Shawwaf Visiting Professor

The Shawwaf Visiting Professorship is made possible by a gift of the family of the late Ambassador Ziad Mohammed Ali Shawwaf (1926–1990) that established the Ziad Mohammed Ali Shawwaf Fund in his memory. Ambassador Shawwaf was a distinguished Saudi Arabian career diplomat who became the first Saudi Arabian student to attend Harvard’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. The Shawwaf Fund enables CMES and the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations to bring a visiting professor to Harvard for one semester each year to teach courses on Arabic and Islamic studies.

The Shawwaf Visiting Professor is chosen by a committee comprising Roy Mottahedeh, Gurney Professor of History (chair), Khaled El-Rouayheb, James Richard Jewett Professor of Islamic Intellectual History, and William Granara, Professor of the Practice of Arabic on the Gordon Gray Endowment.

Shawwaf Visiting Professors 1992–2014


Fall 2014 — Moneera Al-Ghadeer
Spring 2013 — Salim Tamari, Birzeit University, West Bank
Fall 2011 — Maher Jarrar, American University of Beirut, Lebanon
Spring 2009 — Saad Eddin Ibrahim, American University in Cairo, Egypt
Spring 2008 — Suaad Abdul Aziz Al-mana, King Saud University, Saudi Arabia
Spring 2007 — Nadia El Cheikh, American University of Beirut, Lebanon
Spring 2006 — Abd-el-Hameed Hawwas, Institute for Folkloric Studies, Egypt
Spring 2005 — Sabry Hafez, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
Spring 2004 — Samar Attar, University of Sydney, Australia
Spring 2002 — Ridwan Al-Sayed, Lebanese University, Lebanon
Spring 2001 — Gaber Asfour, Supreme Council of Culture, Egypt
Spring 1999 — Abdel Razzak Moaz, Institut Française d’Études Arabes de Damas, Syria
Spring 1998 — Abdesselam Cheddadi, Ministère de l’Enseignement Supérieur, Morocco
Spring 1997 — Ridwan Al-Sayyid, Lebanese University, Lebanon
Spring 1996 — Maher Jarrar, American University of Beirut, Lebanon
Spring 1993 — Ridwan Al-Sayyid, Lebanese University, Lebanon
Spring 1992 — Huda Lutfi, American University of Cairo, Egypt

Current Shawwaf Professor