Principal Investigator

Professor Rebecca Gould

Professor Rebecca Gould

Professor and Professorial Research Fellow, Islamic World and Comparative Literature

Rebecca Gould is the author of Writers and Rebels: The Literature of Insurgency in the Caucasus (Yale University Press, 2016), which was awarded the University of Southern California Book Prize in Literary and Cultural Studies and the best book award by the Association for Women in Slavic Studies, and the translator of After Tomorrow the Days Disappear: Ghazals and Other Poems ...


Dr Ceylan Ceyhun Arslan

Ceylan Ceyhun ArslanDr Ceylan Ceyhun Arslan received his PhD from the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University in 2017 and will start working as an Assistant Professor of English Language and Comparative Literature at Koç University in 2018.

As an ANAMED Fellow, he is working on his book project, ‘Ambivalences of Ottoman Modernity: Nahda, Tanzimat, and World Literature’. This will undermine the typical scholarly view that nahda, which refers to Arab cultural revival or ‘awakening’, and tanzimat, which refers to both state-wide imperial reforms and the late Ottoman Turkish literature, were two separate movements that took shape solely under the Western influence.

To show that these movements were instead constitutive of each other, his monograph will re-examine nahda and tanzimat under the larger umbrella term ‘Ottoman modernity’ and re-contextualizes modern Arabic and Turkish literatures of the nineteenth and early twentieth century within a multilingual Ottoman cultural milieu instead of their respective national communities.

The book will also propose that fundamental notions in the world literature scholarship need to be revised for a nuanced understanding of the late Ottoman Empire, hence giving a close reading of Arabic and Turkish literary texts to provide new theoretical perspectives on translation, intertextuality, and world literature. E-mail:

Dr Hany Rashwan

Hani Rashwan

Hany Rashwan earned his Ph.D. in Cultural, Literary and Postcolonial Studies from SOAS (2016). Prior to joining the GlobalLIT project to lead the Arabic strand, he was an Andrew Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the American University of Beirut. Dr. Rashwan is the recipient of the International Society for the History of Rhetoric (ISHR) Research Fellowship in 2015. His research focuses on both Arabic balāgha (literary poetics) and khitābah (oral public speech and philosophical argumentation).

His primary research interest is how to bridge the two disciplines of comparative balāgha and comparative literature to acknowledge the relationship between the 'poetic form' and its 'eloquent content.' His primary research goal is to reinvigorate the studies of Islamic balāghah and khitābah in the Euro-American scholarship and to let the studied cultures to speak for themselves without any automatic imposition of Eurocentrism. Dr. Rashwan is currently finishing his book with AUC University Press entitled: Literariness and Aesthetics of ancient Egyptian Literature: Arabic Jinās in Post-Eurocentric Poetics.