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Dr Islam Issa

Reader in Literature and History

School of English
Email:
islam.issa@bcu.ac.uk

Islam Issa is a multi-award-winning writer, curator, and broadcaster. A literary critic and historian, his work has focused primarily on the modern-day reception of Early Modern English literature in global contexts, particularly Shakespeare and Milton, and the cultural history of the Middle East.

Islam brings pioneering approaches and fresh narratives to the fields of literature, history, and cultural studies through an international repertoire of publications, exhibitions, TV and radio appearances, and speaking tours.

Islam has authored Milton in the Arab-Muslim World (Routledge, 2016)Milton in Translation (OUP, 2017), and Digital Milton (Palgrave, 2018). He has curated the exhibitions Stories of SacrificeShakespeare in South Asia, and Ageless Cleopatra. He has presented the documentaries Cleopatra and Me (BBC Four) and Shakespeare and Terrorism (BBC Radio 3). 

The university's "Researcher of the Year" for two consecutive years, he joined Birmingham City University in 2015 after receiving his PhD in English Literature from the University of Birmingham, where he also worked as a Visiting Lecturer and Teaching Fellow.

Islam teaches across all periods and genres of literature, especially the Early Modern. He has served as the Outreach Officer for the School of English.

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