Nazry Bahrawi joins the MIT’s Literature department as a visiting scholar from the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD).
His current research explores the trope of the journey in light of myth-making in modern Arab and Malay fiction. As a scholar of comparative literature, Nazry is interested in discourses of world literature, translation studies as well as religion and literature in the Islamicate world and the wider global South. He has published peer-reviewed essays in these areas. Outside the academia, his op-ed commentaries have appeared in Al-Jazeera, The Guardian, Today (Singapore) and the South China Morning Post (Hong Kong).
In Singapore, Nazry holds a joint academic appointment as a research fellow of the Middle East Institute at the National University of Singapore. He is also an associate editor of Critical Muslim (Hurst), a quarterly publication of ideas and issues showcasing ground-breaking thinking on Islam and what it means to be a Muslim in a rapidly-changing, interconnected world.
- “Incest Performed: The Neocolonial Perversion of Translation in Malaysia”. Translation and Global Asia: Relocating Cultural Production Network. Eds. Uganda Sze-pui Kwan and Lawrence Wang-chi Wong. Chinese University of Hong Kong: Hong Kong, China, Dec 2014
- “Hope of a Hopeless World: Eco-teleology in Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake and The Year of the Flood”. Green Letters: Studies in Ecocriticism. Taylor and Francis Journals, Dec 2013
- “Fictionalising the Utopian Impulse as Postsecular Islam: An East-West Odyssey”, Literature and Theology. Oxford Journals, Sep 2011
Peer-Reviewed Edited Volume
- Assistant Editor. Reading the Abrahamic Faiths: Rethinking Religion and Literature. Ed. Emma Mason. London: Bloomsbury, Dec 2014
- “Utopia”. The Encyclopedia of Postcolonial Studies. Eds.: Sangeeta Ray and Henry Schwarz. Wiley-Blackwell: Malden MA, 2016 (forthcoming)
- “Multiculturalism”. The Encyclopedia of Postcolonial Studies. Eds.: Sangeeta Ray and Henry Schwarz. Wiley-Blackwell: Malden MA, 2016 (forthcoming)
- “Not My Bible’s Keeper: Saramago’s Cain Translates Postsecular Dissent”, Reading the Abrahamic Faiths: Rethinking Religion and Literature. Ed. Emma Mason. London: Bloomsbury, Dec 2014