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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)


The Iraqi Novel: Key Writers, Key Texts
Cobham, C. M. & Caiani, F. Aug 2013 Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. 264 p.
Research output: Book/ReportBook

Contemporary Arab Fiction: Innovation from Rama to Yalu
Caiani, F. 2007 London and New York: Routledge. 180 p. (Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Literatures)
Research output: Book/ReportBook


L’arte di narrare: vecchio e nuovo a confronto
Caiani, F. & Osti, L. 2002 Eredità del XX Secolo in Medio Oriente. Restifo, G. (ed.). Selene, p. 207-225 18 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Bread and cinema: Baghdad in al-Nakhla wa-'l-jiran by Gha'ib Tu'ma Farman
Caiani, F. & Cobham, C. M. 2010 In : Middle Eastern Literatures. 13, 3, p. 231-259 28 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

The Other Shore: Dialogue and Difference in Mahdi Isa al-Saqr's al-Shati' al-thani
Cobham, C. M. & Caiani, F. 2008 In : Middle Eastern Literatures. 11, 3, p. 265 – 281 17 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

'My Name is Yalu.' The Development of Metafiction in Ilyas Khuri's Work
Caiani, F. 2007 In : Middle Eastern Literatures. 10, 2, p. 137-155 8 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Representations of Egypt in some Works by Idwar al-Kharrat
Caiani, F. 2005 In : Middle Eastern Literatures. 8, 1, p. 35-52 17 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Polyphony and narrative voice in Fuad Al-Takarli's 'Al-Raj Al-Baid' (Iraq, novel, themes)
Caiani, F. 2004 In : Journal of Arabic Literature. 35, p. 45-70 26 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Osservazioni sulla lingua nel racconto al-‘Atb ‘ala ’l-nazar di Yusuf Idris.
Caiani, F. 1999 In : Annali di Ca' Foscari. XXXVIII, 3, p. 163-179 16 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


History of Arab Theatre: From the Nadha to Today
Caiani, F. 4 May 2014 In : Middle Eastern Literatures. 17, 2, p. 211-213 3 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review