Said Shiyab

Said Shiyab

Modern and Classical Language Studies
Professor of Translation Studies
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Said M. Shiyab is a Professor of Translation Studies and Director of the Arabic MA Translation Program at Kent State University. Prior to joining Kent State University, Professor Shiyab was teaching at the University of Geneva, Switzerland, where he taught graduate and undergraduate translation courses. He has also taught at various institutions including the Indiana University, King Saud University, Yarmouk University, and the UAE University. Prof. Shiyab founded the Department of Translation Studies at the UAE University, and served as its Chair between 2004 and 2012, in addition to serving as Acting Chair of the French Language Program at the same institution.

In 2007, Prof Shiyab received the College Best Performance Award for Excellence in Scholarship, recognizing his excellent scholarship. He is a member of various international organizations such as Babel’s editorial board, Chartered Institute of Linguists, London, UK, Higher Council for Translation, Arab League, among others. He is a Language Consultant and Translation Test Assessor for Xerox Global Knowledge and Language Services.

Besides the many articles published in well refereed journals, Dr. Shiyab published books including, but not limited to the following:

Translation: Concepts and Critical Issues (2017)

Writing Business Letters Across Languages (2015)

Flowers in the Desert (2014)

Translation and the Structure of Argumentation (2013)

Globalization and Aspects of Translation (2010)

A Textbook of Translation: Theoretical and Practical Implications (2006)



Dr Shiyab served as the Graduate Studies Director in the MCLS Department at Kent State University (2016-2019); he has also been teaching in the MA and PhD programs since 2014. Prof. Shiyab’s main interest are translation studies, systemic linguistics, translators’ training, translation assessment, discourse analysis, among other interests.


intercultural/interpersonal misunderstanding, mutual understanding

Research Institutes and Initiatives

Global Understanding Research Initiative