Trans*textual Shakespeare: The Arabic and Persian Pre-texts of Romeo and Juliet also places Romeo and Juliet (c.1595) in the tradition of the Islamic philosophy of Sufism, contextualizing it as a form of "travelling knowledge". The book clearly shows how the Islamic philosophy of Sufism had always moved with the eighth-century AD Arabic story of “Majnun Layla” till it reached Shakespeare’s drama Romeo and Juliet. The philosophy of Sufism was adapted smoothly into the Shakespearean text. Such religious adaptation in a European work contradicts any previous incorrect representations of Islam based on racial or national prejudices.
Taghrid Elhanafy (Egypt) has an MA in Intercultural Anglophone Studies and is doing her doctorate at the University of Bayreuth on knowledge encounters between Europe and the MENA region in Elizabethan literature. As part of the research group on Shakespeare's African and Asian sources, she researches Arabic and Persian sources from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. She also works on migration literature in Arabic and Mahjar literatures.