American Univesity of Beirut

Rana Issa

Rana, Issa 
Assistant Professor (on leave)
Ph.D. (University of Oslo); MA (AUB)

In studies of the Nahda, Rana Issa has been most interested in the translation of foundational texts as a way to interrogate three aspects of the literary landscape of Arab modernity: 1) the linguistic impact of translation on the styles and genres of written Arabic 2) the dependence of conceptual transfers on key (foundational) texts and 3) the emergence of translation as a technology of choice for the elaboration of a discourse on globalization. Her doctoral work on the Bible explores how translation emerged as a tool of synchronization in the nineteenth century. This interest has triggered specific interests in temporal concepts of origin, tradition, newness, progress, belatedness and acceleration. Some of her recent publications include “The Arabic Language and Syro-Lebanese National Identity: Searching in Buṭrus al-Bustānī’s Muḥīṭ al-Muḥīṭ.”  “Rakākah and the Petit Quarrel of 1871: Christian Authors and the Competition over Arabic.” “The Fallibility of Tradition in al-Shidyāq: The Case of Islam.” And “Missionary Philology and the Invention of Bibleland.” She has also published translations of the Syrian author Yassin Hajj Saleh. She is an Assistant Professor in Translation Studies at the Department of English and is affiliated with the Department of Arabic and Near Eastern Languages, and is a member of CELERT since Spring 2017.

Courses she has taught include: 

ENGL  326    Adv.Translat.Theory & Practice
ENGL  313A​  Literature and Translation
ENGL  262    Translating the Nahda
ENGL  255D Trans:Trans &Solidarity​ ​
ENGL  ​233    Introduction to Translation Studies 

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