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Bilal Maanaki

Senior Lecturer

Office Address: 125 New Cabell Hall
Office Hours: M/T/W 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM


BA in Philosophy- American University of Beirut.
Dilploma in Acting from the Institute of Fine Arts- Lebanese University.
MA in Higher and Post-Secondary Education -University of Michigan.
MA in Near Eastern Languages & Cultures -Indiana University
PhD Student in Near Eastern Languages & Cultures- Indiana University
PhD Student in Communication & Culture - Indiana University


Right now I am working on Arabic love poetry especially the work of Majnun Layla. I am interested in the circulation of love in poetic forms from the 9th century into the early 20th century. I am looking into the cultural and political aspects that shaped the rise of this genre and the impact of the tools of propagation/storage on the circulation and reception of love themes.

Classical Arabic Poetry and Literature, Communication and Culture, Performance and Drama