Why Arab Hyphen? The word for art in Arabic is fen —  and that’s also the latter part of the word “hyphen.” This blog is about Arab art, diaspora, identity and culture, and the title was my idea of a terrible pun.


My name is Tasnim Qutait and I am a writer, translator and academic, currently teaching literature at the Department of English at Uppsala University.

My first book, Nostalgia in Anglophone Arab Literature: Nationalism, Identity and Diaspora (2021), offers an in-depth engagement with the growing body of Anglophone Arab fiction in the context of theoretical debates around memory and identity.

My current research interests are at the intersections of security, decolonial thought and pedagogy. I am currently completing a second monograph based on my postdoctoral research, with the title “Decolonising Security: Writing from the Arab Diaspora.” This project is supported by the International Postdoctoral Grant from the Swedish Research Council.


Academia page 

For comments or questions, contact me at: tqutait@gmail.com

7 thoughts on “About

  1. Hello,

    I couldn’t find another way to message you, so I’ll try this. I’m writing a paper on Jabra’s In Search of Walid Masoud at the moment, and found your post very interesting. I was wondering how you got access to the Johnson essay in Recognition: The Poetics of Narrative.. I’d like to read it and possibly use it in my paper.



  2. Hi,
    Your blog is very impressive. I represent The [CREATIV] Movement in the Middle East. We are searching the world for talented [CREATIVS] to be a part of this worldwide movement and I’m so fortunate to find your blog.

    Through the [CREATIV] platform, Arab artist will be able to showcase their artwork globally and mingle with artists from all over the world. CREATIV offers excellent features including:

    * You can customize your CREATIV profile to include your photos, videos, audios and text (blog) all on one page. You can easily link your published artwork on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and Flickr in a matter of seconds to showcase it your CREATIV profile.
    * Creative offers 2 types of accounts: CREATIV and Explorer. The explorer account is for people searching for talent which gives artists more worldwide exposure opportunities.
    * You can mingle with other like-minded artists in different ways “embrace”, “inspire” and “comment”. In the near future, CREATIV platform will add the “Opportunity” feature to organize collaborative projects between artists worldwide.

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    Please help us spread the word about the The [CREATIV] Movement by sharing it with your fellow [CREATIVS]. When you register, please send me your CREATIV profile link so we can interact through the site and magnify the exposure for Arabic artists.

    I truly appreciate your creativity and I look forward to hearing back from you!

    Heba Hosny,
    The [CREATIV] Movement


  3. Hi,

    We’re currently promoting an opportunity that will interest your network of artists.

    Edge of Arabia, has announced an open call for Middle East and North Africa based artists or artist collectives to participate in a residency in Brooklyn, New York at ISCP. Between March 1 and August 31, 2015 two residencies will be awarded, each three to six months long.

    For more details, and to apply visit: http://blog.zealous.co/blog/opportunities/opportunities-february-2015-2/#edgeofarabia

    We would be grateful if you could share this with your artists. Do contact me with any questions.

    Kind regards,


  4. Hello ,
    I was trying to find arab bloggers and i fount yours ! It is pretty amazing to be honest , the design also is great , i recently started a blog and i was searching for help to find arab audience , i am syrian and i write short stories in both arabic and english , please check my blog out ❤️❤️


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