William E. Granara

William E. Granara

Professor of the Practice of Arabic on the Gordon Gray Endowment
Director Modern Language Programs
William E. Granara

Professor Granara teaches Arabic language and literature and currently directs the Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES) at Harvard University. He studied Arabic at Georgetown University and received his PhD in Arabic and Islamic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the former executive director of the Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA) at the American University in Cairo and the former director of the Arabic Field School of the U.S. Department of State in Tunis, Tunisia. He is the founding director of Harvard Summer School’s program in postcolonial studies in Aix-en-Provence, France. Prof. Granara specializes in the history and cultures of the Arab Mediterranean. His Narrating Muslims Sicily: War and Peace in the Medieval Mediterranean World was published in 2019; and his literary biography, Ibn Hamdis, the Sicilian will soon be published by Oneworld Press. In addition, he lectures and writes on contemporary Arabic literature and has published translations of three Arabic novels into English: The Earthquake (2000); Granada (2003) and The Battle of Poitiers (2012).

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Harvard – CMES
38 Kirkland St, #302
Cambridge, MA 02138
p: 617-496-9065
Office Hours: Tues 2:00-3:45PM; Thurs 1:00-3:35PM


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