SiddiqProfessor Muhammad Siddiq

Muhammad Siddiq, Ph.D. (U.C. Berkeley, 1981)
Professor of Arabic and Comparative Literature.

siddiq@berkeley.edu

250 Barrows Hall
Department of Near Eastern Studies, University of California, Berkeley

 

About Professor Siddiq:

HIGHER EDUCATION:

Ph. D.                    1981     University of California, Berkeley. Comparative Literature (Arabic, Hebrew, English, French, Latin).

Dissertation:    Patterns of Identity in the Hebrew and Arabic Novel.

M.A.                      1974     University of California, Berkeley. Comparative Literature (Arabic, Hebrew, English).

Academic Ranks and Tenure in Institutions of Higher Education:

1989-         Professor of Arabic Literature,  Dept. of Near Eastern Studies, University of California, Berkeley.

1986-1989:  Professor of Arabic and Comparative Literature, Dept. of Near Eastern Languages and Culture, University of Washington, Seattle.

1981-1986:  Assistant Professor of Arabic and Comparative Literature, Dept. of Near Eastern Languages and Culture,  University of Washington, Seattle.

1979-1981:  Acting Assistant Professor of Arabic Literature, Dept. of Near Eastern Languages and Culture, University of Washington, Seattle.

Offices in University Academic Administration: At the University of California, Berkeley:

1997-8                Undergraduate advisor, Dept. of NES
Chair, GSI Committee, NES
Chair, Corriculum Committee, NES
Major’s Advisor, Center for Middle Eastern Studies
Member, Advisory Committee, Center for Middle Eastern Studies  

1996-7                Undergraduate advisor, Dept. of NES
Chair, GSI Committee, NES
Chair, Corriculum Committee, NES
Chairman, Programs Committee, Center for Middle Eastern Studies.
Major’s Advisor, Center for Middle Eastern Studies
Member, Advisory Committee, Center for Middle Eastern Studies

             (Sabbatical, academic year 1995/6: September 1995-June 1996).

1995          (Summer) Director, Western Universities Summer Consortium.

1992-6       (Summer) Chairman, Dept. of Near Eastern Studies.

1990-8       Undergraduate Advisor, Dept. of Near Eastern Studies.

1993-5       Co-Chairman, Admissions and Fellowships Committee.

1991-5       Chair,  GSI Committee.

1990-5       Member of the Senate Committee on Languages.

1993-4       Member of the Senate Committee on Research.

1994-5       Member of Joint UCB-UCLA Co-ordination Committee.

1993- 5      Member of the Senate Curriculum Committee.

1990-1995      Member of the Steering Committee, Center for Middle Eastern Studies.
1990-1995      Chair, Foreign Language and Area Studies  Fellowships Committee, Center for Middle Eastern Studies.
1990-2000      Academic Advisor, Center for Middle Eastern Studies.
2000-2001      Member of the Admissions and Fellowships Committee, NES
2000-2001      Undergraduate Advisor, NES
2003-2004      Undergraduate Advisor, NES
2004-2005      Member of the Admissions and Fellowships Committee, NES

 At the University of Washington:

1979-1986      Member of the Executive Committee, Center for Middle Eastern Studies.
1982-1986      Program Committee, Dept. of Comparative Literature.

1981-1985      Chairman, Fellowships Committee, Center for Middle Eastern Studies.

Scholarly Positions and Activities Outside the University:

1994             (Co) Director of National Endowment for the Humanities Teachers’ Institute on Islam, Abique, New Mexico.                
1994-1999      Member of the Board of Directors, Association of American Teachers of Arabic.
1994-1999      Member of the Editorial Board of Al-’Arabiyya.

1984-2000      Member of the Translation Awards Committee, Association of American Teachers of Arabic.

1990-            Advisor to the University of California Press, Middle East Section.

Active Participation in Scholarly Conferences:

** “The Arabic Novel and the Unfinished Project of the Nahda”
Conference: The Arab Novel: Visioins of Social Reality
Center for Contemporary Arab Studies
Georgetown University, April 12-14, 2002

** “Fictional Arabesques for a Virtual Nation”

Conference: Narrating and Imaging the Nation
SOAS, University of London, 20-22 June, 2001.

** “What Nation, if Any, Does the Egyptian Novel Represent?”
ACLA Annual Conference, Colorado April 20-22, 2001.

** “The Making of a Hybrid Identity: Reflections on Anton Shammas' Arabesques”
Conference on Literature and Nationalism in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)   Edinburgh Institute for the Advanced Study of Islam and the Middle East, University of Edinburgh 10 - 13 July, 2000

** “Realism Revisited: Rereading Mahfuz’s Cairene Trilogy,” Middle
East Literature Conference, University of Texas, Austin, (April   1988).

** “Deconstruction and Modern Arabic Literary Criticism,” Middle East Literature                
Conference, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, (March 1985).

** “New Directions in Contemporary Egyptian Fiction,” Middle East Studies Association       
Conference, San Francisco, (November 1984).

** “Political Education in the Fiction of Ghassan Kanafani,” Middle East Studies Association Conference, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, (November 1982).

** “Mikha’il Nu’aima: A Novelist Manque,” Middle East Studies Association Conference, University of Washington, Seattle (November 1981).

Colloquium Talks and Other Invited Lectures:

** "The Novel and the making of modern Arab culture: the historical agency of a literary genre."
Tulane University, New Orleans, October 28, 2004

** (Director of Intensive Workshops: October 29-31, 2004) on how to incorporate Arab Islamic literature and culture in the Global Texts Program at Tulane Univeristy.
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**”Islam and the Literary Imgaination         

** “Visual Reflections on Modern Arabic Poetry,” Willamette University, Salem, Oregon        (September 10, 1996).

** “The World of Najib Mahfuz,” Three Lectures, The Phoebe Hearst Museum, University of California, Berkeley (January 27, February 3, 10, 1993).

** “Al-Andalus in Modern Arabic Literature,” University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan (October 12, 1992).

** “Literary Representations and Cultural Identities in Modern Arabic Literature,” Mary Washington University, Virginia (November 1990).

** “The Dynamics of Cultural Encounter in Arabic Fiction,” College Seminar Series, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington (October 1990).

** “The Achievement of Najib Mahfuz,” University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, California (February 1989).

.** “Najib Mahfuz and the Art of the Arabic Novel,” University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California (April 1989).

** “Self and Other in Palestinian Fiction,” Third Annual Fayiz Sayigh Lecture, University of    Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah (April 1988).

.** “East and West in Modern Arabic Literature: A Reexamination,” Two Lectures, The American Research Center in Egypt, Cairo (February 1987).

Scholarships, Awards, Research Grants, etc.

1.   1995-6    Humanities Research Fellowship, UC Berkeley.

2.   1994       Mellon Research Grant, Center for Middle East Studies, UC Berkeley.

3.   1993-4   National Endowment for the Humanities Grant to Direct aSummer Institute on Islamic Culture for High School Teachers, Abique, New Mexico.

4.   1993     Mellon Summer Research Grant, Center for Middle East Studies, UC Berkeley.

5.   1993     Instructional Improvement Grant, UC Berkeley.

6.   1992     Mellon Research Grant for Curriculum Development,  Center for Middle East Studies, UC Berkeley.

7.   1986-7   Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad Fellowship.

8.   1984       GSRF Summer Travel Grant.

9.   1978       Mabelle McLeod Lewis Dissertation Fellowship.

10. 1974-7   Kent-Danforth Graduate Fellowship.

11. 1973-4   Ford Fellowship.

PUBLICATIONS:

A. Books:

      Man Is A Cause: Political Consciousness and the Fiction of
Ghassan Kanafani. University of Washington Press, 1984.

      Arab Culture and the Novel: Genre, Identity, and Agency in Egyptian     
Fiction. Routledge, 2007.

Significant but Problematic Others: Negotiating “Israelis” in the Works of Mahmoud Darwish
Special Issue: Arabic Literature Now: Between Area Studies and the New Comparatism; Comparative Literature Studies, The Pennsylvania State University vol. 47, no. 4, 2010

B. Works in Progress: 

A Homeland for a Metaphor: Mahmoud Darwish and the Poetics of Palestine.

C. Articles in Refereed Journals:

*. "On Composing Hebraic Arabesques," Alif: Journal of Comparative Poetics, No. 20 (2000), pp-155-166.

*. “The Reason of Poetry: An Aesthetic Reading of the Mu’allaqa of Imru’ al-Qays,” Al-Karmil, Vol. 17-18 (1997-1998), pp.

*. “The Problematics of Knowledge in the Arabic Novel,” (in Arabic), Mawaqif, Volume 70/71 (Winter-Spring)1993, pp.144-161.

*. “Jabra I. Jabra and the Novel of Subjective Aesthetics” Mundus    Arabicus,Volume Five, 1992, pp. 169-190.

*. “The Making of a Counter-Narrative: Two Examples from Contemporary Arabic and Hebrew Fiction,” Michigan Quarterly  Review,  Volume XXXI, No. 4, (Fall1992), pp. 649-662.

*. “Partial Theory: A Review of Sasson Somekh’s Genre and Language in Modern Arabic Literature,” Al-Arabiyya, 25,        (1992), pp. 97-105.

*. “The Other Arabia: History and Fiction in Abd al-Rahman Munif’s Quartet Mudun al-Milh,” The World and I, (January, 1989), pp. 370-377.

*  “An Annotated Bibliography of Literary Theory in Arabic: 1984-1985,” New Literary History: International Bibliography of Literary Theory and Criticism, Ralph Cohen, Editor, The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1988,  entries 1-101.

*. “In and Out of Arabic Fiction: The Plight of the Arab Intellectual,” Critical Exchange, No. 22 (Spring 1987), pp. 63-79.

*. “Deconstructing the Saint’s Lamp,” Journal of Arabic Literature ,
Vol. XVII, (1986), pp. 126-145.

*. “The Contemporary Arabic Novel in Perspective,” World Literature Today, (Spring 1986), pp.

*.“The Fiction of Sahar Khalifa: Between Defiance and Deliverance,” Arab Studies Quarterly,  Vol. 8, No. 2 (Spring 1986), pp. 143-160.

*. “Mikha’il N‘aimy as Novelist,” Al- Arabiyya, No. 15 (1982), pp. 15-33.

*. “The Process of Individuation in al-Tayyib Salih’s novel Season of Migration to the North,” Journal of Arabic Literature, Vol. IX  (1978), pp. 68-104.

*. a. “Tahlikh ha-Individuatsia beOnat Hanedida al-Hatsafon,” (Hebrew Translation of item 12), Hasifrut, Vol. 27, (December 1978), pp. 64-85.

C. Chapters in Books:

      “On Ropes of Memory: Narrating the Palestinian Refugees,” in
Mistrusting Refugees, ed.  E. Valentine Daniel and John Chr.
Knudsen, University of California Press, 1995. pp. 87-101.

D. Book Reviews:
*.    Stefan G. Meyer, The Experimental Arabic Novel: Postcolonial    Literary Modernism in the Levant, The International Fiction Review, Volume 30 (2003).

*.    M. M. Badawi, ed. Modern Arabic Literature,Journal of Arabic   Literature, Vol. XXVI, (1995).

*.    Robin Ostle, ed. Modern Literature in the Near and Middle East: 1850-1970.  The Middle East Journal, Vol. 46, No. 4 (Autumn 1992).

*.    Albert Hourani, A History of the Arab Peoples, San Francisco Chronicle, (March 7, 1991).

*.    Marwan Hassan, The Confusion of Stones: Two Novellas. Al-Arabiyya, Vol. 24 (1991).

*.    Abd al-Rahman Munif, Cities of Salt, reviewed in the Book Review  Section San Francisco Chronicle, (October 13, 1991).

*.    M. M. Badawi, Early Arabic Drama and Modern Arabic Drama, Middle East Studies Association Bulletin, 24 (1990).

*.   “Taking the Measure of Egypt’s Nobel Laureate,” Lost Angeles Times Book Review, (Sunday, November 12, 1990).

*.   Yoram Binur, My Enemy, My Self. Los Angeles Times Book Review,  (Sunday, April 2, 1989).

*.   “Naguib Mahfouz and the Rise of the Arabic Novel,” Los Angeles Times Book Review, (Sunday, November 26, 1988).

*.   Anton Shammas, Arabesques. Los Angeles Times Book Review, (Sunday, April 24, 1988).

*.   David Grossman, The Yellow Wind,Los Angeles Times Book Review,                (Sunday, March 6, 1988).

*.   Mona Takieeddine Amyuni, ed. Tayeb Salih’s Season of Migration to the North: A Casebook.  MESA Bulletin, 20 (1986).

*.   Matityahu Peled, Religion My Own: A Study in the Literary Works of  Najib Mahfuz. Middle East Studies Association Bulletin, 19 (1985).

*.   Alif.  Middle East Studies Association Bulletin, 19 (1985).

*.   Abdullah al-Udhari, Victims of a Map. World Literature Today,   (Summer, 1985). 

*.   Taysir Nashif, Mufakkirun Filastiniyyun fi al-Qarn al- Ishrin. Middle East Studies Association Bulletin,  14 , No. 1 (1982).

*.   Roger Allen, The Arabic Novel: An Historical and Critical Introduction. Middle East Studies Association Bulletin, 16, No.  2 (1982).

E. Encyclopedia Articles:

1.  “Survey of Palestinian Literature,” Encyclopedia of World  Literature,  Volume Five, 1993.

2.  “Mahmud Darwish,”  EWL,  Volume Five, 1993.

3.  “Ghassan Kanafani,”  EWL Volume Five, 1993.

4.  “Emil Habibi,”  EWL Volume Five, 1993.

F.   Manuscript Evaluations for Several University Publications.

G.   Appointments, Tenure, and Promotion Evaluations of Peers at Several Universities.

Department of Near Eastern Studies, University of California, Berkeley

Email: siddiq@berkeley.edu