I am an intellectual historian of the modern Arab world. My work revolves around a ubiquitous Arab concern: How to find an authentic, safe and productive space in a modern world made by others? Over the last two centuries this preoccupation yielded a rich intellectual canon in which Arab thinkers debated as well as designed the various cultural responses to this challenge. It is a rich world which I engage via the lens of Decolonization Studies, Trauma Studies, Political Theology and related fields. Currently, I practice as a history professor at the University of Texas at Austin, away from the Middle East as one can possibly be but otherwise very very close.