Dr Atef Alshaer

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I first came to London after completing my Bachelor degree in English Language and Literature at the University of Birzeit in Palestine. Then I obtained my masters and PhD from the faculty of Languages and Cultures at SOAS, University of London. I have been teaching there since 2009. 

I have several research papers and monographs, including a forthcoming book on Poetry and Politics in the Modern Arab World. 

I am interested in discourse analysis, literature, postcolonial studies, and the politics of the Arab world, and have published several papers and reviews in these fields.

I have taught several courses at a number of universities in the UK. My teaching at Westminster has ranged between Arabic literature, Middle Eastern politics and Arabic language courses. This is congruent with my teaching and research interests as I understand scholarship in Humanities to be interdisciplinary and open to methods and insights from various disciplines.

My research interests include language, politics and literature of the Arab world in particular. In Arabic culture, political discourses tend to draw on rich political and literary traditions which are used by various groups in different ways. I have researched, alongside other scholars, a number of interrelated themes, including nationalist and Islamist discourses and their interrelations in Palestine, political poetry, avant-garde classical and modern Arabic poetry, the politics and culture of movements such as the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas, and the Lebanese movement Hizbullah; language and national identity in the Palestinian territories and postcolonial ideas and their relevance to Palestinian conditions and Arab narratives in general. 

I am a member of a number of research centres and institutes, including the Palestine Studies Centre and The Middle East Institute in London at SOAS.

2019

Love and poetry in Middle Eastern literatures (2019)
Alshaer, A. 2019. Love and poetry in Middle Eastern literatures. London C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd.

2018

Language and national identity in Palestine: representation of power and resistance in Gaza (2018)
Alshaer, A. 2018. Language and national identity in Palestine: representation of power and resistance in Gaza. London I.B. Tauris.

2016

Poetry and Politics in the Modern Arab World (2016)
Alshaer, A. 2016. Poetry and Politics in the Modern Arab World. London C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd.

2014

The Hizbullah phenomenon: politics and communication (2014)
Alshaer, A., Khatib, L. and Matar, D. 2014. The Hizbullah phenomenon: politics and communication. London C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd.

2018

Reflections on Time in Arabic Poetry (2018)
Alshaer, A. 2018. Reflections on Time in Arabic Poetry . in: Khalil, J. and Sabry, T. (ed.) Culture, Time and Publics in the Arab World: Media, Public Space and Temporality I.B. Tauris.

2017

Representation of Language in Arab Media for Children (2017)
Alshaer, A. 2017. Representation of Language in Arab Media for Children. in: Sakr, N. and Steemers, J. (ed.) Children's TV and Digital Media in the Arab World London I.B. Tauris. pp. 182-201

2016

A journey in progress (2016)
Alshaer, A. 2016. A journey in progress. in: Suleiman, Y. (ed.) Being Palestinian: personal reflections on Palestinian identity in the Diaspora Edinburgh, Scotland Edinburgh University Press.
In the company of Frantz Fanon: the Israeli wars and the national culture of Gaza (2016)
Alshaer, A. 2016. In the company of Frantz Fanon: the Israeli wars and the national culture of Gaza. in: Matar, D. and Tawil-Souri, H. (ed.) Gaza as a metaphor London C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd.

2015

Discourse of Hamas and Hizbullah (2015)
Alshaer, A. 2015. Discourse of Hamas and Hizbullah. in: Gleave, R. and Kristo-Nagy, I. (ed.) Violence in Islamic thought from the Qurʾan to the Mongols Edinburgh Edinburgh University Press.

2014

Poetry in the Arab Spring: a historical perspective (2014)
Alshaer, A. 2014. Poetry in the Arab Spring: a historical perspective. in: Sadiki, L. (ed.) Routledge Handbook of the Arab Spring: rethinking democratization London Routledge. pp. 392-408

2013

Humanism, nationalism and violence in Mahmoud Darwish’s poetry (2013)
Alshaer, A. 2013. Humanism, nationalism and violence in Mahmoud Darwish’s poetry. in: Kennedy, H. (ed.) Warfare and poetry in the Middle East London I.B. Tauris. pp. 257-283
Islam in the narrative of Fatah and Hamas (2013)
Alshaer, A. 2013. Islam in the narrative of Fatah and Hamas. in: Matar, D. and Harb, Z. (ed.) Narrating conflict in the Middle East: discourse, image and communications practices in Lebanon and Palestine London I.B. Tauris. pp. 111-133

2012

Hamas broadcasting: Al-Aqsa channel in Gaza (2012)
Alshaer, A. 2012. Hamas broadcasting: Al-Aqsa channel in Gaza. in: Hroub, K. (ed.) Religious broadcasting in the Middle East London C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd. pp. 237-261
Hebrew elements in Palestinian Arabic political discourse (2012)
Alshaer, A. 2012. Hebrew elements in Palestinian Arabic political discourse. in: Khan, G. (ed.) Encyclopedia of Hebrew language and linguistics Boston, US Brill. pp. 7-11

2011

Language as culture: the question of Arabic (2011)
Alshaer, A. 2011. Language as culture: the question of Arabic. in: Sabry, T. (ed.) Arab cultural studies: mapping the field London I.B. Tauris. pp. 275-297

2016

Wahhabi Empire (2016)
Alshaer, A. 2016. Wahhabi Empire. Wiley.

2015

Classical Arab poets (2015)
Alshaer, A. 2015. Classical Arab poets. I.B. Tauris.
The imperative of Palestinian Liberation (2015)
Alshaer, A. 2015. The imperative of Palestinian Liberation. The Palestine Chronicle.
Lebanon’s Hizbullah (2015)
Alshaer, A. 2015. Lebanon’s Hizbullah. E-International Relations (E-IR).

2014

Adonis (2014)
Alshaer, A. 2014. Adonis. The Literary Dictionary Company Limited.
The Palestinian narrative of reconciliation (2014)
Alshaer, A. 2014. The Palestinian narrative of reconciliation. E-International Relations (E-IR).

2013

Syria: the weeping child of our conscience (2013)
Alshaer, A. 2013. Syria: the weeping child of our conscience. E-International Relations (E-IR).
Egypt: retreat from democracy (2013)
Alshaer, A. 2013. Egypt: retreat from democracy. E-International Relations (E-IR).

2013

The portrayal of an enemy: violence in the thought of two leaders from the movements of Hizbullah and Hamas, Naim al-Qasim and Mushir al-Masri (2013)
Alshaer, A. 2013. The portrayal of an enemy: violence in the thought of two leaders from the movements of Hizbullah and Hamas, Naim al-Qasim and Mushir al-Masri. The Fourth LIVIT Conference: Legitimate and Illegitimate Violence in Modern Islamic Thought. Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter, Exeter 03 Sep 2013

2012

The poetry of Hizbullah (2012)
Alshaer, A. 2012. The poetry of Hizbullah. BRISMES Annual Conference: Revolution and Revolt: Understanding the Forms and Causes of Change. Middle East Centre, London School of Economics, London Mar 2012
The prison of politics: Palestine beyond Fatah and Hamas (2012)
Alshaer, A. 2012. The prison of politics: Palestine beyond Fatah and Hamas. The future of Hamas or the Hamas future. Chr. Michelsen Institute in Bergen, Norway 07 Sep 2012

2013

Review of 'Sketches of Spain, with illustrations by Julian Bell' by Federico Garcia Lorca (2013)
Alshaer, A. 2013. Review of 'Sketches of Spain, with illustrations by Julian Bell' by Federico Garcia Lorca. LatinoLife.
Review of 'The power and the people: paths of resistance in the Middle East' by Charles Tripp (2013)
Alshaer, A. 2013. Review of 'The power and the people: paths of resistance in the Middle East' by Charles Tripp. The Middle East in London Magazine. 10 (1), p. 24.

2012

Review of 'The Cambridge introduction to Edward Said', by Conor McCarthy and 'Edward Said: A legacy of emancipation and representation', by Adel Iskandar and Hakem Rustom (2012)
Alshaer, A. 2012. Review of 'The Cambridge introduction to Edward Said', by Conor McCarthy and 'Edward Said: A legacy of emancipation and representation', by Adel Iskandar and Hakem Rustom. Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication. 5 (2), pp. 250-254.

2011

Review of 'What it means to be Palestinian: stories of Palestinian peoplehood' by Dina Matar (2011)
Alshaer, A. 2011. Review of 'What it means to be Palestinian: stories of Palestinian peoplehood' by Dina Matar. Jerusalem Quarterly. 46, pp. 71-74.
Review of 'The rise and fall of a Palestinian Dynasty: the Husaynis 1700-1948', by Ilan Pappe (2011)
Alshaer, A. 2011. Review of 'The rise and fall of a Palestinian Dynasty: the Husaynis 1700-1948', by Ilan Pappe. The Middle East in London Magazine. 7 (7), p. 27.
Review of 'Tablet and pen: literary landscapes from the modern Middle East', by Reza Aslan (2011)
Alshaer, A. 2011. Review of 'Tablet and pen: literary landscapes from the modern Middle East', by Reza Aslan. The Middle East in London Magazine. 7 (9), p. 18.
Identity in Mahmoud Darwish's poem 'The dice player' (2011)
Alshaer, A. 2011. Identity in Mahmoud Darwish's poem 'The dice player'. The Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication. 4 (1), pp. 90-110.

2010

Review of 'From coexistence to conquest: international law and the origins of the Israeli Arab Conflict, 1891-1949', by Victor Kattan (2010)
Alshaer, A. 2010. Review of 'From coexistence to conquest: international law and the origins of the Israeli Arab Conflict, 1891-1949', by Victor Kattan. Al-Quds and Al-Hayat Newspapers.

2009

Review of 'The strings of the lute' by Eileen Colucci (2009)
Alshaer, A. 2009. Review of 'The strings of the lute' by Eileen Colucci. Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication. 2 (1), pp. 176-178.
Review of 'Embers and ashes: memories of an Arab intellectual', by Hisham Sharabi (2009)
Alshaer, A. 2009. Review of 'Embers and ashes: memories of an Arab intellectual', by Hisham Sharabi. The Electronic Intifada.
Gaza in suspension: review of 'Governing Gaza: bureaucracy, authority, and the work of rule, 1917–1967, by Ilana Feldman' (2009)
Alshaer, A. 2009. Gaza in suspension: review of 'Governing Gaza: bureaucracy, authority, and the work of rule, 1917–1967, by Ilana Feldman'. H-Levant, H-Net Reviews.
The poetry of Hamas (2009)
Alshaer, A. 2009. The poetry of Hamas. The Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication. 2 (2), pp. 214-230.

2008

Review of 'A novel: The year of the revolutionary: the bread making machine', by Hassan Daoud (2008)
Alshaer, A. 2008. Review of 'A novel: The year of the revolutionary: the bread making machine', by Hassan Daoud. The Middle East in London Magazine. 4 (7).
Review of 'Heroes and martyrs of Palestine: the politics of national commemoration', by Laleh Khalil'i (2008)
Alshaer, A. 2008. Review of 'Heroes and martyrs of Palestine: the politics of national commemoration', by Laleh Khalil'i. Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism. 8 (1), pp. 183-185.
Review of 'What did we do to deserve this? Palestinian life under occupation in the West Bank', by Mark Howell (2008)
Alshaer, A. 2008. Review of 'What did we do to deserve this? Palestinian life under occupation in the West Bank', by Mark Howell. The London Magazine.
Review of 'The last resistance', by Jacqueline Rose (2008)
Alshaer, A. 2008. Review of 'The last resistance', by Jacqueline Rose. Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism.
Review of two poetry collections: 'Flawed landscape', by Sharif S. Elmus: 'Poets for Palestine', by Remi Kanazi (ed.) (2008)
Alshaer, A. 2008. Review of two poetry collections: 'Flawed landscape', by Sharif S. Elmus: 'Poets for Palestine', by Remi Kanazi (ed.) . The Electronic Intifada.
Review of 'A country of words: a Palestinian journey from the refugee camp to the front page', by Abdel Bari Atwan (2008)
Alshaer, A. 2008. Review of 'A country of words: a Palestinian journey from the refugee camp to the front page', by Abdel Bari Atwan. The Electronic Intifada.
Towards a theory of culture of communication: the fixed and the dynamics in Hamas’ communicated discourse (2008)
Alshaer, A. 2008. Towards a theory of culture of communication: the fixed and the dynamics in Hamas’ communicated discourse. The Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication. 1 (2), pp. 101-121.

2007

Review of 'A threat from within: a century of Jewish opposition to Zionism', by Yakov Rabkin (2007)
Alshaer, A. 2007. Review of 'A threat from within: a century of Jewish opposition to Zionism', by Yakov Rabkin. The Middle East in London Magazine.
Review of 'Failing peace: Gaza and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict', by Sara Roy (2007)
Alshaer, A. 2007. Review of 'Failing peace: Gaza and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict', by Sara Roy. The Middle East in London Magazine.

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