Ruth Abou Rached

Ruth Abou Rached


Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Arabic literature; Arabic cultural studies; translation studies; feminist translation

Please ensure that you have identified a second supervisor for your project before submitting your application.

Personal profile


I specialise in teaching Arabic literary and cultural Studies,Translation Studies, Modern Languages (MFL) and have worked with organisations, educational, health and cultural, that create platforms of expression for under-represented groups. My work on Iraqi women’s literature was inspired by community work in the UK and living in the Middle East. My research interests include Iraqi and Arab women’s writing, Palestinian and other exilic literatures, postcolonial literary studies and intersectional feminist translation theories. I am editor for New Voices in Translation Studies, International Association of Translation and Intercultural Studies (IATIS).


  • MEST10092 Cultural Anthropology of the Middle East and North Africa
  • MEST20352 Women and Gender in the Middle East and North Africa
  • MEST30122 Nature, Environment and Politics in modern Arabic literature
  • MEST10711 History and Politics in the Middle East and North Africa (cinema and cultural production)
  • MEST30000 Dissertation


Memberships of committees and professional bodies


  • British Association for Teachers of Arabic
  • Associate Fellow of Higher Education Academy
  • Chartered College of Teaching


Social responsibility

* Teacher of Arabic to parents and alumni of Falinge Park High School (parent/community wing of the school)

* GCSE examiner of Arabic for candidates in schools based in Rochdale

* Researchers in School Alumni, The Brilliant Club (widening university access to under-represented groups)

Supervision information

The Department of Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies (AMES) at the University of Manchester invites applications from students looking to pursue a PhD in Arabic Studies and Middle Eastern Studies, which often overlap other areas of research in innovative ways.

Please get in touch if you would like to discuss a PhD research project proposal which aligns with my areas of expertise and interest: Arabic literature; Arabic cultural studies; translation studies; feminist translation studies

Office hours

Tuesdays, 2pm-3pm; Wednesdays 12pm-1pm

Other dates and times can be arranged by appointment.


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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

Co-Editor (Special Issue on Iraqi Literary Figures), Journal of Contemporary Iraq and the Arab World

1 May 20201 Jan 2023

Co-Editor, New Voices in Translation Studies, AITIS (peer reviewed journal)

30 Nov 2015 → …

Co-Director/Trustee, Langworthy Cornerstone Association

12 Jun 2012 → …

Areas of expertise

  • PI Oriental languages and literatures
  • Feminist Translation
  • Arabic
  • Arabic Literature
  • French
  • Translation and Interpreting Studies
  • Arab women's literature
  • Postcolonial studies
  • Community development
  • Cultures of the Middle East
  • Feminist Paratranslation


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