Journalism

essays

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

reviews & criticism

Najwan Darwish’s Poems Turn Self-Doubt into Inner Resolve in
Exhausted on the Cross” | Words Without Borders, 13 April 2021

A 13th-Century Guide to Fraud and Skulduggery” | The Spectator, 5 November 2020
***Featured in The New Criterion weekly roundup, 6 November 2020

Surviving Hard Times with al-Hariri” | Public Books, 7 October 2020
***Featured in JSTOR Daily, 13 October 2020

Jinn and Tonic: Medieval Islam’s Celebrity Doctors” | Al-Jumhuriya, 21 August 2020

A Grand Turk in Washington” | The Hedgehog Review, Spring 2020
***Featured in RealClearBooks, 10 April 2020

Full-Bodied” | The Times Literary Supplement, 22 November 2019

A Warrior Poet of Pre-Islamic Arabia” | LA Review of Books, 14 September 2018

Like a Bride: The Qur’an and Arabic Prose” | LA Review of Books, 6 July 2018