Dr. Mahmoud Al-Zayed

associated project member


Mahmoud Al-Zayed is a literary scholar. He is a visiting research fellow at the Institute for Islamic Studies, and a affiliated postdoctoral researcher at Berlin Graduate School, Freie Universität Berlin. He is also a research affiliate to the Afro-Asian Futures Past Research Program, at the American University of Beirut. Before joining FU, he was a research associate at Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, India, where he recieved his PhD. His research broadly focuses on philosophies of liberation and their literary and cinematic mediations with interest in theorising from the Global South.

Research Interests

Litrary Studies; Comparative Literature; Middle East & North Africa (MENA); South Asia; knowledge production; Theory from the Global South

More About Their Research

Selected Publications

  • Al-Zayed, Mahmoud. 2021 Forthcoming. S. H. Alatas and the Quest for Epistemic Freedom. Idafat: The Arab Journal of Sociology. 
  • Al-Zayed, Mahmoud. 2016. Matigari: A Call to Speak Truth to Power. In Gnosis, An International Refereed Journal of English Language and Literature, Special Issue -1: 53-64.

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