Abed el-Rahman Tayyara (Abed), Ph.D.
 Title: Professor
Director of Middle Eastern Studies and Coordinator of Arabic Studies
 Dept: World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
 Office: RT 1606
 Phone: 216-687-5138,  216-687-4646
 Fax: 216-687-4650
 Email: A.TAYYARA@csuohio.edu
 Address: 2121 Euclid Ave. RT 1606, Cleveland, OH 44115

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Research Keywords:
Islamic historipgraphy, Middle East, Islamic studies, Islamic history, Arabic, Syriac, Hebrew, Byzantine history, Israeli-Palestinian conflict, ACTFL, OPI
Ph.D., Islamic Studies and Byzantine History, New York University
M.A., Roman History, Tel-Aviv University
B.A., World History and Classical Studies, Tel-Aviv University
Brief Bio:
Abed el-Rahman Tayyara is a Professor of Middle Eastern Studies and Arabic.  He earned his Ph.D. in Islamic Studies at New York University.  His dissertation is entitled, "The Reflection of non-Islamic Cultures in Early Islamic Universal Histories."  He earned his BA in History and Classical Studies, and M.A. in Roman History at Tel-Aviv University. He taught at New York University before coming to Cleveland State University where he is teaching Middle Eastern Studies and Arabic.  Dr. Tayyara's teaching and research interests include a wide range of areas, such as Early Islamic historiography and cultural history of Islam between 7-12 centuries, Arabic language and culture, classical Arabic literature, the transmission of knowledge from Greek and Syriac cultures to the Islam, Semitic languages, and Byzantine history.
Honors and Awards:
U.S. Department of Education UISFL (Title VI) Grant ($ 181,000)    2014-2016
Grant to develop the Arabic program into a major

EDGE Faculty Grant, Institutional Diversity, Cleveland State University, summer 2011,
Tel-Aviv University, Department of History, Research Grant, Spring 2009, $2,000
The Barakat Foundation Doctorate Fellowship, 2001-2002, $18,000
Israeli-Arab Scholarship Program, Grant funded by the United States Department of State and administered by AMIDEAST, 1998- May 2001, $ 55,000
Research Interests:
History of Islam and the Middle East between 7-12 centuries, early Islamic historiography, Arabic language and culture, classical Arabic literature, the transmission of knowledge from Greek and Syriac cultures to the Islam, Semitic languages, and Byzantine history
Teaching Areas:
Islamic Studies
Middle Eastern Studies
Semetic Languages
Professional Affiliations:
The Association of Jewish Studies                                       since 2014
American Association of Teachers of Arabic (AATA) since 2007
American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)        since 2010
Middle Eastern Studies Association (MESA) since 2002
Modern Languages Association  since 2010
American Oriental Society (AOS) since 2007
Professional Experience:
As of April 2012 I am an ACTFL full certified OPI tester in Arabic.
Professional Service:
Moderator, "Preparing Citizens for a Global Democracy," CSU, February 2008

Panel chair and discussant, Ohio Academy of History conference, University of
Dayton April 2008

Reviewer, "Developing Jewish Identity Across Borders: The Epistolary Relationship
between Rabbi Isaac Klein and American Jewish Servicemen during World War II," in Antonio Medina-Rivera and Lee Wilberschied, Eds. (2011). In, Out and Beyond: Studies on Border Confrontation, Resolutions and Encounters. Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Review of "In the Shadows of the Master: al-Mutanabbi's Legacy and the Quest for the
Center in the Fatimid and the Andalusian Poetry" by Majd Yaser al-Mallah, Berkshire;
Berkshire Academic Press, 2012, in Digest for Middle Eastern Studies (forthcoming)
Community Service:
Giving a Series of Talks about Islam, St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Lakewood, OH fall 2011
Editing the New Visitor Guide in Arabic for the Cleveland Museum of Art fall 2010
Arranging Stand-up comedy Event at CSU spring 2008
Arranging Arab Festival at CSU spring 2008
Discussion of the play "My Name is Rachel Corrie" at the Cleveland Public Theatre, spring 2007
Introducing Dr. Khaled Abu al-Fadl, City Hall Series, fall 2007
Serving as a consultant for the lawyer Thomas Gilbert regarding a political asylum case, spring 2007
Advisor of the Arab Student Union, 2007 - present
Advisor of the Pakistani student Union, 2007-2008