Ziad Elmarsafy



Ziad Elmarsafy was born in Egypt, raised in Kuwait and schooled in the USA.

He took a degree in Physics at Cornell before seeing the light and completing degrees in French literature at Johns Hopkins (MA) and Emory University (PhD). Since then he has taught at the University of California, Wellesley College and New York University.



The literatures of the Middle East and North Africa (Arabic, French, English), postcolonial literature writ large, literature and religion.

Current projects

Current projects include:

  • (with Anna Bernard and Stuart Murray) What Postcolonial Theory Doesn’t Say. An edited collection devoted to the current state and future direction of the field of postcolonial literary and cultural theory. Forthcoming, Routledge 2014. 
  • Sufism in Western Literature, Culture and Thought. A study of the interaction between Sufi themes and ideas and Western literature, culture and thought.  Forthcoming, Bloomsbury Academic, 2015.

Contact details

Dr Ziad Elmarsafy
Department of English and Related Literature
University of York
Y010 5DD

Tel: 44 1904 323342