Zentrum für Islamische Theologie

Dr. Claire Gallien

Doctoral Research Fellow and Teaching Associate – ZITh, University of Tübingen

Associate Professor / en cours d'Habilitation – University Montpellier 3, France


Center for Islamic Theology

Silcherstraße 5, 72076 Tübingen

Floor 3, Room 15  

claire.gallienspam prevention@zith.uni-tuebingen.de


Office Hours

by appointment



Main Research

  • Systematic Theology
  • Islamic Epistemology
  • Islamic Intellectual History
  • Islamic Manuscripts and Libraries
  • Early-Modern Orientalism
  • Oriental Manuscript Collection in Early-Modern Europe
  • Postcolonial Literatures and Theory
  • Translation Studies

PhD Dissertation Project

Taqâsim al-‘ulûm Literature in the Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Islamic World. Classification, Friction, and Epistemic Holism in Islam

Short Curriculum Vitae

Research Fellow and Teaching Associate

PhD candidate under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Lejla Demiri, Zentrum für Islamische Theologie (ZITh), Universität Tübingen

Sept.-Dec. 2017
Edward W. Said Fellowship

Columbia University, New York

Research Fellowship

CNRS, THALIM (UMR 7172), Paris

BA Arabic and Islamic Studies

Inalco, Paris

Jan.-Jun. 2015
Visiting Fellowship

Exeter College, Oxford

Since 2011
Associate Professor

English Department, University Montpellier 3 (henceforth UPVM3); Research Fellow of the Institut de Recherche sur l’Age Classique et les Lumières (IRCL/UMR 5186, CNRS)

ATER position (Assistant Lecturer/Postdoctoral position)

English Department, University Paris 7

Free-lance journalist

Jeune Afrique Magazine, North-Africa & Middle-East Sections

Besse Scholarship & French Lectrice

Exeter College, Oxford University

PhD in English Literature

Paris Sorbonne (félicitations du jury à l’unanimité)

AMR position (fixed-term Assistant Lecturer/Doctoral position)

English Department, University Paris 7

MPhil in English Literature

Paris 7 (félicitations du jury à l’unanimité)

French Lectrice

Nottingham University

MA in English Literature

Paris 7

BA in English Studies

Paris Sorbonne

BA in Philosophy

Paris X – Nanterre



From Corpus to Canon: Appropriating and Reconfiguring Eastern Literary Traditions in Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Britain (in preparation for Oxford UP, 2022).

L’Orient anglais. Connaître et imaginer l’Orient dans la littérature anglaise du XVIIIe siècle (Oxford: Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment, 2011).

Edited Volumes

Islam and New Directions in World Literature, co-edited with Sarah R. Bin Tyeer (Edinburgh: Edinburgh UP, 2022).

Eastern Resonances in Early Modern England: Receptions and Transformations from the Renaissance to the Romantic Period, with Ladan Niayesh (New York: Palgrave, 2019).

Special Issues

Eco-poétiques transculturelles, co-edited with the ZoneZadir research collective, Special issue of Littérature 201.1 (March 2021).

Vers un Humanisme Intégral. Repenser l’histoire littéraire à partir de Raymond Schwab, co-edited with Sarga Moussa, Special issue of the Revue de Littérature Comparée (Spring 2020).

Refugee Literature. Special issue of Journal of Postcolonial Writing 54.6 (Dec. 2018).

Anglo-Arab Literature. Special issue of Commonwealth Essays and Studies 39.2 (Spring 2017).

Peer-Reviewed Articles in International Journals

“Pour une approche multiscalaire des lieux dévastés : décharge, île, ligne d’aridité”, co-written with Chloé Chaudet and Lucie Taïeb, in Littérature 201.1 (March 2021).

“Introduction. Pour une écopoétique transculturelle” in Littérature 201.1 (March 2021).

“The Decolonial Turn in the Humanities” in Alif 40: Mapping New Directions in the Humanities (2020).

“Sur la préface d’Edward Said à la traduction anglaise de La Renaissance orientale (1984) de Raymond Schwab : De « l’humanisme intégral » à « l’humanisme démocratique” in Revue de Littérature Comparée 374.2 (Apr-Jun. 2020): 141-148.

“Introduction. Vers un Humanisme Intégral. Repenser l’histoire littéraire à partir de Raymond Schwab”, with Sarga Moussa, in Revue de Littérature Comparée 374.2 (Apr-Jun. 2020): 127-140.

From One Empire to the Next: The Reconfigurations of ‘Indian’ Literatures from Persian to English Translations” in Translation Studies (OnlineFirst 24 Oct. 2019, https://doi.org/10.1080/14781700.2019.1678069).

“Of Seas, Slaves, and Colonies in Robinson Crusoe – Cartography, Strata, and Contrapuntal Reading” in Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe: A Gazetteer. A special issue to mark the 300th anniversary of the publication of Robinson Crusoe. Études anglaises 72.2 (avril-juin 2019): 135-150.

“When Literature Becomes an ‘Enhanced National Security Threat’ – Literary Interventions of the ‘Terrorist’ and ‘Terrorist’ Interventions of Literature” in The Journal of Commonwealth Literature (OnlineFirst 26 Feb. 2019, https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0021989419826366).

“Forcing Displacement: The Postcolonial Interventions of Refugee Literature and Arts” in Refugee Literature. Special issue of Journal of Postcolonial Writing 54.6 (Dec. 2018): 735-750.

“Refugee Literature: What postcolonial theory has to say” in Refugee Literature. Special issue of Journal of Postcolonial Writing 54.6 (Dec. 2018): 721-726.

“Anglo-Arab Literatures – Enmeshing Form, Subverting Assignation, Minorizing Language” to Anglo-Arab Literature. Special issue of Commonwealth Essays and Studies 39.2 (Spring 2017): 5-12.

“Creating the Archive. Of Counter-Memories, Breakable Memories and other Proleptic Moves into the Past in Larissa Sansour’s and Wael Shawky’s Arts” in Postcolonial Interventions II.1 (Jan. 2017), https://postcolonialinterventions.com/archive/.

“Minding (About) the Gazan Border in Contemporary Palestinian Art and Fiction” in Post-conflict territories: representations and reconfigurations, ed. Fiona McCann, special issue of Commonwealth Essays and Studies 38.2 (Spring 2016): 57-68.

 “Eighteenth-Century Orientalism in Contemporary British Historiography and Literary Criticism”, co-written with Olivera Jokic, Literature Compass 12.4 (2015): 121–133.

“Les orientalistes britanniques de la fin du XVIIIe siècle et la création du canon littéraire indien” in Problèmes d’histoire littéraire indienne, eds. Claire Joubert and Laetitia Zecchini, special issue Revue de Littérature Comparée 356 (2015/4): 405-417.

“Edward Pococke et l’orientalisme anglais du XVIIe siècle : passeurs, transferts, et transitions” in Orientalisme, ed. Aurélien Girard, special issue of Revue XVIIe siècle 268 (2015/3): 443-458.

“Edward FitzGerald’s Rubayat” in L’art de la traduction, eds. Julie Sauvage and Adriana Serban, special issue of Essais sur l’art 8 (2015): 65-87.

“Une querelle orientaliste : la réception controversée du Zend Avesta d’Anquetil-Duperron en France et en Angleterre” in Querelles, eds. Jeanne-Marie Hostiou and Alain Viala, special issue of Littératures classiques 82 (2013): 257-268.

“The Politics of Lines in Bruce Chatwin’s and Iain Sinclair’s Travel Narratives” Études britanniques contemporaines 40 (June 2011): 143-160.

“Recycling the Orient in Eighteenth-Century British Literature – The Case of Busiris by Edward Young” Études Anglaises 63 (2010/4): 387-401.

“Supplément oriental et inspiration poétique” RSEAA XVII-XVIII 67 (2010): 145-169.

Book Chapters

“The World Imaginaries of Islam: Islam and New Directions in World Literature”, co-written with Sarah R. Bin Tyeer in Islam and New Directions in World Literature, ed. Sarah R. Bin Tyeer and Claire Gallien. Edinburgh: Edinburgh UP, 2022.

“Aridity Line Poetics“ in The Routledge Companion to Postcolonial and Decolonial Literature, ed. Laura Rebecca Brueck and Praseeda Gopinath. New York: Routledge, 2022.

“God 99 – Staying with the Fragments, Imagining Other Possible Designs” in Handbook of Literature and Migration, ed. Corina Stan and Charlotte Sussman. New York: Palgrave, 2022.

La littérature comme ‘menace sérieuse pour la sécurité de la nation’. Interventions littéraires du ‘terroriste’ contre interventions ‘terroristes’ de la littérature” in Figurer le terroriste. La Littérature au défi, ed. Elara Bertho, Catherine Brun, Xavier Garnier. Paris: Khartala, 2021.

“The Heterolingual Zone: Arabic, English, and the Politics of Literary Creativity” in Multilingual Literature as World Literature, ed. Jane Hiddleston and Wen-chin Ouyang. London: Bloomsbury, 2020.

“The Turkish Refugee as Vagrant Slave: Spaces of Disconnection and Dispossession in Ishmael Bashaw's Refugee Narrative” in Migration and Modernity: The State of Being Stateless, 1650-1850, ed. JoEllen Mary Delucia and Juliet Shields. London: Routledge, 2019, p.184-211.

“‘Enthusiastick’ Uses of an Oriental Tale: The English Translations of Ibn Tufayl’s Hayy ibn Yaqdhan in the Eighteenth Century”, co-written with (With Louisiane Ferlier, in Eastern Resonances in Early-Modern England, ed. Claire Gallien and Ladan Niayesh. New York: Palgrave, Transculturalism Series, 1400-1800, 2019, p. 93-114.

“Introduction to Eastern Resonances in Early-Modern England”, co-written with Ladan Niayesh. New York: Palgrave, 2019, p. 1-15.

“Recoller l’image brisée d’Edward Said: Réarticuler l’activisme avec la critique, la Palestine avec la théorie” in Orientalismes/Occidentalismes: à propos de l'oeuvre d'Edward Said, eds. Makram Abbes and Laurent Dartigues. Paris: Hermann, 2018, p.327-352.

“The Orientalist Marginalia – Jonathan Scott’s Revision of The Arabian Nights and the Colonial Nomos” in Minding Borders, eds. Adriana Jacobs and Mohamed-Salah Omri. Cambridge : Legenda, Modern Humanities Research Association 2017, p. 76-96.

“Orientalist Pococke: Brokering Across Borders, Disciplines and Genres” in The Internationalization of Cultural Exchange in a Globalizing Europe, 1636-1780, ed. Robert Mankin. Lewisburg, PA: Bucknell UP, 2017, p.1-30.

“British Orientalism, Indo-Persian Historiography, and the Politics of Global Knowledge” in India and Europe in the Global Eighteenth Century, eds. S. Davies, D. S. Roberts, and G. Sanchez Espinoza. Oxford: Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment series, 2014, p. 29-52.

“Chapitre ‘Religions’ – Perse” in Histoire des traductions en langue française, eds. Yves Chevrel, Annie Cointre and Yen-Maï Tran-Gervat, vol. 17-18. Lagrasse: Éditions Verdier, 2014. 

“Le manuel de langue orientale, reflet d'une politique coloniale? Le cas anglais en Inde, 1757-1830” in Manuels d’arabe d’hier et d’aujourd’hui. France et Maghreb, XIXe-XXIe siècle, eds. Sylvette Larzul et Alain Messaoudi. Paris: Éditions de la BNF, 2013, p. 31-46.

“Le costume oriental au XVIIIe siècle: Entre connaissance et travestissement de l'Orient” in Figures pionnières de l’orientalisme : Convergence européennes, ed. Isabelle Gadoin et Ziva Vesel, Res Orientales XX. Leuven: Peeters Publishers, 2011, p. 79-102.

“Esthétique et pratique du double regard dans le Recueil de cent estampes (1714) par Le Hay et dans A Full and Just Account of the Present State of the Ottoman Empire (1709) par Aaron Hill” in Récit de voyage et Encyclopédie, ed. Madeleine Descargues-Grant. Valenciennes: PU Valenciennes, 2011.

Short Pieces

“Is Decolonial Thought Soluble in the Neo-Liberal Academia?” in Postcolonial Studies Association Newsletter #25, June 2020. https://www.academia.edu/43369746/Is_Decolonial_Thought_Soluble_in_the_Neo_Liberal_Academia

Arundhati Roy, ou l’engagement du littéraire par Claire Gallien, le 3 janvier 2020. https://laviedesidees.fr/Arundhati-Roy-ou-l-engagement-du-litteraire.html

Pour une écologie décoloniale par Claire Gallien, le 11 février 2019. https://laviedesidees.fr/Pour-une-ecologie-decoloniale.html

Paris à l’heure indienne par Claire Gallien, le 9 juin 2016. https://laviedesidees.fr/Paris-a-l-heure-indienne.html

Le monde comme littérature. À propos de : G. C. Spivak, En d’autres mondes, en d’autres mots. Essais de politique culturelle, Payot. par Claire Gallien, le 6 janvier 2011. https://laviedesidees.fr/Le-monde-comme-litterature.html

The Subversive Power of the Migrant. About: Thomas Nail, The Figure of the Migrant, Stanford UP. by Claire Gallien, 2 March 2017. https://booksandideas.net/The-Subversive-Power-of-the-Migrant.html   

Picturing Fantasies. About Illustrations of the Arabian Nights. by Claire Gallien, 7 September 2011. https://booksandideas.net/Picturing-Fantasies.html

“Anquetil-Duperron,” “Anthologies,” “Le Cercle Jones,” “Fort William College,” “Hobson-Jobson,” “Société Asiatique (du Bengale)” in Dictionnaire encyclopédique des Littératures de l’Inde, eds. Anne Castaing, Nicolas Dejenne, and Claudine Leblanc. Paris: Classiques Garnier, 2020 (online version of the dictionary also forthcoming)

“Ezour Vedam,” “Warren Hastings,” “Zend Avesta” http://base-agon.paris-sorbonne.fr/liste-integrale-des-querelles

“Turkey and the Middle East, representations of” in The Encyclopedia of British Literature 1660-1789, eds. Gary Day and Jack Lynch. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2014.


(Arabic into French) “Silence/al-ṣamt from the Risalah al-Qushayriah” in Café n°2, 2020.

(English into French) Dictionary of Seventeenth-Century French Philosophers (New York, London: Thoemmes-Continuum, 2008) for Garnier Flammarion, 2011-2012 .

Organisation of Academic Events (selection)


  • International Conference of the Société d’Étude des Pays du Commonwealth, “Name of a discipline. Where are ‘postcolonial’ theories and practices going, and what can we call them?” Online, 19-21 Jan. 2021 (with Dr Bakshi, Dr Lorre-Johnston, Pr Wallart)
  • International Conference, Conceptions and Configurations of the Arabic Literary Canon (with Dr Sarah Bin Tyeer) Columbia Global Centre, Paris, 17-19 June 2019
  • International Conferences, Eastern Resonances (with Prof. Ladan Niayesh and Prof. Jean-Marie Fournier, Paris Diderot), UPVM3, Jun. 2013 and Paris 7, Dec. 2013


  • (co-organiser) Penser d’ailleurs, Paris Sorbonne Nouvelle, 2016 – 
  • (organiser) Workshop in Decolonial, Decentring, Dissensus Thinking, UPVM3, 2015 –
  • (organiser) IRCL Seminar events, 2012 –

Study Days

  • Vivre, re-vivre, survivre. Expériences des lieux et traumas, quelles zones à dire? (with Dr Anne-Laure Bonvalot and Dr Myriam Suchet), UPVM3, 4, 5 and 6 July 2019
  • Lectures de la charia: de l’orientalisme au décolonial, UPVM3, December 2018
  • Refugee Literatures, GIS-MOMM, CNRS/Inalco, Jul. 2017

Other Academic Activities

Academic and Administrative Responsibilities

  • Member of the Scientific Board of the IRCL (UMR 5186, CNRS), 2015 – 2021
  • Coordinator, BA courses in British History, UPVM3, 2011-2021
  • Coordinator for the ERASMUS+ programme with Oxford University and Queen’s University Belfast, 2012 – 2021; of the international exchange programme with the University of Birzeit (West Bank, Palestine), 2012 – 2021; of the French Assistant Exchange Programme (CIEP) at UPVM3, 2014 – 2021
  • Board Member of ‘Translations’ (Inalco), 2021 – continued
  • Selection Committee of the concours agrégation, written and oral examinations, 2011 – 2012
  • Selection Committee of the École Normale Supérieure Lettres et Sciences Humaines, written and oral examinations, 2014 – 2015
  • PhD Monitoring Committee, 2017 –

Editorial Experiences

  • Member of the Editorial Committee of the literary translation journal Café (Collecte Aléatoire de Fragments Étrangers, bi-yearly, Inalco) cafetranslations.home.blog, 2020 –
  • Senior editor in charge of the ‘Review’ section of Commonwealth Essays & Studies, journals.openedition.org/ces/, 2017 –
  • Guest-editor for Commonwealth Essays & Studies 39.2 (Spring 2017), for Journal of Postcolonial Writing 54.6 (Dec. 2018), and for Revue de Littérature Comparée (Spring 2020)

Conferences and Symposia

Nantes University, France: EuQu ERC Synergy Grant Project, 2-4 Dec. 2021, “Early-Modern Collecting and Cataloguing Qur’ān-s, Quranic Literatures, and Islamic Knowledge at the Bodleian Library”

OCCT, UK (online), 22-24 Jul. 2021, “Multilingual Commentary Literatures of the Islamicate and their Role in Early-Modern Orientalism”

Maynooth University, UK, 12 Nov. 2020, “Born-Heterolingual Texts: Anglo-Arabic Writing and the Practice of Worldliness” (invited)

New Haven, CT, Yale U, Desert Futures: Sahara, 24-26 Apr. 2020, “Aridity Line Literatures (invited)”

Conference Series ZoneZadir “Pour une écopoétique transculturelle” #2, St Martin de Londres, 4-6 Jul. 2019, “Detox, Salvage, Expose: The Politics of Performing Bodies in Sorling & Wong and LaToya Ruby Frazier”

Paris, Columbia Centre, Reid Hall, 17-20 Jun. 2019, “Conceptions and Configurations of the Arabic Literary Canon Workshop”

Paris, Paris 8 University, “Body in Motion, Travelling Bodies” International Conference, 24-25 May 2019, “Walking/Writing with the Refugees”

Paris, SEAA 17/18 International Conference, 18-19 Jan. 2019, “Fictions of Society, Law, and Criminality Under Early Colonialism” (with O. Jokic)

Château du Tertre, Conference Series ZoneZadir “Pour une écopoétique transculturelle” #1, 5-6 Jul. 2018, “Inhabiting the un-inhabitable – Poetics from the Arctic”

Paris, Paris Diderot, Camera Memoria Seminar, 1 Jun. 2018, “From Hollowed Space to Resurfacing Shadows. Orientalist Landscapes, Imperial Erasures, and the Politics of Reappearance in Emily Jacir’s, Fazal Sheikh’s, and Jananne Al-Ani’s Photography” 

Dijon, Université de Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, Frantz Fanon’s Legacy in the Literature and the Arts of the Americas Conference, 6 April 2018, “Frantz Fanon and the Power of Literature as Struggle and as Cure”

London, SOAS, Creative Multilingualism Conference, 18-20 Jan. 2018, “Contemporary Literary Production in English and Arabic – Displacing, Rethinking and Reinventing Language, Literature, and Belonging”

Utrecht, ACLA Annual Congress, 6-9 Jul. 2017, “Creating the Archive. Of Counter-Memories, Breakable Memories and other Proleptic Moves into the Past in Larissa Sansour’s and Wael Shawky’s Arts”

Paris, Inalco, GIS – MOMM Congress, 5-8 Jul. 2017, “Just Bomb Into It – Rejecting the Category of the Refugee and Welcoming Destruction in Contemporary Arab Art and Literature” 

Aix en Provence, Maison méditerranéenne des sciences de l’homme, Conférence Annuelle de la Halqa, 8-9 Jun. 2017, “Talal Asad: Pensée islamique décoloniale du séculier et silence français”

Paris, Paris 3, “Figures et figurations des terroristes: enjeux postcoloniaux”, 23-24 Mar. 2017, “When Literature Becomes ‘Enhanced National Security Threat’ – The Literary Interventions of the ‘Terrorist’ and the ‘Terrorist’ Interventions of Literature”

Paris, Université de la Sorbonne, “Empire”, International Congress SEAA 17/18, 20-21 Jan. 2017, “The Empire of Letters. Reconfiguration of Eastern Literatures and the Creation of an Imperial Literary Canon”

London, SOAS, Workshop Multilingual Locals and Significant Geographies Before Colonialism, 16-18 Jun. 2016, “A Passage to Britain. Early-Modern Orientalism and the Reconfigurations of the Eastern Literary Canon”

Lyon, Université Lyon 3, Workshop “New Literatures”, Congrès SAES, 2-4 Jun. 2016, “American Hyphenation and Palestinian Return – The Aesthetics and Politics of Confluence in the Work of Susan Abulhawa”

Paris, EHESS, “La question palestinienne : quelles comparaisons possibles?”, 12 Feb. 2016, “Branchements poétiques dans la littérature palestinienne contemporaine de langue anglaise”

London, Queen Mary University, Symposium, “Contemporary Middle Eastern Literatures in English/ Translation: Critical Prisms for Postcolonial Studies”, 5 Dec. 2015, “Othering postcolonial studies – What Arab literary theory has to say”

Paris, CNRS Thalim, Journée d’étude “Questions de délimitations” Projet Idex DELI, 3-4 Dec. 2015, “Les orientalistes britanniques de la fin du XVIIIe siècle et la création du canon littéraire indien”

Oxford, Oxford Comparative Criticism and Translation, International Conference, “Minding Borders”, Sept. 2014, “An Intermedial Study of the Representation of the Palestinian Border in Selma Dabbagh’s novel Out of it and in Mohammed Musallam’s artwork Geography Torn

Lyon, TRIANGLE (UMR5206) & ENS, May 2014, “Edward Said, Theory, and the Palestinian Prism”

Grenoble, CEMRA, International Conference, “Location and Dislocation of Myth”, 9-11 Apr. 2014, “Dislocation, Relocation, and Escape in Nadeem Aslam’s Maps for Lost Lovers

Paris, Paris 8 & CNRS/ARIAS, Journée d’étude “Problèmes d’histoire littéraire indienne”, March 2014, “The Late Eighteenth-Century ‘Oriental Renaissance’: The Invention of a Literary Tradition”

Oxford, BSECS Annual International Conference, 8-10 Jan. 2014, “A Qur’an to be read aloud: Sale’s Literary Contribution to the translation of the Qur’an”

Dijon, SAES Congress, 17-19 May 2013, “Sir William Jones’s Notebook. A Reflection on the Vagaries of the Construction of Orientalist Knowledge”

Paris, Paris 7 & Paris 3, Conference “Curiosité et géographie en Orient et en Occident, XVIe-XVIIIe siècles”, 29-30 March 2013, “Sir Thomas Palmer’s Essay on the Meanes How to Make our Trauailes Profitable (1606): Regulating Curiosity and Ordering the World”

Dublin, University College, Conference “Reading the Ancient Near East in Early Modern Europe”, 22-23 Nov. 2012, “Classical sources, Arabic material and experimental science in John Greaves’s Pyramidographia (1646)”

Newtown, Gregynog Hall – University of Wales, Conference “Indian Pluralism and Hasting’s Orientalist Regime”, 18-20 Jul. 2012, “Historical Studies in Hyderababad. The Correspondence Between Lt-Col Mark Wilks and Maj-Gen William Kirkpatrick (1809-1811)”

Paris, Sorbonne-Nouvelle, Perso-Indica Conference, 30-31 May 2012, “Eighteenth-Century European Knowledge of India through Persian Works and Translations”