Prior to Leeds, I received my BA in English literature & translation studies (2015) from Imam Muhammad ibn Saud University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. In 2016, I received The Training & Development Diploma Passport from Langevin Learning Services in the United States. Hence, I became a certified member of the American Board of International Trainers in writing skills, creative writing and translation (English & Arabic) in 2017. Following this in 2018, I went to the University of Leeds, where I received my MA in translation studies. Since 2019, I have been a self-sponsored PhD candidate at the University of Leeds, specialising in translation studies and literature under the supervision of Dr Jacob Blakesley.
In the field of Arabic/English literature and translation, I am working as a publisher, published writer, translator and professional trainer. I have established Athra, a publishing translation house, and I have been the editor-in-chief since its emergence in 2017. Athra is a training publishing translation house focusing on two aspects: learning by qualified experts and gaining skills and knowledge by undertaking a translation. I have had the privilege of teaching Arabic culture & literature through Leeds Islamic Society at the University of Leeds. I have also given more than 50 invited lectures and seminars in Gulf universities, as well as at UK universities. I have managed, directed, and supervised a number of professional translation projects across the Gulf. In addition, I have been presenting Awo literary podcast weekly on SoundCloud, Apple Podcast and Google Podcast, discussing ideas on languages, world literature, and translation studies.
My doctoral research focuses on Arabic-English literature and translation. It aims to examine the phenomenon of Arabic self-translation into English as a socially situated activity, based on a socio-cultural point of view. It attempts to demonstrate how the practice of self-translation is motivated, shaped, restricted and influenced by different socio-cultural factors in light of Bourdieu’s model.
- PhD Candidate in Translation Studies and Literature, University of Leeds
- MA in Translation Studies, University of Leeds (2018)
- BA in Translation Studies and Literature, Imam University (2015)