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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 double-blind 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 through Alif.
Alif receives annual requests to reprint articles that appeared on its pages in several international edited volumes and reference works. This attests to the visibility of the journal on the international scholarly map.

Alif’s rigorous refereeing system and serious scholarship have gained it acknowledgment by a number of prestigious databases including the Modern Language Association (MLA) International Bibliography, JSTOR, Index Islamicus, EBSCO, Project MUSE, and Literature Resource Center (Gale). 

Alif boasts a distinguished Advisory Board of scholars from Egypt, the Arab World, Europe,
and the US—including (in alphabetical order):

Omaima Abou Bakr (Cairo University)
Saad Albazei (King Saud University)
Galal Amin (AUC)
Gaber Asfour (Cairo University)
Mohammed Berrada (University of Mohamed V)
Ira Dworkin (Texas A&M University)
Ziad Elmarsafy (King’s College London)
Céza Kassem-Draz (AUC and Cairo University)
Sabry Hafez (SOAS, University of London)
Richard Jacquemond (University of Aix-Marseille)
As‘ad Khairallah (American University of Beirut)
Andrew N. Rubin (Lannan’s Center for Advanced Studies)
Randa Sabry (Cairo University)
Doris Enright-Clark Shoukri (AUC)
Hoda Wasfi (Ain Shams University)

Alif welcomes original submissions on literature and cultural studies for its annual thematic
issues. For more information, please see our submission guidelines.

Forthcoming issues will center on the following themes:
Alif 39 (2019): Transnational Drama: Ritual, Theater and Performance
Alif 4
0 (2020): Mapping New Directions in the Humanities
41 (2021): Literature, History and Historiography