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Biography

Biographical information on author and researcher Basma Zerouali. 

 
© Silvia Milanezi

© Silvia Milanezi

biography

 

Basma Zerouali holds a PhD from the Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales and a post-graduate degree from the École Normale de Musique de Paris.

A former fellow of the Alexander S. Onassis Foundation, the Kostas and Eleni Ourani Foundation, as well as the Anastasios G. Leventis Foundation, she was for many years a research associate at the Center for Asia Minor Studies in Athens and an invited lecturer at Cyprus University.

As a scientific fellow of the French School at Athens, she conceived and managed from 2012 to 2016 the research program Greece and the Arab World. Basma Zerouali has also conducted fieldwork in Turkey (Izmir), Egypt (Alexandria) and Lebanon (Beirut), besides Greece. 

She dedicates her work and research to the cultural history of Eastern Greeks (Greeks of Smyrna and Beirut in particular), Arab-Greek relations, urban Levantine music and, more generally, cosmopolitanism and cross-cultural creativity in the contemporary Eastern Mediterranean. 

Basma Zerouali's book "Le Quatuor de Beyrouth" [The Beirut Quartet], exploring the intertwined destinies of four writers and journalists of Greek descent who took part in the Arabist movement, was among the finalists for the 2016 "Prix France-Liban".