Post Doctoral Research Associate
Asian Languages and Civilizations

Rachel Schine is a scholar of pre-modern Arabic literature. Her research interests include storytelling practices, kinship structures, gender/sexuality, and race/racialization in pre-modern works of poetry and prose. Her dissertation, "On Blackness in Arabic Popular Literature: The Black Heroes of the Siyar Sha‘biyya, their Conception, Contests, and Contexts," examines the literary, socio-historical, and ethical functions of black heroes in the popular sīrahs, a body of medieval chivalric literature that features a diverse range of protagonists. She has also authored and co-authored pieces on teaching the 1001 Nights(Alf Layla wa-Layla) through its representations of race, space, and cosmopolitanism. Rachel received her BA in Arabic Studies and Political Science from Williams College, and her MA and PhD in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from the University of Chicago.

Select Publications:

  • “Nourishing the Noble: Breastfeeding and Hero-Making in Arabic Popular Literature,” forthcoming in Al-'Usur al-Wusta: The Journal of Middle East Medievalists 
  • “Teaching the Worlds of the Thousand and One Nights,” forthcoming in Approaches to Teaching the Global Middle Ages, co-author: Arafat Razzaque, ed. Geraldine Heng (2020)
  • "Race and Racism in the Arabian Nights," forthcoming in Approaches to Teaching the Arabian Nights, ed. Paulo Lemos Horta (2020)
  • "Conceiving the Pre-Modern Black-Arab Hero: On the gendered production of racial difference in Sīrat al-Amīra Dhāt al-Himma," Journal of Arabic Literature 48:3 (2017): 298-326