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Dr Fabio Caiani, Lecturer

Fabio Caiani‌Contact Information
Phone: 01334 463673
Office: Buchanan 107

Module surgery hours:
Wed, Thurs 9-10 

Full research profile

Research and Teaching

My research focuses on modern Arabic fiction and it is based on a close-textual analysis of primary sources. My literary (formal) approach aims at filling a gap in the literary criticism of Arabic literature available in non-Arabic languages which too often seems to neglect the artistic element of Arabic fictional texts.

In the past I focused on the experimental and innovative works of some of the most significant Arab writers (Yusuf Idris, Idwar al-Kharrat, Muhammad Barrada and Elyas Khoury). At the moment, together with Catherine Cobham I am working on the texts of the much overlooked pioneers of Iraqi fiction: ‘Abd al-Malik Nuri, Gha’ib Tu‘ma Farman, Mahdi ‘Isa al-Saqr and Fu’ad al-Takarli.

I teach Arabic language modules at all levels, including Media Arabic and Advanced Arabic at the Honours level.

Activities and awards

  • Honours Adviser for Arabic (2011)
  • Member of BRISMES (British Society for Middle Eastern Studies)
  • Refereeing for papers for Journal of Arabic Literature (2003)

PhD Supervision

Tiran Manucharyan (co-supervised with Catherine Cobham)