Rawad Z. Wehbe


Light-skinned man with dark beard and glasses in a suit jacket against a blurred backdrop of trees and buildings

Rawad Z. Wehbe is a PhD candidate at the University of Pennsylvania in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations where he studies Arabic literature. His research explores early Islamic poetry in Arabic at the intersection of emotion, form, and time.

Rawad earned two MA degrees in Arabic from the University of Texas at Austin (2017) and the University of California, Los Angeles (2013). He was awarded a fellowship for the Center of Arabic Study Abroad (2014) in Amman, Jordan. Rawad received a Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship Dissertation Abroad Request (2021), Janet Lee Stevens Award in Arabic and Islamic Studies (2020), and was named a Mellon Graduate Fellow (2019). He was also nominated for the Texas Foreign Language Teaching Excellence Award (2017).

He is a contributing translator to Home: New Arabic Poems (Two Lines Press, 2020). His translations of modern Arabic poems have appeared in Michigan Quarterly Review, READ, Doublespeak, and Words Without Borders.

From Our Catalog

PRE-ORDER: Where Not to Be Born
By Safaa Fathy
Translated By Rawad Z. Wehbe
Where Not to Be Born
By Safaa Fathy
Translated By Rawad Z. Wehbe

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