Rabia Bajwa Small
Assistant Professor


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Office Hours: By Appointment


Dr. Rabia Bajwa specializes in teaching Arabic as a foreign language. She has taught Arabic to non-native speakers at various universities and institutions over the past twenty years. She has taught Modern Standard Arabic, Classical Arabic and Qur’anic Arabic. Her research interests include Second Language Acquisition, Arabic Linguistics, and Qur’anic Studies.

Dr. Bajwa received her BA in Asian Studies from Mount Holyoke College in 2001 and her MA/PhD in Arabic Linguistics from Georgetown University in 2012.  She has studied Arabic in Damascus, Cairo, and Doha.   

Her dissertation, Divine Story-Telling as Self-Presentation: An Analysis of Surat-Al-Kahf, explores the application of Discourse Analysis to five Qur’anic narratives.  It presents an analytical framework on how God tells a story while advancing a cohesive reading of the five narratives.   

Dr. Bajwa is proficient in Arabic, Urdu, Punjabi, and Spanish

Dr. Bajwa joined the Zaytuna faculty in the Fall of 2022.


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