Dr. Abdullah Owaiqil Al-Sulami is the president of the Jeddah Literary Cultural Club and an Arabic language professor at the King Abdul Aziz University’s (KAU) college of arts and humanities in the city.
Al-Sulami received his bachelor’s degree in Arabic from Riyadh’s Imam Muhammad ibn Saud Islamic University (IMSIU), in 1984. He worked as an assistant teacher at IMSIU for nearly two years, and in 1988 obtained a master’s degree in syntax and morphology from the university’s college of Arabic language where he later became a lecturer.
In 1996, Al-Sulami gained a Ph.D. in the same field of study and was promoted to assistant professor at IMSIU. In 2005, he was appointed as an associate professor at KAU and five years later progressed to the role of professor.
From 1990 to 1993, Al-Sulami was the vice director of the Institute for Arab and Islamic Sciences in Nouakchott, Mauritania and between 1997 and 2000 he worked as the vice director of the Islamic and Arabic Sciences Institute in Jakarta, Indonesia.
He was head of the Arabic language department at KAU from 2004 to 2008.
Al-Sulami was tasked by the Muslim World League (MWL) to teach Arabic in Libreville, Yaounde, and Brazzaville, the capital cities of Gabon, Cameroon, and Congo, respectively.
In 2000, he sat on a number of committees responsible for designing Arabic curricula for non-Arabic-speaking students in Malaysia, Indonesia, and Singapore. Al-Sulami’s Twitter handle is @aanzs1417.