works in the border area between literature and politics as an essayist, narrator, translator and cultural journalist. His focus is on the worlds of Islam, postcolonialism and Enlightenment criticism; he translates mainly poetry, including Adonis, Mahmud Darwish and Ibn Arabi. His most recent books are Ground Zero. 9/11 and the Birth of the Present (Hanser, 2021; Arabic at Manshurat al-Djamal 2022) and 1001 Book. The Literatures of the Orient (Converso, 2019).