Senior Lecturer, Arabic Languages and Literatures
Phone: (615) 936-7275
Ph.D. in Arabic Language,
Literature and Culture,
University of Texas, Austin, 1992.
M.A. in Middle Eastern/African History, University of Texas, Austin, 1986.
Dr. Hamad's areas of expertise include all levels of modern and classical Arabic, poetry (classical and modern), culture, and Arabic diglossia and pedagogy. His research interests include Modern & Classical Arabic literature, Islamic thought and civilization, regional dialects and their relevance to classroom instructions, and Arabic historical mathematics. His teaching competence includes the rise of Islam, the establishment of the Ottomans empire in the Middle East and its dismemberment by colonial powers, and contemporary cultures and politics of the Arab world. He also has strong interests in the history of Islam in Sub-Sahara Africa, the advent of colonialism and the transition of modern African States. He is currently working on the development of audiovisual materials for high levels of Arabic language.