Dr. A. Z. Obiedat is an Assistant Professor of Arabic Language and Culture at Wake Forest University, North Carolina. He received his Ph.D. in Arab-Islamic Philosophy and Science from McGill University in Montréal, Canada, in 2011. In 2004 he received his MA from the same institution, in Arabic Discourse Analysis in Islamic Law. Before joining Wake Forest University in 2015, he served as Senior Lecturer of Arabic Language and Culture at the University of Virginia (2007-2015), and in 2011 as Program Coordinator of its 400-plus student Arabic Program. Since 2006, Dr. Obiedat has taught more than 75 university courses for students in Canadian and American Universities. This includes all undergraduate levels of Modern Standard Arabic, Spoken Arabic Dialect, and Advanced Media Arabic. For Arab-Islamic history and culture taught in English, Dr. Obiedat created and taught several new interdisciplinary courses, such as a “Survey of Arab-Islamic Civilization through Literature.” He also taught other content classes, including “The Language of the Qur’an and Hadith,” and “The West versus the Rest: Strife over Modernity.”

Dr. Obiedat is an opinion columnist at the al-Jazeera Arabic website, a member of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) and the Arab Society of Logic and Epistemology, and serves as an academic reviewer for Al-Arabiyya, the Journal of the American Association of Teachers of Arabic. His Academia website was ranked in the “top 1% of world researchers” (Feb 16th, 2018) and currently has more than 16k total views https://wfu.academia.edu/AZObiedat