My name is Naser al-Hujailan; I received my Ph.D. in Cultural Critique from Indiana University. My dissertation's title is "Worldviews of the peoples of the Arabian Peninsula: A Study of Cultural System". My research focus and interests include cultural systems which dictate people's personal vs. public lives, thought schemes, overall culture, religion, comparative literature, psychology, education, and politics. My first M.A is in Classical Arabic Literature and I have other two MAs, in Comparative Literature and in Educational Communication while my recent work in Ph.D. focused on both modern or elite and folk Arabic literature. Studying French and Persian has helped me get oriented with many cultural elements of each in order to immerse myself into the texts produced by these cultures. Comparing this work with others from the Arabic culture as well as English texts yielded various valuable points about the Arabic culture relative to others. This comparison shaped different conclusions in my PhD work.
I am currently assistant professor of Modern Literary Criticism in the Department of Arabic Language and its Literatures, King Saud University. I am teaching courses in the Contemporary Arabic Prose, Modern Arabic Poetry, English Text and Studies in Literature. While I was in the States, I had the chance to teach some courses including Middles Eastern Culture and People, Modern Arabic Literature, Arab Cultures and others at Indiana University (2002-2005). My recent book, The Character's Pattern in the Classical Arabic Proverbs: A Study of the Arab Cultural System, (al-Markaz al-Thaqaafii, 2008), is homogenate of literature, psychology, and folklore which all address my interests in the field.
I have several academic activities other than research and teaching: since spring 2008, I am the supervisor of the Literary Club in King Saud University, vice president of the Dialects and Folklore Association since 2007, and the editor of Cultural Discourse Journal since 2007. In addition, I am also a columnist in Riyadh News Paper. I enjoy writing as I find myself expressing my views as well as helping others in talking about different social problems that need to be addressed. I regard my writing as a social service that I highly value and certainly appreciate. I am also the director of Hamad al-Jasser Cultural Center which is a institute that prints books, fosters researchers, organizes seminars, and participates in cultural events. I also find my job at this cultural center very enjoyable as I find the services offered by the center highly valuable for the cultural movement in the Saudi society.