Visiting Faculty, Resident Senior Fellow, University of Central Florida

I am a Visiting Faculty member and Resident Senior Fellow at the Kurdish Political Studies Program at University of Central Florida (having taught previously at Indiana University-Bloomington (USA), Tarbiat Modares University (Iran), Damascus University and al-Baath University (Syria), and Mardin Artuklu University (Turkey)). I specialize in the languages, literatures and cultures of the Kurdish, Persian and Arabic worlds, and Comparative Literature.

My first book, Comparative Literature in Iran and the Arab World 1903 - 2012 (1st edition: Samt Press, Tehran 2013; 2nd edition: Egyptian Cultural Academy, Cairo 2017), deals with linguistic and literary genres in Islamic/ate world in general and in Arabo-Persian world in particular from the classical period to the present. My second book It Is Only Sound That Remains (Salahaddin University Press, 2016) aims to give a different voice through the life and legacy of modern Persian feminist poet, Forough Farrokhzad, to the male-dominated Kurdish language and culture at the heavy presence of Kurdish female fighter at the age of ISIL.

My current project Kafka’s Message investigates the reception of Kafka by modern and contemporary Persian and Arabic culture particularly after the Iranian Green Movement and the Arab Spring. I have conducted fieldwork in Iran, Syria, Lebanon, Kurdistan, Turkey, Morocco and beyond. My articles have appeared in Alif: Journal of Comparative Poetics (American University in Cairo), the Journal of Critical & Comparative Literature (Razi University, Kermanshah), Journal of the Academy of Persian Language and Literature (Tehran), “NuBihar Akademi” Journal of Kurdish Studies (Istanbul), the Journal of al-Turath al-Arabi (Arab Writers Union, Damascus), the Journal of “Mukaddime” (Mardin Artuklu University, Turkey), among many other venues.


  • –present
    Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature & Islamic World, Indiana University


  • 2011 
    Damascus University, Comparative Literature


2017-2018 Indiana University President's International Research Awards