Collegiate Affiliation

A native of Egypt, Ali Mohamed is a transplant to Minnesota from Bloomington, IN. Before coming to the U and the Gopher State, Ali served as an associate instructor at Indiana University’s Arabic Flagship Program and the Summer Language Workshop where he taught different levels of Arabic and the Egyptian dialect as well as courses on Islam and the Middle East. He also taught Arabic for several years in the full-immersion Arabic summer school at Middlebury College in Vermont.

Ali earned his MA from the George Washington University in 2017 where he worked as a teaching assistant in the Religion Department. In Washington DC, he also interned at a number of reputable think tanks in DC including the Atlantic Council and the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington. 

Ali holds a BA in Islamic Studies and Translation from Al Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt where he studied classical and modern standard Arabic and later worked as a tenure-track teaching assistant. He also received two certificates in Middle Eastern Affairs and Journalism and New Media from the American University in Washington DC. His professional work includes teaching Arabic as a foreign language, second-language acquisition, curriculum development and translation, and his research explores the triad of religion, language, and politics in the Middle East, with special focus on the intersections of Quranic studies, modernity and decoloniality. 

Educational Background & Specialties
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Educational Background

  • MA: Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, The George Washington University, 2017
  • Certificate: Journalism and New Media, American University, 2015
  • Certificate: Middle East Affairs, American Univeristy, 2014
  • BA: Islamic Studies and Translation, School of Languages and Translation, Al Azhar University, 2013
  • Certificate: Written Translation, The American University in Cairo, 2010


  • Teaching Arabic as a foreign language
  • Arabic pedagogy
  • Qura'nic studies
  • Medieval and modern Muslim intellectual history
  • Islam and modernity
  • Islam in an age of globality
  • Global studies
  • Translation studies