The School of Arts & Sciences

Department of Humanities

Nada Saab

Dr. Nada Saab is an associate professor of Arabic studies in the Department of Humanities, and an affiliate of the Comparative Literature Program.

The fields of her research include medieval Sufi literature and theory. She has produced critical editions of medieval Sufi manuscripts including Sufism, Black and White: A Critical Edition of Kitāb al-Bayāḍ wa-l-Sawād by Abū l-Ḥasan al-Sīrjānī (d. ca.470/1077), published by Brill. She is currently producing a critical edition of epistles by the famed ninth century Sufi master Abu Sa’id l-Kharraz. Her studies also include embodiments of Sufi heritage in modern Arabic literature specifically drama.

Her other domain of research focuses on modern Arabic drama. She has published several translations of plays by ‘Issam Mahfouz, Sa’d Allah Wannus and Jawad al-Asadi, many of which have premiered on stages in Beirut, New York and Chicago. A reader on Sa’d Allah Wannus which includes translations of several of his plays, essays and interviews is currently being printed by Yale University Press. She is currently authoring a book on political theater of the Levant under contract by Brill.

Selected publications

Books

  1. Forthcoming: Robert Myers and Nada Saab: Sentence to Hope: The Sa’dallah Wannous Reader, in print, Yale University Press, expected publication 2018.
  2. Forthcoming: Nada Saab and Robert Myers: Modern and Contemporary Levantine Theater Four Major Dramatists, under contract, Brill, Leiden.
  3. Ed. Bilal Orfali and Nada Saab: Sufism, Black and White: A Critical Edition of Kitāb al-Bayāḍ wa-l-Sawād by Abū l-Ḥasan al-Sīrjānī (d. ca. 470/1077), Brill, Leiden, 2012, 570 pp.

Chapters in Books:

  1. “Sufi Negotiation of the Qur’anic Text and its Prophetic Stories in the Literature of Abū Saʿīd al-Kharrāz” (d. 286/899), in The Qur’an and Adab: The Shaping of Literary Traditions in Classical Islam. Ed. Nuha Shaar, Oxford University Press, 2016, pp. 475-493.
  2. “The Many Faces of Religion in Sa’dallah Wannous’s Tuqus al-Isharat wa-l-Tahawwulat” in Four Plays from Syria:  Sa’dallah Wannous, Ed. Marvin Carlson and Safi Mahfouz. New York: Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Publications, The Graduate Center, CUNY, 2014, pp. 249-266.
  3. Tr. Nada Saab and Robert Myers: Rituals of Signs and Transformations, by Saʿd Allah Wannūs  in Theater of Sa’dallah Wannus. Ed. Marvin Carlson.  New York: Martin E. Segal Theater Center, CUNY Graduate Center, 2104, pp. 267-393.

Articles in Refereed Journals:

  1. Nada Saab and Robert Myers: “Revolutionary Theatre of the Absurd from the Arab World; Issam Mahfouz’s The Dictator in PAJ Journal for Performance Arts, MIT University Press, Volume 37, January 2015, pp. 94-96.
  2. Tr. Robert Myers and Nada Saab: “The Dictator by Issam Mahfouz” in PAJ Journal for Performance Arts, MIT University Press, Volume 37, January 2015, pp. 97-125.
  3. Robert Myers and Nada Saab: “Sufism and Shakespeare: The Poetics of Personal and Political Transformation in Sa’d Allah Wannus’s Tuqus al-Isharat wa-l-Tahawwulat” in Theater Research International, Cambridge University Press, Volume 38 – Special Issue 02, July 2013, pp. 124-136.
  4. Tr. Nada Saab and Robert Myers: “Baghdadi Bath by Jawad al-Asadi,” in PAJ Journal for Performance Arts, MIT University Press, Volume 30, No. 2, May 2008, pp. 112-123. 

Performances of the translated and adapted Rituals of Signs and Transformations:

Academic degrees


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