held fellowships at Georgetown University in Washington D.C and Qatar, Orient-Institut in Beirut and the Center of Middles East studies at Harvard University. Her research interests include Arabic philosophy and Islamic sciences.
Ferenc received his PhDin Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago and is currently an Assistant professor of History at Sabanci University in Istanbul. Prior to that, he worked at Central European University in Budapest and the University of Tübingen. Straddling literary, intellectual and cultural history, as well as historical sociolinguistics on the one hand, and Persian and Turkish on the other, his research focuses on the interrelation of the politics of language, confessionalization and state building in the larger Turko-Persian world during the late medieval and early modern periods. He is currently working on the history of Turkic Literature in Safavid Iran and intellectual biography of Sadiqi Beg, a major Safavid painter, and litterateur.
Majid, PhD, is a Junior Fellow and Marie Curie Fellow of the European Union at Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Freiburg, Germany. His research interests pertain to the connection between Islamic intellectual and exegetical progress in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries as well as Malay Islamic studies. His main publications include a monograph entitled Tantawi Jawhari and the Quran: Tafsir and Social Concerns in the Twentieth Century (Routledge 2017), and two edited volumes: The Qur’ān in the Malay-Indonesian World: Context and Interpretation, co-edited with Peter G. Riddell and Andrew Rippin (Routledge 2016) and Islamic Studies Today: Essays in Honor of Andrew Rippin, co-edited with Walid A. Saleh (Brill 2016).
Aida is a Professor of Arabic Literature at Baku State University. Her research interests cover a wide range of topics within Classical Arabic Literature, Mental-Spiritual State of pre-Islamic Arabs, Qur’anic Symbolism in Azeri Turkic Sufi Poetry. In 1998 she was awarded “Abdulaziz Saud al-Babtin’s prize for grandchildren of Imam al-Bukhari”. In 2013 she was granted Open Society Foundation’s Global Faculty award and held visiting scholar at Duke University. In 2016 she held Library research fellowship at California State University, Sacramento. She is currently working on two projects “Qur’anic Symbolism in Depiction of the Facial Features in Azeri Turkic Sufi Poetry” and “Mental-Spiritual State of pre-Islamic Arabs”. She has numerous academic publications in several languages (Arabic, Russian, English and Azeri Turkic) including articles in prestigious peer-reviewed European academic journals, among them “Qur’anic Imagery of the Curl in Classical Azeri-Turkic Sufi Poetry”; “Qur’anic Symbolism of the Eyes in Classical Azeri Turkic Poetry”, “Marginal Discourses of Arabic Poetry, A Case Study of the Baku Manuscript, “Taj al-Lughah wa-Sihah al-Arabiyyah” by Abu Nasr Ismail ibn Hammad al-Farabi al-Jawhari.
Alexander earned his PhD in Arabic and Islamic Studies from Harvard University and is currently Assistant Professor of Arabic and Comparative Literature in the Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages at Stanford University. His first book is Language Between God and the Poets: maʿnā in the eleventh century (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2018). His publications include “Moving from Persian to Arabic” in Essays in Islamic Philology, History, and Philosophy, edited by William Granara, Alireza Korangy, and Roy Mottahedeh (Walter De Gruyter, 2016), 93-141; "The Philosophy of Language in Arabic Sources” co-authored with Peter Adamson, in Linguistic Meaning: New Essays in the History of the Philosophy of Language, edited by Margaret Cameron (Oxford University Press, 2015), 74-99; “Al-Raghib al-Isfahani” in Essays in Arabic Literary Biography I, edited by Mary St. Germain and Terri de Young (Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag, 2011), 298-306. He is currently working on comparative poetics, and exploring the options for a renewed focus on formalism.
Marc is a member of the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) in Paris. His research focuses on Turko-Iranian interactions and their contributions to Central Asian history, culture and literature. He is the author of Un empire de mots: Pouvoir, culture et soufisme à l’époque des derniers Timourides au miroir de la Khamsa de Mīr ʿAlī Shīr Nawā’ī, and co-editor of Literature and Society in Central Asia: New Sources for the Study of Culture and Power from the 15th to the 21th Century. He received the First Prize of the ‘GIS Moyen-Orient et mondes musulmans’ for the best dissertation written in French about the Muslim world (2013-2016), as well as the “Médaille Delalande-Guérineau” (Delalande Guérineau Medal) awarded by L’Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres, in 2018, for his book Un empire de mots. Pouvoir, culture et soufisme à l’époque des derniers Timourides au miroir de la Khamsa de Mīr ‘Alī Shīr Nawā’ī.
Veli N. Yashin
Veli is an Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Southern California. He earned his doctorate from Columbia University in Arabic and Comparative Literature, and is the winner of the 2013 Horst Frenz Prize of the American Comparative Literature Association. Yashin's research and teaching focuses on modern Arabic and Turkish literatures and more broadly engages the theoretical implications of the complex entanglement between aesthetics and politics, between issues of cultural and political representation. His work has appeared in the Yearbook of Comparative Literature, Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East, the Journal of Arabic Literature, and Middle Eastern Literatures. He is currently finishing his first book entitled Disorienting Figures: The Sovereign and the Author in the Ottoman Nineteenth Century.