Souf is a blog about my Eberhardtian* research and travels. It is also the name of Eberhardt’s horse – and thus a symbol of travel – and an abbreviation of the Oued-Souf region in south-eastern Algeria where Eberhardt lived.
I am currently a final-year PhD student in the department of Languages & Cultures at Lancaster University, researching the literary legacy of Eberhardt in North Africa.
*Isabelle Eberhardt (1877-1904) was a Swiss-born, French writer who settled in Algeria at the end of the nineteenth century. She converted to Islam, took on a male, Islamic identity, and was initiated into the Qadiriyya Sufi brotherhood in El Oued. She died in a flash flood in the desert in 1904.