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Abdoul Aziz Gaye

Abdoul Aziz Gaye

Lecturer in Arabic


Education:

  1. Ph.D. in Arabic Language, Literature and Civilization, University of Geneva, Switzerland
  2. Master in Arabic Language, Literature and Civilization, University of Geneva, Switzerland
  3. Licence (B.A.) in Arabic studies and History of Religions, University of Geneva, Switzerland
  4. Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching Arabic Language for non-native Speakers, King Saud University, Riyad, Saudi Arabia.
  5. Licence (B.A.) in Arabic language, University of Medina, Saudi Arabia.

Biography:

Dr. Abdoul Aziz Gaye is a Canadian and Senegalese researcher, translator, and Arabic language educator who embraces multiculturalism in all aspects of life, and has been immersed in several countries in the Middle East, Europe and North America over nearly 3 decades.  Growing up in multilingual Senegal, speaking Wolof and French, he began his lifelong journey studying the Arabic language as a small child. He continued his higher education in Saudi Arabia, earning his Licence (Bachelor’s) in Arabic Language from the University of Medina, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching Arabic for Non-Native Speakers from King Saud University. He then spent 12 years in Europe to receive a B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. in Arabic Language, Literature and Civilization from the University of Geneva, Switzerland.

His love for languages and global cultures led him to a passion for research in the fields of Middle Eastern and African Studies, World Religions, Religious Fundamentalism and Violent Extremism. In 2015, Dr. Gaye co-founded the Timbuktu Institute in Dakar, Senegal, to address the issue of violent extremism in Africa; he served as their Director of Research for two years. He has published several articles in English, Arabic and French, ranging from peer-reviewed academic papers addressing violent jihadism to opinion pieces on current events. Dr. Gaye has taught Arabic Language and World Religions at Nazareth College in Rochester, NY. He is enthused to now share his experience, knowledge and skill with his students and colleagues at Penn State University.

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION

  • Arabic Language, Literature and Culture
  • World Religions
  • Religious & Fundamentalism
  • African Studies
  • Islamic Studies