Hebah Hasan O Albiti

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BA (Taibah University)
MA (Marymount University)
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Thesis title
Social Change through Power of Imagination in Arabic Theatre: How the Raḥbānī Brothers’ Works Empowered their Audiences
Internal Supervisors
Dr Marlé Hammond & Professor Dina Matar


Heba Albeity is a Saudi fiction writer, researcher and journalist. She earned her Bachelors of Arts in English Language & Literature with the first rank of honour from Taibah University in Madinah (Saudi Arabia) in 2004. She won second place in the competition “Saudi Promising Writers in the USA” for one of her short stories in 2007. She earned her Master of Arts in Humanities (humanistic studies) from Marymount University in Arlington (Virginia, The USA) in 2010. Her graduate programme investigated the disciplines of history, art history, philosophy and literature. At the professional level, she has worked as a translator and editor for some international organisations, including the International Centre for Journalists (ICFJ) and others. She contributed as a columnist to many prominent Saudi papers such as Okaz and Al-Watan. She has been awarded Naji Naaman' Literary Prize (Creativity Prize) for the fifteenth cycle (2016-2017) in recognition of one of her poetic texts and became an honorary member of the Madison Naaman pour la Culture. Heba is a PhD student at the Department of Near & Middle East Languages & Cultures at SOAS, University of London. She is working on the socio-cultural role of theatre in Arab societies, employing the Rahbani Brother's Theatre as a model.

Research interests

  • Comparative Literature
  • Arabic Theatre
  • Arabic modern literature
  • Arabic Literature in English
  • Literary Studies

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