American University of Beirut

Ramzi Baalbaki



A professor at AUB since 1978 and the current Margaret Weyerhaeuser Jewett Chair of Arabic, Ramzi Baalbaki has published ten books, seven critical editions and studies of classical Arabic sources, four edited volumes, and about eighty articles in internationally refereed journals. His works, both in Arabic and in English, on Arabic lexicography, Arabic linguistics, history of Arabic grammar, comparative Semitics, and the history of the Arabic script have enriched the scholarly study of these fields and contributed immeasurably to a more nuanced understanding of the Arabic language. His books include The Legacy of the Kitāb: Sībawayhi's Analytical Methods within the Context of the Arabic Grammatical Theory (Brill, 2008) and The Arabic Lexicographical Tradition from the 2nd/8th to the 12th/18th Century (Brill, 2014). He has also co-authored, with his late father Mounir Baalbaki, the famous English-Arabic dictionary, al-Mawrid, and its comprehensive counterpart, al-Mawrid al-Akbar (Beirut, 2005).

Professor Baalbaki served as Associate Dean of FAS from 1997 till 2004 and has received numerous honors and awards during his ongoing career.  He was awarded the 1999 Prize for Humanities by the Abdel Hadi al-Dibs Foundation and received the 2010 King Faisal International Prize for Arabic Language and Literature. He is also the Chair of the Academic Council of the Doha Historical Dictionary of the Arabic Language.

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