I request a New Directions Initiative grant in order to develop two new related but distinct courses, a team-taught course entitled Introduction to Muslim Cultures and Civilization to be offered in Fall 2011 and an individually taught course entitled Comparative Muslim Literature to be offered in Spring 2012. Each course is conceptualized as part of a newly emerging area of study at Oberlin College that centers on a comparative study of Muslim Cultures and Civilizations. These courses represent a significant departure from my previous scholarly and pedagogical focus. The focus of my research and teaching interest has been on Francophone literature and theory. The new direction in my scholarly work emanates and diverges at the same time from my current academic interest, which has been mostly focused on pot-colonial literature and theory. Within the realm of post-colonial literature and theory, I will study Muslim literature from a global perspective. The grant will help me expand my Francophone field of interest and reach out to the Muslim world as a whole. I will examine Muslim society and culture in the wider Arab and non-Arab-speaking Muslim world, and study their diverse and distinct characters. My interest will also include the pre-colonial era of the Muslim world. I intend to go back in history and explore the pre-colonial cultural heritage in order to examine the components that are resisting change and those that are open to it.