A.Z. Obiedat

Ahmad ObiedatA. Z. Obiedat

Assistant Professor of Arabic

Office: Carswell 316
Phone: (336) 758-2516
Email: obiedaaz@wfu.edu


Dr. Obiedat received his PhD in the area of Arab-Islamic Philosophy and Secularism from McGill University in Montreal-Canada, where he also received his MA in the area of Arabic Discourse Analysis in Islamic Law. The current focus of his research is modern views on Arabic Semantics (‘ilm al-dilalah) as manifested in Arabic literature, rhetoric, and Islamic scholasticism. His study of Arabic and Applied Linguistics led to interest in Arabic philology, translations studies, and the sociolinguistic-pragmatic approach of the Moroccan logician-linguist Taha ‘Abd al-Rahman.

Dr. Obiedat has significant academic experience teaching Arabic as a Second Language. Before joining Wake Forest University, he served the University of Virginia as Senior Lecturer of Arabic Language and Culture and Program Coordinator of its Arabic Program. Since 2002, he has taught more than 30 university courses in four year levels of Modern Standard Arabic, Spoken Arabic Dialect, and Advanced Media Arabic in line with the ACTFL proficiency method.

As for content classes in Arab cultural studies in English, Dr. Obiedat created and taught two new innovative and interdisciplinary courses entitled, “Major Dimensions of Arab-Islamic Civilization.” In this two-semester survey of the literatures and thought of Arab-Islamic civilization from ancient Arabia to the “Arab uprisings,” the students examined how Arabs: 1) approach their worldly life through literature; 2) organize their social domain by moral-law; 3) construct their spirituality and worldview through religion; 4) react to nature by science; and 5) attempt to resolve the internal inconsistencies of their Arab-Islamic culture and its external inconsistencies with competing Greek, Persian, Jewish, and Christian cultures throughtheology, philosophy, and mysticism. He also taught other content classes such as 1) The Language of the Qur’an and Hadith, 2) Contemporary Arabic Culture and Society, and 3) Aspects of Creativity in Arab-Islamic Heritage: Translated Classical Reading.

Dr. Obiedat is a member of (MESA) the Middle East Studies Association and the Arab Society of Logic and Epistemology and serves as an Academic Reviewer for Al-Arabiyya Journal, the Journal of the American Association of Teachers of Arabic (AATA). His research has been featured in prominent academic journals including theJournal of Qu’ranic Studies, published by Edinburgh University Press, and al-Mukhatabat Journal. His scholarship has been funded by UVa Jefferson Trust and the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Bridging Cultures Grant.

Courses on Arab-Islamic Culture, History, and Religion:

  • Major Dimensions of Classical-Medieval Arabic-Islamic Civilization: Fall 2012, 2013, 2014, and Spring 2015
  • Major Dimensions of the Modern Arab World: Spring 2013, 2014, and Fall 2016
  • The Language of Qur’an and Hadith: 2007/2008, Fall 2009, 2010, and 2011
  • Aspects of Creativity in Arab-Islamic Heritage – Translated Classical Readings: Spring 2015
  • A Survey of Arabic Literature in Translation: Spring 2017
  • Crossing Borders – The Middle East & South Asia (co-taught with South Asia history scholar, Professor Richard Cohen): Spring 2012
  • Contemporary Arabic Culture and Society: Fall 2010
  • Teaching Assistant for a course on Sexual Ethics – Postmodern Perspectives (Faculty of Religious Studies at McGill University): Winter 2006

Courses Taught on Arabic as a Foreign Language:

  • First year Arabic: Winter 2007, 2008/2009, and Summer 2013
  • Second year Arabic: Summers 2002, 2011, 2012, and years 2009/2010, 2010/2011, 2011/2012, 2012/2013, Fall 2013, 2015/2016, and 2016/2017.
  • Third year Arabic: Spring 2014, 2014/2015, and 2015/2016.
  • Fourth-year Arabic Literature – Prose and Poetry: 2007/2008
  • Spoken Levantine Arabic Dialect: 2007/2008
  • Media Arabic: 2007/2008, Spring 2010, and Spring 2011