Joseph Zeidan

Joseph  Zeidan

Joseph Zeidan

Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures

614 292-9405

327 Hagerty Hall

Areas of Expertise

  • Modern Arabic Literature
  • Cultural Studies
  • Feminist Theory


  • Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley, 1982
  • M.A., Hebrew University, 1975
  • B.A., Hebrew University, 1968
Dr. Zeidan specializes in modern Arabic and Hebrew literature, as well as intellectual trends in the modern Arab World.  In 1989-1990, he received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to conduct research in Egypt on the Levantine Theatre.  His book, Arab Women Novelists: The Formative Years and Beyond was named an Outstanding Academic Book for 1995 by Choice magazine.  The second edition of his Bibliography of Women's Literature in the Modern Arab World is forthcoming. In addition, he was the recipient of The Ohio State University Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching (1994), as well as an Award for Outstanding Achievement in the field of Education from the Arts and Sciences Student Council (1995).

Dr. Zeidan is currently working on a book about the canonization of the Arab theater from the years 1876-1919 and also a comparative study about the quest for national identity in Arabic and Hebrew.