Researcher of the Institute of Mediterranean and Oriental Cultures PAS since 2020
Member of the Committee of Oriental Sciences of the Polish Academy of Sciences (in years 2020-2023)
ORCID ID: 0000-0001-6877-0624
Section: Department of Islamic Civilization
Tel. (22) 657 27 34
Specialization and research interests:
An Arabist specialized in cultural and literary studies. Leader of the scientific projects: Cairo Music Scene(s) Since 2011: Between Political Activism and Cultural Change (2021–2024) and Nasr Abu Zayd – Rethinking the Islamic Thought (2014–17), funded by the National Science Centre in Poland. Assistant Professor and Head (2011–13) of the Department of Arabic Language and Culture at Kazimierz Wielki University in Bydgoszcz, Poland.
Main research interests: contemporary Arab liberal thought (e.g., the works and ideas of Nasr Abu Zayd); popular culture in Asia and Africa (especially Arabic hip-hop and other genres of contemporary Arabic popular music); and the multiple identities and politics of Christian groups in Arab countries. His research combines an Arabic philological background with the methods of contemporary social sciences.
Winner of the Foundation for Polish Science scholarship (‘Start’ programme, 2007–8), scholarship winner and member of Collegium Invisibile. Completed his Ph.D. (2011) at the Graduate School for Social Research (GSSR/SNS). Author of the 3 books, co-author of the first Polish critical edition of Nasr Abu Zayd’s texts, and author of 40 other scientific publications. As for his hobbies, he likes travelling, reading contemporary world literature, watching and analysing football matches as an important cultural phenomenon, watching ambitious cinema, listening to alternative music, and riding a bike.
Titles and degrees:
M.A. Studies at:
Cultural Studies (specialization: Arabic and Islamic studies), the Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Warsaw, 2005
Postgraduate Studies at:
Graduate School for Social Research, Polish Academy of Sciences, Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Warsaw, 2009
Ph.D. in Humanities, Arab and Islamic Studies – literature
Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Warsaw, 2011
Habilitation degree (dr hab.) in Humanities, discipline: Literary Studies, specialization: Arabic Literature
Title of scientific/artistic achievement: Naṣr Abū Zayd: A Critical Rereading of Islamic Thought
Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Warsaw, 2018
Academic employment in Poland:
Since December 2020 – Associate Professor (profesor Instytutu), Institute of Mediterranean and Oriental Cultures PAS; Head of the Department of Islamic Civilization.
Since October 2019 - Associate Professor (profesor uczelni), Institute of Cultural Studies, Chair of Comparative Cultural Studies, The Kazimierz Wielki University, Bydgoszcz, Poland.
2011-2019 - Assistant Professor at the Chair of Arabic Language and Arab Culture Studies (2011-2013),
2011-2013 - Dean of the Chair of Arabic Language and Arab Culture Studies, The Kazimierz Wielki University, Bydgoszcz, Poland.
2008-2011 – Assistant, Chair of Arabic Language and Islamic Culture Studies, The Kazimierz Wielki University, Bydgoszcz, Poland.
2008 - Contracted working hours, Chair of Arabic Language and Islamic Culture Studies, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Toruń
Academic employment outside Poland:
2004-2005 - Scholarship of the Kuwait University, Kuwait.