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Professor Yasir Suleiman is His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Sa'id Professor of Modern Arabic Studies and Chair of the Panel of Judges, British-Kuwaiti Friendship Society Book Prize in Middle Eastern Studies.

He serves as Trustee on the Boards of the following organisations: Arab-British Chamber Charitable Foundation, International Prize for Arab Fiction (in association with the Man- Booker Prize), 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 Advisory Board of the Centre for the Advanced Study of the Arab World, Member of the Advisory Board of Our Shared Future (a joint project of the British Council, USA and Carnegie Foundation), the Doha Institute, Centre for Research and Evaluation in Islamic Education (CREME, Institute of Education, London) and a member of the Prime Ministerial Commission on Modernizing Arabic Language Teaching, United Arab Emirates. He is a member of the editorial boards of a number of journals and book series.

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.


Key publications: 

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


'Narratives of Conversion to Islam: 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

Professor Yasir  Suleiman
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