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Zaki Haidar

Senior Lecturer in Arabic, Middle Eastern Languages

Education & Professional History

University of California (Santa Cruz), BA; Princeton University, MA

University of Pennsylvania, Doctoral Candidate in Arabic Literature in Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations.

Three years of research and residence in Beirut.

One year of residence and intensive Arabic at CASA, American University of Cairo.

I am a specialist in modern Arabic literature, with interests spanning Arab intellectual history, the politics and culture of the Arab world, and literary and narrative studies more generally. I teach Arabic here at Carleton–both the formal and colloquial languages–as well as courses on modern Arabic literature. I am at work on a project about the narrative figuring of Mount Lebanon in the twentieth century, and I am engaged in some literary translation from Arabic to English.

At Carleton since 2013.

Organizations & Scholarly Affiliations

Modern Language Association, Middle East Studies Association

Current Courses

  • Fall 2022
    ARBC 101: Elementary Arabic
    ARBC 204: Intermediate Arabic
  • Winter 2023
    ARBC 102: Elementary Arabic
    ARBC 205: Intermediate Arabic
  • Spring 2023
    ARBC 103: Elementary Arabic
    ARBC 206: Arabic in Cultural Context