Professor Shawkat Toorawa
Department of Near Eastern Studies
Faculty-in-Residence, Mews Hall
Shawkat M. Toorawa (Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania, 1998) is an Associate Professor of Arabic literature in the Department of Near Eastern Studies. He and his family are also Faculty Family-in-Residence in Mews Hall on North Campus. When he’s not teaching (such subjects as the Arabian Nights, the modern poetry of the city, or medieval manuals of princely advice), spending time with his family, or showing and watching movies—he spends his time thinking about a group he calls the ‘Bad Boys and Girls of Baghdad’ (who lived in the 800s), and about how things rhyme. This Fall, Dr. Toorawa is teaching a course on Science Fiction, Medieval & Modern, and another on Medieval Arabic Poetry.
“‘A Long Time Ago, in a Galaxy Far Far Away…’ When Words Fail Us”
Willard Straight Theater