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Zahia Salhi

Professor Zahia Smail Salhi

Associate Editor

Zahia Smail Salhi received her BA (Licence) from Algeria, and her PhD from Exeter University. Currently, she is Chair of Modern Arabic Studies at the University of Manchester.  Prior to that she was head of the Department of Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Leeds. 

She was Executive Director of BRISMES (2008-2010), an IPAF Judge in 2013, and a Co-Director of the Centre for the Advanced Study of the Arab World (2013-2016). She was also a member of Sub-Panel 27 Area Studies of the Research Excellence Framework. Zahia's research focuses on Middle Eastern Cultures, Literatures and gender studies. Her recent research is focussing on post-Gulf war Saudi literature.
Her publications include Politics and Poetics in the Algerian Novel (Edwin Mellen Press: 1999), Gender and Diversity in the Middle East and North Africa (Routledge: 2010 & 2014), Gender and Violence in Islamic Societies: Patriarchy, Islamism and Politics in the Middle East and North Africa, (I. B. Tauris, 2013), and Occidentalism: Literary Representations of the Maghrebi Experience of the East-West Encounter, (EUP: 2017).