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Tarek Shamma

Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Translation Research and Instruction Program, Undergraduate Director Comp Lit

Comparative Literature


Tarek Shamma, Associate Professor at Comparative Literature Department and Translation Research Instruction Program, holds an MA and PhD in comparative literature from Binghamton University (2006). He received his BA in English Literature from Tishreen University, Latakia, Syria (1995) and a graduate diploma in literary studies from the same university in 1996. He taught at Tishreen University from 1996 to 1998. Prior to joining the Comparative Literature Department and Translation Research and Instruction Program at BU, he taught at Abu Dhabi University (UAE), United Arab Emirates University (UAE), and the Translation and Interpreting Institute at Hamad Bin Khalifa University (Qatar). His research interests include translation and culture, history of translation, Arabic literature and cultural representation.

He is the author of Translation and the Manipulation of Difference: Arabic Literature in Nineteenth-Century England, St. Jerome/Routledge, 2009. His most recent publications include "Aristotle's Poetics in Classical Arabic: 'Misunderstanding' and Creative Transformation." Alif: Journal of Comparative Poetics (2018); "Postcolonialism," in The Routledge Handbook of Translation and Culture, eds Ovidi Carbonell Cortés and Sue-Ann Harding (2018); "The Arabian Nights after Orientalism: Paratextual Sites of Reflection and Dialogue," in Reflexive Translation Studies, eds Şebnem Bahadır & Dilek Dizdar, Amsterdam: John Benjamins (2018); "Women and Slaves: Gender Politics in the Arabian Nights," in Marvels & Tales: Journal of Fairy-Tale Studies 31:2 (2017); (as a guest editor) "Arabic Literature in Translation: Politics and Poetics", a special issue of CLINA: Interdisciplinary Journal of Translation, Interpreting and Intercultural Communication, University of Salamanca, Spain, June (2016).tarek shamma

His current research projects include a history of pre-modern translation in Arabic through an anthology of Arabic discourse on translation, to be published in Arabic and English. The project (started in 2015) is supported by a three-year grant from Qatar National Research Fund, and is led by Tarek Shamma as Lead Primary Investigator, Myriam Salamah-Carr (Manchester University) as Primary Investigator, and Mona Baker (Manchester University) as Consultant.


  • PhD, MA, Binghamton University
  • BA, Tishreen University, Latakia, Syria