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Cheikh Saadbouh Cheikh Abdi Vall

Instructor B in the Department of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies
Asian & Middle Eastern Studies
Office hours Tuesday:

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM 

JHFC Room C35  


Cheikh Saadbouh, also, known (as Saad Elhady) is an Arabic Instructor at Duke University, teaching elementary and intermediate Arabic courses. Former visiting lecturer in Arabic at UNC. He obtained a Bachelor's degree in Islamic and Arabic Studies from the Higher Institute for Islamic Studies and Research in Mauritania, as well as a Bachelor's degree in Law from the University of Nouakchott. He also earned a Master's degree in Philosophy and Theology in North and West Africa from al-Qarawiyyin University in Morocco.

Saad specials in Classical Arabic, with ACTFL OPI Certification in Modern Standard Arabic, and he is fluent in several dialects. In addition to his teaching experience, he has worked as a journalist and editor and has presented talks and interviews on Arabic culture and literature. He is also the coordinator of the Arabic Halaqa at Duke University and is involved in several projects related to teaching Arabic online.

He also worked as a research assistant with some professors and Ph.D. students at Wellesley College and Harvard University.

In addition to his passion for Arabic, he has a keen interest in both classical and contemporary Islamic thought, with a particular focus on the application of al-maqassid in modern societies.

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Instructor B in the Department of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies · 2017 - Present Asian & Middle Eastern Studies, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences

Education, Training & Certifications

University of al-Qarawiyyin (Morocco) · 2013 M.A.