Mohammad Salama teaches courses on Arabic literature and culture and is director of the Arabic Program at San Francisco State University. He received his doctorate in Comparative Literature from the University of Wisconsin- Madison, with a minor in film (2005). He also holds an M.A. in English Literature from the ‘Ayn Shams University- Egypt. His main areas of research are intellectual history and theories of Modernity, with an emphasis on comparative literary, social and cultural trends in colonial and post-colonial Europe and the Middle East. Salama’s scholarly interests include classical Arabic, classical and modern Arabic literature, Arab cultural identity, Arab visual culture, colonial and post-colonial thought.
Salama has published numerous articles on comparative literature and modern Arabic literature and film in various journals, including Critical Sense, the Journal of Arabic Literature, Pacific Coast Philology, as well as the Journal of Middle Eastern and North African Cultural and Intellectual Studies. Salama is the co-editor of German Colonialism: Race, the Holocaust, and Post-War Germany published by Columbia University Press in 2011. He authored Islam, Orientalism, and Intellectual History: Modernity and the Politics of Exclusion since Ibn Khaldun ( London: I.B. Tauris, 2011). He also published The Qur'an and Modern Arabic Literary Criticism from Taha to Nasr (London: Bloomsbury, 2018) and Islam and the Culture of Modern Egypt: From the Monarchy to the Republic (London: Cambridge University Press, 2018).