Shaheen’s academic life began as a university lecturer in 1967 at the
University of Jordan. Two years later, he was granted a fellowship to pursue
his PhD in English Literature at the University of Cambridge (King's). In 1973,
he returned to work at the University of Jordan’s English Department after obtaining
his degree. Professor Shaheen has held several different administrative and
academic positions at the University of Jordan. From 1978 to 1980, Professor
Shaheen became an assistant to the President and Director to the President’s Office
and Administration. From 1988 to 1990 and from 1993 to 1995, Professor Shaheen
was appointed Chairman of the English Department. At the same time, he was also
chairman of the European Languages Department. He was also an advisor to the
Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research from the years 1985 to 1989,
as well as a Deputy (on loan from the University of Jordan) to the President of
Mutah University from 1998 to 2002.
Shaheen has received several research and teaching fellowships from Arab,
German, American, and British Universities. He is an associate fellow of St.
Anthony's College of the University of Oxford since 1983.He has also
contributed greatly to the fields of literary theory, translation and
comparative literature. Professor Shaheen has translated multiple literary
books for Arab and British authors, such as Mahmoud Darwish, Badr Shakeer Al-Seyab,
Ghasan Kanafani, and the poets, Eliot and Pound.
Shaheen has written several books in both English and Arabic. His books and
articles are published by world renowned publishers and journals such as Macmillan, Palgrave, St. Martin's Press, New York
University Press, Barnes and Noble, University of Maine at Orono, Modern
Humanities Research Association [London], New Dictionary of National Biography
[Clarendon Press: Oxford], University of Illinois Press, University of Colorado
Press [Boulder], and Brill. In addition, Professor Shaheen has also been an editor
to several books translated by the Supreme Council of Culture in Cairo
from English to Arabic.
Shaheen has received several awards from the region and from around the world
such as The Order of Independence (Jordan) in 2002, and the State Recognition
for Literary Studies and Translation presented by The Ministry of culture of
Jordan in 2011. He also received an Order from the Qatari National Council for
Culture, Arts, and Heritage in 2005. In 2007, he was awarded the Order of Shaik
Zayed for Translation.
of 2016, Professor Shaheen participated in organizing the Memorial Lecture that
is presented at St Anthony’s College at Oxford University. The Memorial Lecture
invites a prestigious intellectual figure to present a talk on a personality
who has left a strong impression on the intellectual world after his or her
passing. The honoree for the 2016 Memorial Lecture was George Antonius, the
Palestinian historian and author of The
Arab Awakening (1938), which was translated into Arabic by Naser Al-Deen Al-Asad
and Ihsan Abbas in 1967. The book went through several different editions when
it received great fame from Arab cultural circles after receiving world wide
critical acclaim. St Anthony’s College Memorial Lecture (which also hosted
Edward Said in the past) received Noam Chomsky who presented a lecture titled
“The United States, the Middle East and Our Collective Fate.” Oxford University
took the opportunity of Chomsky’s presence to inaugurate a chair for the Arabic
language. Oxford University kindly requested that Noam Chomsky help in
providing the necessary assistance in establishing that chair. Thus, the
President of the Babtain Cultural Organization (an organization that Professor
Shaheen has been a member of for almost twelve years) offered a generous amount
to support the cause and help develop the project into a tangible reality.
Professor Shaheen was honored to be part of the advisory commission for the
Arab League Educational, Cultural, and Scientific Organization’s journal. In November
2016, he was requested to arbitrate the Sultan Qaboos Award for Translation,
which took place in Oman. Moreover, The Higher Council for Culture in Cairo
invited Professor Shaheen to become a juror for the Najeeb Mahfooz Award for
The following are some of the
recent studies he has published:
“The Poetics of Translation with
Reference to Mahmoud Darwish.” Forthcoming in Al-Abhath, published by
the American University of Beirut.
“Teaching Pound in “A Station of
the Metro” and “The Return”: A Case in Point.” Published in an online journal
titled “Make it New 2016”— a journal with studies focused on the poet, Ezra
“Mohammad Mandoor’s Place in
Modern Criticism and Literary Theory.” Literary Affairs, which is issued
by the Federation of UAE Writers. Quarterly Summer 2016.
“Tawfiq Sayegh: A Talent Gone Way
Too Soon” Nazwa. Oman, Fall 2016.
“Edward Said:Language Imposes
Itself on Us.” Al-Thaqafiyyah, the University of Jordan. Fall 2016.
Mandoor in Literature and Criticism.
Prepared and Edited by Professor Mohammad Shaheen. The Arab Foundation for
Studies and Publishing. Beirut, 2016.
Professor Shaheen is currently
teaching courses for M.A and PhD graduate students and is supervising several
theses and dissertations. Professor Shaheen is Professor Emeritus at the
University of Jordan.