Essays (mainstream press)

“Al-Hallaj, the Martyred Sufi Mystic” | Lapham’s Quarterly, July 2022

Tales of Two Jackals” (on Kalila and Dimna) | Aeon Magazine, 11 March 2022

Humphrey Davies (1947-2021), a Life in Translation” | New Lines Magazine,
7 December 2021

Will Denis Villeneuve’s Dune Live Up to Frank Herbert’s Novel?” |
Prospect Magazine UK, 11 October 2021

Women Warriors of the Early Muslim World” | New Lines Magazine, 25 August 2021

Wounded Privacies: The Writings of Jokha Alharthi” | Sada Magazine
(Carnegie Endowment for International Peace), 24 August 2021

مجلة سرد أدبي الإلكترونية، 30 يونيو 2021 | “في البدء كانت … البداية
(“In the Beginning was … the Beginning”, essay in Arabic, 30 June 2021)

The Seven Hanging Odes of Mecca” | New Lines Magazine, 28 May 2021

What a Free-thinking Medieval Muslim Can Teach us about Animal Welfare” |
Prospect Magazine UK, 13 April 2021

Introducing The Mu’allaqat for Millennials” | ArabLit.org, 19 November 2020

The Tigers are Loose” | ArabLit Quarterly 2, no. 4 (Fall 2020)

The Crime of Translation” | ArabLit Quarterly 2, no. 3 (Summer 2020)

Lost in Translation: Classical Arabic Literature” | The Millions, 26 November 2019

In Love and Word Ensnared” | ArabLit.org, 19 November 2019

Rushdie’s Deal with the Devil” | LA Review of Books, 30 January 2019
***Featured in The Banned Books Reader, an anthology of essays from The Los
Angeles Review of Books in honor of Banned Books Week 2020

The Benefits of a Foreign-Language Tattoo” | The Atlantic, 9 December 2018

All Men by Nature Desire to Know” | Bridges (BYU Alumni Magazine), Spring 2018