The School of Arts & Sciences

Department of Humanities

Nada Saab

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

Her research interests include medieval Sufi literature and theory, as well as the embodiments of this Sufi heritage in modern Arabic literature. Her critical editions of newly discovered medieval Sufi manuscripts and studies about their significance are forthcoming. She is also involved in the translation of modern Arabic dramatic works to English.

Selected publications

  1. Sufism, Black and White: A Critical Edition of Kitāb al-Bayāḍ wa-l-Sawād by Abū l-Ḥasan al-Sīrjānī (d. ca.470/1077), edited by Bilal Orfali and Nada Saab, Brill, 2012.
  2. Baghdadi Bath by Jawad al-Asadi, translated by Nada Saab and Robert Myers. PAJ, A Journal of Performance and Art. May 2008, Volume 30, No. 2, 112-123.
  3. Staged productions of the play Baghdadi Bath in association with Actors Without Borders-ITONY run from March 12-15 at La MaMa Theater, New York, 2009.
  4. Two staged readings of the same play were produced by New York Theater Workshop at Vassar College and Dartmouth in 2006.
  5. “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.
  6. Rituals of Signs and Transformations, by Saʿd Allah Wannūs. tr. Robert Myers and Nada Saab in Four Plays from Syria: Sa’dallah Wannous, ed. Marvin Carlson. New York: Maryin E. Segal Theater Center, CUNY Graduate Center, 2104, pp. 267-393.

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


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