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Nadia Wardeh

Associate Professor of Middle Eastern Studies

School of Arts & Sciences

Department of International and Middle Eastern Studies


Ph.D. in Islamic Studies, Institute of Islamic Studies, McGill University (Montreal)
MA. in Islamic Studies, Institute of Islamic Studies, McGill University
BA. in History/minor in Philosophy, University of Jordan (Amman)

Dr. Wardeh completed her doctoral dissertation in 2008 at the Institute of Islamic Studies at McGill University on the question of contemporary Arab religious-cultural discourse. Her research was funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.  Major part of this research was published by Canadian Center of Science and Education in The Asian Culture and History.
Dr. Wardeh has started her teaching career at McGill University while a Ph.D. candidate, both as a research assistant and an instructor of Arabic language and literature courses. Only after one year of her teaching career, she was awarded McGill “Faculty of Arts Graduate Students Teaching Award.”  She joined AUD in fall 2009 as an Adjunct Faculty and was shortly promoted to a full time position as an Assistant Professor of Middle Eastern Studies. After one year she became the coordinator of the Middle Eastern Studies Program at AUD.
Dr. Wardeh has contributed to the development of the Program of Middle Eastern Studies and founded the MEST Forum, a monthly series of intellectual scholarly activity. The goal of this forum is to provide a great opportunity for AUD academics and visiting scholars from a range of disciplines to share their research related to Middle Eastern and North African issues. The Forum also intends to bring together MEST scholars and AUD’s community, including staff, students and professors who are interested in Middle Eastern historical, political, economic, religious, artistic, social and cultural issues.
Dr. Wardeh teaches various subjects in the fields of Islamic, Arabic, and Middle Eastern Studies include Islamic Historical and societal  aspects, Islamic civilization, Qur'an: text, history and meaning, Cultures of the Middle East, The Levant: Arab Lands of the Eastern Mediterranean, Arabic language and Arabic proficiency. Dr. Wardeh is very passionate about teaching and her courses are among the most popular, courses at AUD, hence she was awarded the 2013 President Award for teaching excellence. On another level, Dr. Wardeh is heavily engaged with students’ sociocultural and intellectual activities at AUD. She is an active supervisor for a number of student clubs such as Palestinian cultural club, reading club and youth empowerment club.
Dr. Wardeh’s research interests include tradition and modernity, culture and religion, Arabic literature, the question of Arab nationalism, the Levant,  Islamic and Qur'anic studies, post-colonial studies, modern and contemporary intellectual trends, Islamist thought and modern Islamist movements, Arabic language and modern Arabic literature.
As an active scholar, Dr. Wardeh published a book and a number of scholarly articles related to her field of study. Her book; The Problematic of Turath in Contemporary Arab Thought: A Study of Adonis and Hasan Hanafi was published in 2015. It focuses on the question of turath as perceived by contemporary Arab thinkers since 1967. The diverse understandings of turath have raised various questions with respect to it, yielding a plethora of opinions that make it difficult to come up with a common definition. The book investigates whether turath has the roots of the problematic or whether it is mainly the positions on it that have led to its problematization. An attempt to explore the term reveals that the contemporary meaning assigned to turath is ideological in nature, such that it is perceived as a tool for either progress or decline. To understand how this ideologization operates, the book looks at two antithetical positions on turath: that of the Islamic-modernist, Hasan Hanafi and that of the secular-modernist, Adonis. Their positions are described in the light of their intellectual and ideological backgrounds, and analyzed in view of their primary texts. The study concludes that their “imagined” visions of turath reflect biased thinking, an understanding of turath that is adapted to their own ideological stance.
Dr. Wardeh published important scholarly articles in various renowned journals; including the following: “Rethinking Polygamy in Islamic Exegetical Discourse,” International Journal of Arts and Sciences, 2016 Volume 09, Number 0; “From Revelation to Revolution: A Study of Hasan Hanafi’s Controversial Position on Islamic Cultural Heritage,” Humanities and Social Sciences Review, no. 4, Vol. ( 2015):93-110; “Dubai Cultural Magazine: The Quest for a Modern Emirati Culture,” AUD Review, Spring/Summer 2015; "From Ali Ahmad Said to Adonis: A Study of Adonis’s Controversial Position on Arab Cultural Heritage," Asian Culture and History, no. 2, Vol. 2 (2010): 189-212.
Last but not least, Dr. Wardeh is an active member in a number of international academic organizations, and regularly attend and participate in important regional and international conferences. Here recent scholarly contribution was to the International Journal of Arts and Sciences’ American Canadian conference held in McGill University in Montreal-Canada, (30 May to 2 June 2017). She presented a research paper entitled “Imagination and its role in Major afterlife events: A view of Mulla Sadra and Ibn ‘Arabi.” In addition to her academic interest, Dr. Wardeh is a social media activist and a creative writer, working currently on producing her first poetry collections.