My project provides a substantive, interdisciplinary ecocritical perspective on different forms of human and environmental violence and insecurities. I pursue this objective through a selection of contemporary and modern Arabic novels that reveal and connect different dimensions of real aspects of gendered, ecological, and political-religious violence. My project argues that the destruction of the environment in Arabic literature parallels and intersects with the violation of women’s bodies that both have marked recent real religious political conflicts in Lebanon, Iraq, Algeria and Egypt. My project asks: (1) what is the systematic, interdependence between gendered and ecological violence and how does this interdependence advance ecocritical understandings of religious-political conflicts as reflected in Arabic literature? (2) How does the breadth of human and environmental violence and insecurities within various Arabic contexts develop ecocritical perspectives on Arabic literature and culture? (3) What are the underlying characteristics and additions of Arabic ecocriticism?
Jihan Zakarriya is assistant professor who teaches and works on English and Arabic literature and culture. She completed a PhD in English literature at Cardiff University where she compares South African and Palestinian resistance literature from a postcolonial, contrapuntal perspective. In her postdoctoral research, Jihan explores ecocritical theory and literature, with a specific focus on interconnections between environmental, political and gender violence in Arabic literature and culture.