Professor Suleiman is His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said Professor of Modern Arabic Studies, a Fellow of King’s College, formerly Head of the Department of Middle Eastern Studies and Founding Director of the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Centre of Islamic Studies (http://www.cis.cam.ac.uk/). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.
Professor Suleiman’s research covers the cultural politics of the Middle East with special focus on identity, conflict, diaspora studies and modernization 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.
His many published works include the following books: Arabic, Self and Identity: A study in Conflict and displacement (forthcoming, 2011), 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), Living Islamic History: Studies in Honour of Professor Carole Hillenbrand (editor 2010), Literature and Nation in the Middle East (editor with Ibrahim Muhawi, 2006), Language and Society in the Middle East and North Africa (editor, 1999), Arabic Grammar and Linguistics (editor, 1998), Language and Identity in the Middle East and North Africa (editor, 1996) and Arabic Sociolinguistics: Issues and Perspectives (editor, 1994), Living Islamic History (editor 2010). Professor Suleiman is working on two books (under contract): Arabic in the Fray: Constructing Languages, Constructing Identities (2012) and Being Palestinian: Personal Reflections on Identity in the Diaspora (editor, 2011). He is a member of the editorial boards of a number of journals and book series.
Professor Suleiman is Chair of the Panel of Judges, British-Kuwaiti Friendship Society Book Prize on Middle Eastern Studies. He serves as Trustee on the Boards of the following organisations: Arab-British Chamber of Commerce Charitable Fund, International Prize for Arab Fiction (in association with the Man-Booker Prize), Banipal Trust for Arab Literature and Gulf Research Centre-Cambridge. He is also Board Member of the Islamic Manuscript Association.