The former minister of state and professor of History Salamah Naimat received his B.A. degree in History from the University of Jordan (UJ) in 1978, Master’s degree in history also from UJ in 1983, and PhD in history of Arabs prior to Islam from Durham University, UK, in 1991.
Prof. Naimat started his career as a school teacher working for the Ministry of Education (1978-1984), he then was appointed Assistant Lecturer at UJ’s Department of History (1984-1986). While perusing his PhD at Durham University, Salamah worked as Part-time Arabic Language lecturer at the School of Oriental Studies and Centre of Middle East & Islamic Studies (1988-1991). After earning his PhD, Dr. Salameh returned home to join the teaching staff of UJ’s Faculty of Arts as full-time lecturer at the Department of History, then as Assistant Professor 1992. In 2000, he was promoted to the Rank of Associate Professor, and in 2012 he became a full professor.
Prof. Naimat held many administrative positions at UJ, including the positions of Assistant Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Head of the Department of History, Dean of Students Affairs, Vic Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences for Post-Graduate Studies and Academic Research Affairs, Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Dean of Student Affairs.
He also taught at Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat, Oman, as a visiting professor of history (Sep., 2001- Aug., 2005) and associate professor (Sep. 2011 - 2013), before he was appointed Minister of State (August 2013- June 2016).
Throughout his academic path, Naimat went on many teaching and research scholarships at Arab, German, American and British universities, including the DAAD Scholarship to carry out research at The University of Gutenberg, Mainz, Germany, twice in 1995 and 1998; the USIS scholarship at the University of New York to attend a seminar about religions in the United States; a Grant from University of Ching Chi, Taiwan, to deliver 3 lectures to students in the Arabic Department and a (keynote speaker) in the Conference about the Middle East and Islam, in 2009; and a scholarship from the university of Wisconsin Green Bay and St. Norbert college, international visiting scholars program, to deliver lectures on the history of the Arabs and Islamic civilization, in 2011.
Prof. Naimat is the author and editor of over 20 books and articles in English and Arabic. He also supervised and guided the issuance of history and national education textbooks taught in schools in Jordan.
Prof. Naimat served and is serving as a member on or chair of various university and government committees and councils, including the Supervision & National Orientation Committee for the History Course of the Secondary Schools/ Ministry of Education; National Council for Handicaps’ Care, Jordan; a Founding Member of Jordan Historians Committee; Member of Family Organization and Begetting Care; The Higher Council For Population, Jordan; Member of Consultant Committee of Museum of Jordan; Advising Committee on the History Curriculum, Ministry of Education.
He also served as Coordinator of the Anti-Radicalization Committee, Prime Ministry of Jordan; Chairman of the Higher Council of Economic and Social Association of Retired Servicemen and Veterans (ESARSV); and Chairman of Board of Directors of the Joint Procurement Department (JPD).
As for awards, Prof. Naimat is the recipient of a Royal award for getting the first grade among the MA graduates at the Department of History, UJ, in 1983; and an a award from the Jordanian Ministry of Culture for editing a book about Jerusalem, celebrating Jerusalem as the capital of Arab culture in 2009.