Marmura Lectures in Arabic Studies

When and Where

Friday, March 26, 2021 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Online Lecture via Zoom


Hoda El Shakry


The Literary Qurʾan

In this talk, Hoda El Shakry discusses her new book, The Literary Qurʾan: Narrative Ethics in the Maghreb (Fordham University Press, 2019), which was just awarded the MLA’s 2020 Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for Comparative Literary Studies. Showing how the Qurʾan models ethical reading practices, the study examines the influence of Qurʾanic textual, hermeneutical, and philosophical traditions on Arabic and Francophone novels from the Maghreb.

Hoda El Shakry is Assistant Professor in the Department of Comparative Literature at the University of Chicago. She is a scholar of twentieth- and twenty-first century cultural production from North Africa and the Middle East - with an emphasis on the relationship between aesthetics and ethics. She specializes in Arabic and Francophone literature, visual culture, and criticism of the Maghreb (Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia).

To attend, click the Zoom link (MEETING ID: 859 2967 4638) at 3 PM on March 26, 2021.