Adnan Haydar is head of the Arabic section in the department of world languages, literatures, and cultures and professor of Arabic and comparative literature at the University of Arkansas, where he also directed the King Fahd Middle East Studies Program from 1993 to 1999. Dr. Haydar has taught at the University of California, the University of Pennsylvania, Middlebury College, and the University of Massachusetts. His fields of specialization and areas of teaching include modern and classical Arabic literature, Arabic language, folk literature, oral poetry, and European and Arabic poetics. He has directed SINARC, BAALI, and SCALE, three summer institutes in Lebanon for intensive Arabic language and culture from 1997-2010.
He has authored, co-authored and co-edited eight books, including Naguib Mahfouz: From Regional Fame to Global Recognition, and published numerous translations and interpretations of poetry and fiction, including Adonis’ Mihyar of Damascus, His Songs, Khalil Hawi’s Naked in Exile, and Jabra Ibrahim Jabra’s celebrated novels The Ship and In Search of Walid Masoud. He has edited numerous modern Arabic novels in translation for Syracuse University Press. His many articles on modern literary theory and oral poetry have appeared in premier literary journals in the U.S. and in the Middle East. His translation (with Michael Beard) of Adonis’ Mihyar of Damascus, His Songs, published by BOA Editions, has recently been awarded the Modern Language Association’s prestigious Lois Roth Award for the Translation of a Literary Work.