Moh Zaimil Alivin

Thesis title: Muslims in the Periphery: Intersectionality of Religion, Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Middle Eastern Diasporic Novels


PhD, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, The University of Edinburgh: 2022-

MA, Literature, Universitas Indonesia: 2019-2021

BA, English Literature, Universitas Islam Negeri Maulana Malik Ibrahim Malang: 2013-2017

Research summary

My research analyses the dynamic interrelation of identities often associated with gender and sexual minorities in Muslim societies. It is also to look at the complexity of the issues and to study their interconnectedness with each other as represented in contemporary Anglophone novels by diaspora writers with Muslim heritage in Middle Eastern contexts. 

Current research interests

Transnational Literature; Middle Eastern Diasporic Novels; Gender and Sexuality in Muslim Societies; Anglophone Novels.

Affiliated research centres


2021: The 3rd Annual International Conference of Language, Literature, and Media (AICoLLiM), Faculty of Humanities, Universitas Islam Negeri Maulana Malik Ibrahim Malang.

2021: International Conference on Linguistics and Literature (InCOLL), Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Universitas Islam Negeri Sunan Ampel Surabaya.

2017: International Students Forum: Issues on Humanities for Community Advancement, Faculty of Humanities, Universitas Islam Negeri Maulana Malik Ibrahim Malang and Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, National University of Singapore.

Papers delivered

2021: Identity Negotiation in the Age of Global Migration in Exophonic Novels. NOBEL: Journal of Literature and Language Teaching, 12(2), 168-187.

2021: Contesting Ignorance and Remembrance: The Identity (Re)Construction of Turkish Characters in The Bastard of Istanbul. In The 3rd Annual International Conferences on Language, Literature, and Media (No. 1, pp. 212-228).