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Ibrahim N. Abusharif
Ibrahim N. Abusharif is an associate professor in residence at NU-Q, in the journalism and strategic communication program. He received an MSJ from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and has worked as a journalist, magazine editor, writer, publisher, translator, and academic. His articles and reviews have appeared in The Chicago Tribune, Christian Science Monitor, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Dallas Morning News, Religion Dispatches, The Millions,, and other print and online publications. He is also a published writer of short fiction.

His academic interests include the study of the intersections of religion and media, particularly digital media, disruption, and religious authority. He is also researching the origins, promulgation, and effects of key journalistic framing terminologies used in prominent Western print news sources for Middle East events and ongoing affairs. (As an example, you may access here his recent work, Parsing “Arab Spring,” a study of the phrase “Arab Spring,” its implications, usages, spread, and origins.) Currently he is examining the usages of “Salafism” and “Islamism” in popular media and in academia.

He recently published a peer-reviewed chapter on global media narratives and nation branding Ferguson, Global Media Narratives, and Nation Branding.

In the past, he has researched narrative non-fiction (or literary journalism) in (or related to) the Arab world. He has presented his findings on the prospects of literary journalism in the Arab world at conferences convened by the International Association for Literary Journalism Studies, of which he is a member. He recently co-wrote (with David Abrahamson) a chapter for the scholarly book Global Literary Journalism: Exploring the Journalistic Imagination (Peter Lang Publishing).

He has been involved in several projects to translate from Arabic into English classical texts of Islamic civilization. Prior to studying journalism, he earned undergraduate degrees in zoology and physiology, and has worked at the University of Chicago Medical Center as a research assistant and a lab instructor in neuroanatomy.

Ibrahim N. Abusharif, Interim Faculty Advisor

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Ibrahim N. Abusharif