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R. Kevin Lacey

Associate Professor
Director, Arabic and Near Eastern Studies Program

Contact Information | Recent Publications | Current Projects | Other Activities | Courses Taught | Education

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Office:   LT 1108


  • PhD, Harvard University, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
  • MA, Harvard University, Middle Eastern Studies
  • Certificate in Arabic Studies, The American University in Cairo
  • BA, Government, Cornell University

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  • Writing Tangier (Peter Lang, 2009), co-edited with Ralph Coury.
  • Journal for Middle Eastern and North African Intellectual and Cultural Studies (8 vols., 2002-2006), co-edited with Ralph Coury.
  • The Arab-African and Islamic Worlds: Interdisciplinary Studies (Peter Lang, 2000), co-edited with Ralph M. Coury.
  • Mirrors on the Maghrib: Critical Reflections on Paul and Jane Bowles and Other American Writers in Morocco (Caravan Press, 1996), co-edited with Francis Poole.
  • "Western Movie Images of Arab-African North Africa: The Sheltering Sky and the Question of Orientalism."
  • "Paul and Jane Bowles, the Beats, and North Africa: Aesthetic Creativity through Cultural Alienation."
  • Days, Tangier Journal 1987-1989: The Text, The Context, and Closing the Circle on Paul Bowles's Impressions of Tangier."
  • "An 11th Century Muslim’s Syncretistic Perspective of Cosmology: Abu al-‘Ala al-Ma‘arri's Philosophical-Poetic Reflections in Luzum Ma La Yalzam on the Make-up and Dynamic of the Universe."

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Current Projects

  • Man and Society in The Necessities of Abu al-‘Ala al-Ma‘arri (book).

Other Activities

  • SUNY Binghamton Morocco Program (Director)
  • SUNY Press manuscript reader; Peter Lang Publishing, Inc. manuscript reader
  • NEH project evaluator
  • State Dept. CLS (Critical Languages Scholarship) evaluator

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Courses Taught

  • Arabic
  • Arabic literature
  • Arabic Literature in Translation
  • Contemporary North African Arabic Literature
  • Literary Classics of the Islamic World
  • Western Media Representations of Arabs and Muslims
  • Introduction to Islam
  • Introduction to Islamic Thought

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Last Updated: 8/26/16