Fouad Mami

Fouad Mami
University Ahmed Draia - Adrar | Adrar · Département d’anglais

Professor of Contemporary African Literatures
I teach African Literatures and Literary Theory.

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Introduction
Fouad Mami currently works at the Department of English, University of Ahmed Draia - Adrar. Fouad Mami is a literary scholar with a rank of Professor of English. His research interests are immigration and diaspora literatures.
Additional affiliations
July 2018 - August 2020
University Ahmed Draia - Adrar
Position
  • Professor
Description
  • Ensuring Classes: Licence and Master's; Supervising MA dissertations; Chef de domaine
February 2013 - June 2014
Abou Bakr Belkaid University of Tlemcen
Position
  • Professor
Description
  • I ensured classes for American Literature Seminar for a Magister class
February 2013 - June 2014
Université Amar Telidji Laghouat
Position
  • Professor
Description
  • I ensured African Literature Seminars for two Magister Classes 2013 and 2014
Education
October 2002 - November 2010
Algiers University
Field of study
  • Magister + Doctorat

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A photo taken Aug 2, 2018, shows destroyed buildings in the southern Syrian city of Daraa (photo courtesy Mohamad Abazeed). Sav ages by Abdullah Chahin-writ ten in Arabic and published by a major press in Lebanon last April-is premised on the conviction that he has cracked open the Syrian quagmire. Syrian scholar and activist, Yassin Haj-Saleh, aut...
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is a political scientist who teaches at Princeton. His latest contribution titled The Revolutionary City surveys revolutions from 1904 to 2014. He finds that within this period, revolutions have started in the middle of the nineteenth century in cities. Think of 1848 waves against several European monarchies, and perhaps the most famous of all-the...
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Can one emancipate with a structure that is largely non-emancipatory? And what is the exact role of the Muslim Brotherhood in the context of the massive insurrections known as the Arab Spring? Several observers underline a situation where the revolution has been present, whereas the revolutionaries have been largely missing (Bayet 2017, Traboulsi 2...
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Gabriele Proglio, Camilla Hawthorne, et al. (2021). The Black Mediterranean: Bodies, Borders and Citizenship. Palgrave (MacMillan: Cham, Switzerland). The Black Mediterranean owes its inception, not just its inspiration, to Paul Gilroy's 1990 volume, The Black Atlantic, whereby the trope of the Middle Passage grapples with constructing a countercul...
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What if the basic emotions of colonised/decolonised subjects, including rage, jealousy, or ecstasy are not only misleading or inauthentic but fundamentally set against their liberating objectives? And what if these affective modalities, nursed during the anticolonial nationalist struggle and saturated with bourgeois tastes, explain the postcolonial...
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To cite this article: Fouad Mami (2022): Al-Fadih wa Tamthiluhu: Mudawalet fi shakli souriyah al-mukharab wa tashakuliha al-assir (The atrocious and its representation: deliberations on Syria's destroyed form and its laborious formation), Critical Studies on Terrorism,
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How did Africa fall into the snares of the Atlantic slave trade? It is not that orthodox accounts suggest that slavery started one morning on January 1 in some distant and untraceable past, but they rarely trace the deep causes or brush them in favor of a simplistic narrative that frames abolitionism in terms of a gift from well-meaning Europeans....
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Erin Louis' latest book Expose Yourself: How to Take Risks, Question Everything, and Find Yourself claims the facilitation of youth empowerment by encouraging a confrontational stance vis-à-vis society and its pillars. In targeting the past (religion), it overlooks the sources of the ill of modern society which are largely attributed to the false o...
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A review of a book on French naval power from 1940 to 1963, a critical period in understanding why and how France had decided to join the nuclear club.... https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/06/01/the-chimeras-of-french-naval-power/?fbclid=IwAR3FbHxrNXWRd6HMkW9D2IknoDoKJrXqI4_vPFWJOrQUnppCZcP05U6YGcA
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Can one emancipate with a structure that is largely nonemancipatory? And what is the exact role of the Muslim Brotherhood in the context of the massive insurrections known as the Arab Spring? Several observers note that with the Arab Spring, the revolution has been present whereas the revolutionaries have been largely missing. 1 Others note that bo...
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Christianity An Anthropology of Marxism reads more generally as anthropology of radicalism, or better still, of Socialism. Robinson argues that Marxism is too Eurocentric and as such reductive of the uninterrupted universal struggle for communism, communes and forms of communion. That is why he digs into the genesis of Marxism, saving socialism fro...
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What if decolonized populations’ basic emotions, such as rage, jealousy,or ecstasy, are effusive of bourgeois tastes? Colonialism—Neetu argues—has impactedthese populations’capacity for sensing and experiencing life as generic human beings. And what if these far-from healthy affective modalities, set in motion during the anticolonial nationalist st...
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Can a movement reverse anything, least of all, dictatorships without understanding exactly how they intrinsically operate?
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This is a book review that addresses the lingering effects of colonial trauma in the present Algerian reality.
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Fouad Mami is a literature scholar from the department of English, University of Adrar (Algeria). …  More Reviewed by Fouad Mami The central argument in Phil Mullan's Beyond Confrontation specifies that protectionists (nationalists) and globalists (free traders) are equally leading the world to wall, and unless these elites find a third way to med...
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This is a book review of Alex Lubin's Never-Ending War on Terror (2021)
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Bloomsbury Academic: London and New York, 2021. 280 pp., $29.95 pb ISBN 9781350201415 About the reviewer Fouad Mami is a literature scholar from the department of English, University of Adrar (Algeria). …  More Reviewed by Fouad Mami Ever wonder how to domesticate an explosive theory while pretending you are refining it? McKenna's The War Against...
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Zer0 Books, Hampshire, 2020, 272 pp., $27.95 pb ISBN 9781789043570 About the reviewer Fouad Mami is a literature scholar from the department of English, University of Adrar (Algeria). …  More Reviewed by Fouad Mami We live in highly counterrevolutionary times. The crushing of the hirak (popular uprising) in Algeria (2019-2021) and the late coup in...
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Review of Kraut, Florence Reiss. How to Make a Life: A Novel. N.P.: She Writes Press, 2020.
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This is a novel review, a novel I love to reread in heaven.
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Revolution without revolutionaries: making sense of the Arab spring, by Bayat, Asef, Stanford University Press, 2017, 312 pp., $24.95 (Paperback), ISBN 9781503602588 � Ever wondered how the initial euphoria of the Arab uprisings has turned into a stifling despair? Asef Bayat's riveting account, even to the general reader, outlines how pseudo-revolu...
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...they slowly learn to make love because they engage in the revolution. And they engage in the revolution because they make love. The fusion of their two bodies is never an arithmetic addition of one plus one equals two. Instead, it is an addition that taps into the infinite because it breaks all enclosures and all alienations, opening the way for...
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Borrowing the concepts of "pornotroping" and "vestibular" from African American literary criticism, i argue that the Moroccan writer Laila Lalami has set her female characters as passive reversers of both orientalizing demotions and misogynistic practices. in registering their objectification as "flesh-only," that is through mapping the vestibular,...
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Neil MacMaster's War in the Mountains shifts from his previous preoccupations over labor and immigration and seeks instead the mapping of a radical role for the peasantry in the Algerian War of Independence (1954-1962). Indeed, this veteran Algerianist breaks away with orthodox narratives that credit the peasants with inert roles, assuming them vas...
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Drawing on an unorthodox approach to desire, Belkacem Meghzouchene’s second novel, The overcoat of Virginia (2013), finds that opposition activists are probably more frustrating than the regime they contest. Specifying ‘a lack-based’ desire, the trope of sodomy in the novel articulates the ways in which the Algerian postcolonial ruling elites alleg...
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With the French colonisation of Algeria in 1830, women’s dance in the Ouled Naïl region came to be confused with what in the West is called ‘belly dancing’. Postcolonial nationalism continues to build on the fetishisation of the art form and condemns it as a perpetuation of the master–slave narrative. During the colonial period, the dance came to i...
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The common denominator for the eighteen chapters making The Politics of Algeria is their attempt to explain how an allegedly pathetic and docile populations erupted in February 22, 2019 and toppled President Bouteflika, evaporating his plans for a fifth mandate. Everyone, it seems, was taken by surprise, including the multitudes that paraded the st...
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Rajeshwari S. Vallury. Metaphors of Invention and Dissension: Aesthetics and Politics in the Postcolonial Algerian Novel. London: Rowman & Littlefield, 2017. Bibliography. Index. $126.00. Cloth. ISBN: 9781786603166.
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The instance postcolonialism becomes hinged on liberalism, the liberating promise which postcolonialism propels considerably shrinks. This essay explains that in predicating the liberal ideology as a tool for self-determination, a crippling standstill awaits a given cause. The Palestinian question as recently imagined by the American Palestinian no...
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Research on illegal immigration rarely checks the postmodernist propulsions that hinge on postcolonial subjects and their choices. In the following essay on Laila Lalami’s last piece, titled: ‘The Storyteller’ in Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits (2005), an argument is specified through the Moroccan-American author carefully tracing Murad’s rise fr...
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This text presupposes that in many cases plagiarism results from poor training and a confused perception of what is involved in research. The textbook is addressed to non-native English-speaking students and their instructors, principally those seeking degrees in literature. Through a close examination of what initially seems to be the self-evident...
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Targeting the significant reduction of plagiarism, the present textbook presupposes that in many cases plagiarism results from poor training and a confused perception of what is involved in academic research and university pursuits. The textbook is addressed to non-native English-speaking students, principally those seeking degrees in literature; a...
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Yoruba exceptionalism, in terms of culture, is a well-known phenomenon. It has defined the historical development of the group since ancient times. This is, however, under severe pressure as the intersections of culture, market and globalization have redirected the meaning of being a Yoruba in different directions. The cultural citizenship of the a...
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of this couple, Guernica of femininity, crucified. The man holds her in his arms, his face buried in her stomach, gaze distant. As though he wished to give her his life, find her womb, turn back time with his bare hands, to childhood so that she comes back to life, so that he can be pardoned for not protecting her. She is standing up, carried more...
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It is like a dog inside my head: it barks, and I write. Except it's not so simple. It seems to me that I'm the one at the end of the leash; it walks me, sometimes for half an hour per day, lets me prance through its universe and then leads me toward my blind spot-my everyday life. Let me explain: it's a giant dog made up of stars in a dark night th...
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Carefully read each statement and draw a cross next to the precise answer from the five choices below. Only one answer is precise. Register here the word 'precise'. Often, though not always, you are not offered the choice to choose between right and wrong answers. There is one wrong answer, yes. But when carefully considered the four remaining (ava...
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Often Master students are at a loss regarding how to engage with their dissertation projects. The document facilitates the task by galvanizing their focus on filling in foundational elements of research. Filling in the documents has the advantage of clarifying expectations and easing the daunting prospects of carrying the research towards a success...
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For Ali Eteraz, contemporary Muslim subjectivity is imprisoned inside centuries of indoctrination that make Muslims ill-prepared to face the challenges put forward by 9/11. Similarly, mainstream American identity feeds on supremacism that escalates cultural tension instead of easing it; triumphalism and expansionism antagonize not a small number of...
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Commonsense discussions about illegal immigration in the Maghreb point the finger in the direction of authorities on both sides of the Mediterranean. The EU is reproached for closing its borders and North African governments for exploiting the problem by diverting attention elsewhere and downplaying its gravity. The Moroccan writer, Laila Lalami, t...

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Such a class war that becomes apparent in the way journal editors desk-reject and sometimes even ignore certain submissions.
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No conspiracy theories, please. Nearly a year and half since, it is time to evaluate the spectacular demonstrations that deposed President Bouteflika and saw his cronies behind bars. What do you think?

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The Arab world is culturally stumbling. The current conflict in Syria is but one testimony on how the misuse of memory contributes to this stumbling. Other instances include autocratic governments such as Algeria’s, who in response to perceived threats from the Arab Spring bribed the population in order to quell aspirations for democratic and civil society, as the second epilogue above evokes. In its ideal presupposition of the world, Islamism gives birth to what Fethi Benslama calls ‘le surmusulman’: the one who overbids in his imaginary defense for the faith, nursing a pathological variety of Muslimhood characterized by its regressive approach to time. Le surmusulman cancels life and idealizes death for the sake of redressing a certain ‘injured Muslim ideality’ (2014, 2016). In the proposed project, I study this sick approach to time by underscoring how the pathology is not new or contingent with terrorism, as Benslama claims. In line with what Fatima Mernissi highlights in the first epilogue above, Muslims’ mythical timeframe is as old as the practice of the faith has been. I instead focus on how three contemporary Arab women writers attempt to outsmart this sick infatuation with the presupposed Muslim glory and golden age. The genesis behind the apparently endemic propensity for dictatorship and absolutism is traceable to the heavy societal load of cultural memory. Theoretically, once Arab and Muslim societies are enabled to embrace empty time, to magically decide to read history with eyes focused on the present instead of the past, a de jur democratic subjectivity emerges by itself. In their stories, the fiction writers whose texts I explore provide multiple formulas for their ‘anti-Bin Laden’ heroes and heroines to also emerge. Focusing on characters that entertain a healthy approach to time in the works of the Egyptian, Moroccan, and Anglo-Sudanese women novelists Ahdaf Soueif (1950–), Laila Lalami (1968–), and Leila Aboulela (1964–), respectively, I consider the cultural elements leading to the institution of the totalitarian concept of Le surmusulman. This last, remains one major challenge facing what would otherwise be the successful rebooting of Muslim subjectivity, enmeshed in myth and time-honored tradition. In doing so, this project will not only contribute to a succinct understanding of the reasons behind Muslims’ abstaining from Modernity (often translated into an unacknowledged animosity vis-à-vis democracy), but also presents a meticulous consideration of viable pathways to constructively engage with Modernity.