Professor Yasir Suleiman

Yasir Suleiman Malley during an interview which held at Doha Institute Graduate Studies office yesterday. pic; Baher AminProfessor Yasir Suleiman was the founding Director of the Centre of Islamic Studies, His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Sa’id Professor of Modern Arabic Studies, and a Fellow of King’s College, Cambridge. His research covers the cultural politics of the Middle East with special focus on identity, conflict, diaspora studies and modernisation in so far as these issues relate to language, modern Arabic literature, translation and memory. He also conducts research in Arabic grammatical theory and the Arabic intellectual tradition in the pre-modern period. Professor Suleiman is Chair of the Panel of Judges, British-Kuwaiti Friendship Society Book Prize in Middle Eastern Studies.  In 2013 Professor Suleiman was elected as Chairman of the International Prize of Arabic Fiction (IPAF) popularly known in the Arabic-speaking world as the ‘Arabic Booker’. He serves as Trustee on the Boards of the following organisations: Arab-British Chamber Charitable Foundation, Banipal Trust for Arab Literature and is Trustee of the Gulf Research Centre-Cambridge. He is also Board Member of the Islamic Manuscript Association, Chair of the Centre for the Study of the International Relations of the Middle East and North Africa (CIRMENA), Cambridge and Member of the Advisory Board of Our Shared Future, a joint project of the British Council, USA and Carnegie Foundation. He is a member of the editorial boards of a number of journals and book series. In October 2013 Professor Suleiman was made Ambassador of the University of Sarajevo for his outstanding contribution to promoting the University internationally.

Professor Suleiman is Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE), a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and formerly Head of the Department of Middle Eastern Studies, the University of Cambridge.

Professor Suleiman’s publications include:

Being Palestinian: Personal Reflections on Palestinian Identity in the Diaspora (ed.), 2016
Arabic in the Fray: Language Ideology and Cultural Politics, 2013
Arabic, Self and Identity: A Study in Conflict and Displacement, 2011
Living Islamic History: Studies in Honour of Professor Carole Hillenbrand (ed.), 2010
Literature and Nation in the Middle East (ed.), 2006
A War of Words: Language and Conflict in the Middle East, 2004
The Arabic Language and National Identity: A Study in Ideology, 2003
The Arabic Grammatical Tradition: A Study in Tal’liil, 1999
Language and Society in the Middle East and North Africa (ed.), 1999
Arabic Grammar and Linguistics (ed.), 1998
Language and Identity in the Middle East and North Africa (ed.), 1996
Arabic Sociolinguistics: Issues and Perspectives (ed.), 1994


‘Muslims in the UK and Europe II’ (ed.), 2016
‘Narratives of Conversion to Islam in Britain: Male Perspectives’, 2016
‘Muslims in the UK and Europe I’ (ed.), 2015
‘Narratives of Conversion to Islam in Britain: Female Perspectives’, 2013
‘Contextualising Islam in Britain II’ (with J. Henzell-Thomas), 2012
‘Reforms in Islamic Education’ (with P. Anderson and C. Tan), 2011
‘Language, Conflict and Security’ (with Y. Mendel), 2010
‘Contextualising Islam in Britain: Exploratory Perspectives’ (with P. Anderson), 2009
‘Arabic on Campus and beyond’ (with P. Anderson), 2008
‘Conducting Fieldwork in the Middle East’ (with P. Anderson), 2007
‘Islam on Campus: Teaching Islamic Studies at Higher Education Institutions in the UK’ (with A. Shihadeh), 2007