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writer , English and Arabic language educator

Yahya Abdurrahman Abu-Risha, Jordanian English and Arabic language educator, writer. Recipient scholarship American Friends of the Middle East, 1957, Harvard University, 1957, State University of New York, 1959, British Council, 1963. Member Modern Language Association, Royal Arts Society Jordan, Malayan Nature Society, National Geographic Society.


Abu-Risha, Yahya Abdurrahman was born on March 10, 1933 in Shweika, Tulkarm, Jordan. Arrived in Malaysia, 1989. Son of Abdurrahman Amin and Amnah Ali (Taqtaq) Abu-R.


Bachelor in English, Damascus University, 1956. Doctor of Philosophy in English and Arabic, Istanbul University and London University, Turkey and England, 1966.


Teacher Arabic, English, agriculture, mathematics, education at secondary schools and colleges various countries, 1953-1962. Chancellor Chilian Legation, 1955, Arab Bank, 1957. Translator in various countries, 1953-1994.

Broadcaster Arabian American Oil Company, British Broadcasting Corporation, Dhahran and London, 1953-1966. Assistant professor Jordan University, Amman, 1966-1975, head of English department, 1972-1973, member faculty council, 1970-1975. Associate professor Riyadh University, Saudi Arabia, 1975-1977.

Professor Aleppo (Syria) University, 1977-1989. Professor International Institute Islamic Thought and Civilization International Islamic University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 1989-1992, professor emeritus Malaysia, since 1992. Retired, since 1992; free lance writer, editor, since 1993.

Chairman Aleppo University of Science and Medical Encyclopedia Dictionary ad hoc committee, 1978-1980.


  • Other Work

    • Author: Poetic Translations, 1956, The Aqrabaadhin in Arabic Medicine, 1978, Twentieth Century English Poetry, Victorian English Poetry, 1979, Practical Translation, 2 vols., 1980, The Days of the Week, 1984, 1st Series Lecturers on Shakespeare, 1984, 2d Series Lecturers on Shakespeare, 1985, Colour in Shakespeare. Assistant co-editor: Jordan University Journal, 1967-1975.

      Simultaneous interpreter for numerous international conference, since 1956. Guest poet International Poetry Reading Festival, Malaysia, 1990, elected dean of poets. Discovered computerized prime numbers, new logarithmic laws, several limits in mathematics, etc.


Member Modern Language Association, Royal Arts Society Jordan, Malayan Nature Society, National Geographic Society.


  • Other Interests

    Reading, writing, music, computers, mathematics.


Married Summer A. Kobbei'a, July 27, 1964. Children: Azal, Leila, Ma'an, Mohammad, Maryam, Khiratullah. Married Zainab Sohor.

Abdurrahman Amin Abu-R.

Amnah Ali (Taqtaq) Abu-R.

Summer A. Kobbei'a

Zainab Sohor.

Azal Abu-Risha

Leila Abu-Risha

Ma'an Abu-Risha

Mohammad Abu-Risha

Maryam Abu-Risha

Khiratullah Abu-Risha