Alif: Journal of Comparative Poetics

Alif is an annual bilingual (occasionally trilingual) peer-reviewed journal published by the Department of English and Comparative Literature of the American University in Cairo. Its first issue appeared in 1981, and it has been appearing continuously since.

Each issue revolves around a particular theme and all articles go through a rigorous refereeing process in any of the journal’s three languages: Arabic, English, or French. Alif’s articles have included scholarship by established and emerging academics alike. So while it has published scholarship by such star academics as Edward Said, Michael Wood, Judith Butler, to name a few, Alif equally perceives itself as a knowledge-production hub and several young scholars have received academic training, writing their first scholarly article for Alif.

Alif’s refereeing system and serious scholarship have gained its acknowledgment by a number of prestigious databases including Scopus, MLA International Bibliography, JSTOR, SAGE, Index Islamicus, EBSCO, Project MUSE, and Literature Resource Center (Gale).

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Submissions from 1986

D.W. Griffith's Poetics of Place and the Rural Ideal / ﺟﻤﺎﻟﻴﺎﺕ ﺍﻟﻤﻜﺎﻥ ﻭﺍﻟﺮﻳﻒ ﺍﻟﻤﺜﺎﻟﻲ ﻓﻲ ﺃﻓﻼﻡ ﺩ. ﻭ. ﺟﺮﻳﻔﻴﺚ, Alexander Doty

Mirrored Images: Rifā'ah al-Ṭahtāwī and the West (Introduction and Translation) / ﺻﻮﺭ ﻓﻲ ﺍﻟﻤﺮﺍﻳﺎ : ﺭﻓﺎﻋﺔ ﺍﻟﻃﻬﻄﺎﻭﻱ ﻭﺍﻟﻐﺮﺏ ( ﺗﻘﺪﻳﻢ ﻭﺗﺮﺟﻤﺔ, Sandra Naddaf

On the Poetics of Space ( Interview with S. Samar Damluji ) / ﺣﻮﻝ ﺟﻤﺎﻟﻴﺎﺕ ﺍﻟﻔﻀﺎﺀ (ﺣﻮﺍﺭ ﻣﻊ ﺳﻠﻤﻰ ﺳﻤﺮ ﺩﻣﻠﻮﺟﻲ, Hassan Fathy and Salma Samar Damluji

التشكيل المكاﻧﻲ وإنتاج المعنى : الصفحة الشعرية عند أمل دنقل / Spatial Structures and the Production of Meaning : Amal Dunqul's Poetic Page, Hazem Shehata and Amal Dunqul

الكيان والمكان / Being and Place, Muhamed Choukri

جماليات المكان ﻓﻲ مسرح صلاح عبد الصبور / The Poetics of Place in the Drama of Salāḥ 'Abd al-Sabūr, Medhat Al-Jayyar

ظرف المكان ﻓﻲ النحو العرﺑﻲ وطرق توظيفه ﻓﻲ الشعر / The Adverbs of Place in Arabic Grammar and Poetry, Ahmad Taher Hassanein

يورى لوتمان : مشكلة المكان ﺍﻟﻔﻨﻲ / Iouri Lotman: "Le problème de l'espace artistique", Ceza Kassem-Draz and Iouri Lotman

Submissions from 1985

Gérard de Nerval et le Rêve, Annonciateur de Mort / ﺟﻴﺮﺍﺭ ﺩﻱ ﻧﺮﭬﺎﻝ ﻭﺍﻟﺤﻠﻢ ﺍﻟﻤﻨﺬﺭ ﺑﺎﻟﻤﻮﺕ, Dawlat El-Arab

In Principio Erat Verbum... The Mysticism of Marguerite Duras / ﻓﻲ ﺍﻟﺒﺪﺀ ﻛﺎﻥ ﺍﻟﻜﻠﻤﺔ ... ﺃﻭ ﺻﻮﻓﻴﺔ ﻣﺎﺭﺟﺮﻳﺖ ﺩﻭﺭﺍ, Enright-Clark Doris

Stations of Wisdom and Battlefields of Love: Introduction and Translation / ﻧﺼﻮﺹ ﻣﻦ ﺍﻟﺮﺳﺎﻟﺔ ﺍﻟﻘﺸﻴﺮﻳﺔ ﻭﺻﺎﺩ ﻣﻴﺪﺍﻥ ﻟﻌﺒﺪ ﺍﻟﻠﻪ ﺃﻧﺼﺎﺭﻱ, Abū al-Qāsim Al-Qushayrī, Abdallāh Anṣārī, and Alan Godlas

The Feminine Element in Ibn 'Arabī's Mystical Philosophy / ﺍﻟﻌﻨﺼﺮ ﺍﻷﻧﺜﻮﻱ ﻓﻲ ﻓﻠﺴﻔﺔ ﺍﻟﺘﺼﻮﻑ ﻋﻨﺪ ﺍﺑﻦ ﻋﺮﺑﻲ, Huda Lutfi

The Riddle of the Self: Ignorance of Ignorance, Ignorance of Knowledge, Knowledge of Ignorance and Knowledge of Knowledge / ﺃﺣﺠﻴﺔ ﺍﻟﻨﻔﺲ : ﺍﻟﺠﻬﻞ ﺑﺎﻟﺠﻬﻞ ﻭﺍﻟﺠﻬﻞ ﺑﺎﻟﻌﻠﻢ ﻭﺍﻟﻌﻠﻢ ﺑﺎﻟﺠﻬﻞ ﻭﺍﻟﻌﻠﻢ ﺑﺎﻟﻌﻠﻢ, Hyun Höchsmann

Western and Eastern Themes in the Poetry of Yunus Emre / ﺍﻟﺜﻴﻤﺎﺕ ﺍﻟﺸﺮﻗﻴﺔ ﻭﺍﻟﻐﺮﺑﻴﺔ ﻓﻲ ﺷﻌﺮ ﻳﻮﻧﺲ ﺇﻳﻤﺮﻳﻪ, Edouard Roditi

ﺍﻟﻮﻻﻳﺔ ﻭﺍﻟﻨﺒﻮﺓ " ﻋﻨﺪ ﻣﺤﻴﻲ ﺍﻟﺪﻳﻦ ﺑﻦ عرﺑﻲ : تحقيق ودراسة لنص لم يسبق نشره / " Sainthood and Prophecy " : A Study and Edition of an Epistolary Manuscript by Ibn 'Arabī, Mohi ElDin Ibn 'Arabī and Hamed Taher

رمز الخمر ﻓﻲ الشعر العرﺑﻲ القديم / The Symbol of Wine in Classical Arabic Poetry, Muhammad Ahmad Birairi

عمل الحب فى مديح المحبة" لسورين كيركجور / "The Work of Love in Praising Love" by Søren Kierkegaard, Fouad Kamel and Søren Kierkegaard

قصيدة " البردة " لكعب بن زهير ومكانتها ﻓﻲ التراث الصوﻓﻲ / The Impact of the Ode " al-Burda " on the Sufi Tradition, Ka'ib Bin Zuhair and Muhammad Al-Sayid Ibrahim

نجيب محفوظ والحل الصوﻓﻲ / Najīb Maḥfūẓ and the Sufi Way, Hamdi Sakkout

Submissions from 1984

Al-Jahiz on Translation / ﺍﻟﺠﺎﺣﻆ ﻭﻓﻦ ﺍﻟﺗﺮﺟﻤﺔ, Sherman Jackson

Flaubert's Salammbô: Exotic Text and Inter Text / ﺍﻟﻧﺺ ﺍﻟﻼﻣﺄﻟﻮﻑ ﻭﺍﻟﺘﻨﺎﺹ, Anne Mullen - Hohl

Looking for the Indian in Columbus Journal and Garcia Marquez's The Autumn of the Patriarch / ﺍﻟﺒﺤﺚ ﻋﻦ ﺍﻟﻬﻨﺪﻱ - ﺍﻷﻣﺮﻳﻜﻲ ﻓﻲ ﻳﻮﻣﻴﺎﺕ ﻛﻮﻟﻤﺒﺲ ﻭﺧﺮﻳﻒ ﺍﻟﺒﻄﺮﻳﺮﻙ ﻟﺠﺎﺭﺛﻴﺎ ﻣﺎﺭﻛﻴﺰ, José Hernán Córdova

Notes on Arabic Prosody / ﻣﻼﺣﻈﺎﺕ ﺣﻮﻝ ﺍﻟﻌﺮﻭﺽ ﺍﻟﻌﺮﺑﻲ, Roger Finch

On Criticism and Creativity / ﺍﻟﻧﻘﺪ ﻭﺍﻹﺑﺪﺍﻉ, Shukry Ayyad

Postmodernity and the Ancient near East / ﻣﺎ ﺑﻌﺪ ﺍﻟﺤﺪﺍﺛﺔ ﻭﺍﻟﺸﺮﻕ ﺍﻷﺩﻧﻰ ﺍﻟﻘﺪﻳﻢ, John R. Maier and Parvin Ghassemi

Textual Relations and Encyclopaedic Order in the Work of Larousse / ﻋﻼﻗﺎﺕ ﺍﻟﻨﺼﻮﺹ ﻭﺍﻟﻨﻈﺎﻡ ﺍﻟﻣﻮﺳﻮﻋﻲ ﻋﻨﺪ ﻻﺭﻭﺱ, Magdi Wahba

التناص وإشاريات العمل الأدبي / Intertextuality and the Semiotics of the Literary Work, Sabry Hafez

اللغة بين الرؤية الحديثة والرؤية النيوكلاسيكية / Language and Vision: Modern and Neoclassical, Claude Audebert

المفارقة عند جيمز جويس واميل حبيبي / Irony in Joyce's Ulysses and Habibi's Pessoptimist, Samia Mehrez

جدلية التناص / Intertextual Dialectics, Gamal Al-Ghitany

Submissions from 1983

German Ghazals: An Experiment in Cross Cultural Literary Synthesis / ﺍﻟﻐﺰﻝ ﺍﻷﻟﻤﺎﻧﻲ : ﺗﺠﺮﺑﺔ ﻓﻲ ﺍﻻﻟﺘﺤﺎﻡ ﺍﻷﺩﺑﻲ ﺑﻴﻦ ﺛﻘﺎﻓﺘﻴﻦ, Charlotte el-Shabrawy

Ibn Hawqal in Sicily / ﺍﺑﻦ ﺣﻮﻗﻞ ﻓﻲ ﺻﻘﻠﻴﺔ, William Granara

On Translating Arabic Literature: An Interview with Denys Johnson-Davies / ﺣﻮﻝ ﺗﺮﺟﻤﺔ ﺍﻷﺩﺏ ﺍﻟﻌﺮﺑﻲ : ﻣﻘﺎﺑﻠﺔ ﻣﻊ ﺩﻳﻨﻴﺲ ﺟﻮﻧﺴﻮﻥ - ﺩﻳﻔﻴﺰ, Denys Johnson-Davies and Ferial Ghazoul

The Maghrib and The Stranger / ﺍﻟﻤﻐﺮﺏ ﻭﺍﻟﻐﺮﻳﺐ, Barbara Harlow

The Other Way around: The Question of Travel in American Travel Writing / ﺃﺩﺏ ﺍﻟﺮﺣﻼﺕ ﺍﻷﻣﺮﻳﻜﻲ: ﺍﻟﻨﺤﻮ ﺍﻵﺧﺮ, Terry P. Caesar

Two Seventeenth Century Perspectives on the Middle East: George Sandys and Sir Henry Blount / ﺭﺅﻳﺘﺎﻥ ﻣﻦ ﺍﻟﻘﺮﻥ ﺍﻟﺴﺎﺑﻊ ﻋﺸﺮ ﻟﻠﺸﺮﻕ ﺍﻷﻭﺳﻂ : ﺟﻮﺭﺝ ﺳﺎﻧﺪﺯ ﻭﺳﻴﺮ ﻫﻨﺮﻱ ﺑﻼﻭﻧﺖ, Jonathan Haynes

المعجم الشعرﻱ والصراع بين الشعراء والنقاد العرب / The Poetical Lexicon in Arabic Tradition, Ahmad Taher Hassanein

اهتمام الغرب بالإسلام / Western Medieval Concern with Islam, Norman Daniel and Sami Badrawi

صانع الأسطورة: الطيب صالح / The Myth Maker: al-Tayyeb Saleh's The Wedding of Zein, Ahmad Shams al-Din Al-Haggagi

هل تكون القيمة الجمالية عالمية ؟ / Can There Be a Universal Aesthetic Value?, Jan Mukarovsky, Ceza Draz Kassem, and Abdel Ghaffar Makkawi

Submissions from 1982

Al-Jurjani's Theory of Discourse / ﻋﺒﺪ ﺍﻟﻘﺎﻫﺮ ﺍﻟﺠﺮﺟﺎﻧﻲ: ﻣﻦ ﺩﻻﺋﻞ ﺍﻹﻋﺠﺎﺯ, Abd al-Qahir Al-Jurjani and Margaret Larkin

On the Ancients and the Moderns / ﺍﺑﻦ ﺭﺷﻴﻖ ﺍﻟﻘﻴﺮﻭﺍﻧﻲ: ﺍﻟﻘﺪﻣﺎﺀ ﻭﺍﻟﻤﺤﺪﺛﻮﻥ, Ibn Rashiq Al-Qayrawàni and Dustin Cowell

Ontological Concerns in 20th Century Writers / ﺍﻟﻘﻠﻖ ﺍﻷﻧﻄﻮﻟﻮﺟﻲ ﻓﻲ ﺍﻷﺩﺏ ﺍﻷﻭﺭﺑﻲ, Doris Enright-Clark Shoukri

Opaque and Transparent Discourse: A Contrastive Analysis of the «Star of August» and «The Man of the High Dam» by Son' Allah Ibrahim /ﺣﺪﻳﺚ ﺍﻟﻌﺘﺎﻣﺔ ﻭﺣﺪﻳﺚ ﺍﻟﺸﻔﺎﻓﻴﺔ : ﺩﺭﺍﺳﺔ ﻣﻘﺎﺭﻧﺔ ﺑﻴﻦ ﺇﻧﺴﺎﻥ ﺍﻟﺴﺪ ﺍﻟﻌﺎﻟﻲ ﻭﻧﺠﻤﺔ ﺃﻏﺴﻄﺲ ﻟﺻﻨﻊ ﺍﷲ ﺇﺑﺮﺍﻫﻴﻢ, Céza Kassem-Draz

The Poetic Page: A Semiological Study / ﺍﻟﺻﻔﺤﺔ ﺍﻟﺸﻌﺮﻳﺔ: ﺩﺭﺍﺳﺔ ﺳﻤﻴﻮﻟﻮﺟﻴﺔ, Gérard Lapacherie

اتجاهان في التقييم الأدبي / Two Traditions of Literary Evaluation, E.D Hirsch and Nasr Rizq

الفن باعتباره تكنيكاً / Art as Technique, Viktor Shklovski, Abbas Al-Tunsi, and Hassan Al-Banna

أهمية النسخة الخاصة بعبد الرحمن شكري من ديوان أزهار الشر لبودلير / The Significance of Shukri's Reading of Baudelarire's Flowers of Evil, Abd Al Muhsin Badr

حوار مع إدوار الخراط يوم ٣ يناير ١٩٨٢ / Interview with Edward al-Kharrat, Sabri Hafiz

مدرسة " تاريخ الأشكال الأدبية / The School of " Form Criticism ", Hasan Hanafi

Submissions from 1981

A Last Attempt to Grasp Poetry: Notes on Hegel's Lectures on the Philosophy of Art / ﻣﺤﺎﻭﻟﺔ ﺃﺧﻴﺮﺓ ﻟﻔﻬﻢ ﺍﻟﺸﻌﺮ: ﻣﻼﺣﻈﺎﺕ ﺣﻮﻝ ﻓﻠﺴﻔﺔ ﺍﻟﻔﻦ ﻋﻨﺪ ﻫﻴﺠﻞ, Steffen Stelzer

Avicenna On Style / ﻣﻔﻬﻮﻢ ﺍﻷﺳﻠﻮﺏ ﻋﻨﺪ ﺍﺑﻦ ﺳﻴﻨﺎ, Husain Haddawy

Jabra Jabra's Interpoetics: An Interview with Jabra Ibrahim Jabra / ﺍﻟﺮﺅﻳﺔ ﺍﻟﻔﻨﻴﺔ ﻋﻦ ﺟﺒﺮﺍ ﺟﺒﺮﺍ: ﻣﻘﺎﺑﻠﺔ, Alaa Elgibali, Barbara Harlow, and Jabra Ibrahim Jabra

Style, Meaning and Ideology / ﺍﻟﻤﻌﻨﻰ ﻭﺍﻷﻳﺪﻳﻮﻟﻮﺟﻴﺔ ﻭﺍﻷﺳﻠﻮﺏ, David Konstan

ﻗﻮﺍﻋﺪ )) ﺍﻟﻨﺤﻮ ﺍﻟﻌﺮﺑﻲ ﻭ (( ﺻﻨﺎﻋﺘﻪ )) ﺑﻴﻦ ﺍﻷﺻﺎﻟﺔ ﺍﻟﻌﺮﺑﻴﺔ ﻭﺍﻟﻤﻨﻄﻖ ﺍﻷﺭﺳﻄﻲ / The"Rules" and The "Craft" of Arabic Crammer : Arabic Authenticity and Aristotelian Logic, Ahmed Ghonaim

منطق الشعر / Poetic Logic, Gian Battista Vico and Muhammad Salama

ﺗﻄﻮّﺭ ﺍﻟﻨﻈﺮﻳﺔ ﺍﻷﺩﺑّﻴﺔ / The Evolution of Literary Theory, Tzvetan Todorov and Maha Galal Abou-Elala