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Alif is an annual bilingual (occasionally trilingual) peer-reviewed journal published by the Department of English and Comparative Literature of the American University in Cairo. Its first issue appeared in 1981, and it has been appearing continuously since.

Each issue revolves around a particular theme and all articles go through a rigorous refereeing process in any of the journal’s three languages: Arabic, English, or French. Alif’s articles have included scholarship by established and emerging academics alike. So while it has published scholarship by such star academics as Edward Said, Michael Wood, Judith Butler, to name a few, Alif equally perceives itself as a knowledge-production hub and several young scholars have received academic training, writing their first scholarly article for Alif.

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Forthcoming Issues

Alif 41: Literature, History, and Historiography

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Alif 42: Literature Confronting Mortality

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Alif 43: Brotherly/Sisterly Relations in Literature and the Arts 

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To subscribe to Alif or to order individual issues, email us at

Some issues may be ordered online from the AUC Press online bookstore.

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