Professor Muhammad Adnan Bakhit Al-Sheyyab was born on January 15, 1941 in Mahis, Jordan. He obtained a Diploma in Education and a BA in History in 1963, and an MA in Islamic History in 1965 from the American University in Beirut (AUB), and Ph.D. in Islamic History from School of Oriental and African Studies at London University in 1965. His academic career spans nearly half a century. Between 1963-1966,he was a research assistant at AUB. In 1966, he joined the Jordanian University Faculty of Arts, becoming full professor of history since 1983. He also spent an academic semester as Visiting Researcher at Princeton University (1977-1978). During his tenure at the Jordanian University, Professor Bakhit Al-Sheyyab has also held several academic and administrative positions. He was Dean for Scientific Research (1984-1989), Chairman of the Translation Committee (1984-1989), Acting Director of the Center for Strategic Studies (1985-1989), Vice-Rector for Planning and Community Service (1989-1990), Vice-Rector for Faculties of Humanities (1990-1991) and Rector of Mo’ta University (1991-1993). Between 1993-2001, he founded the Al-Albait University and served as its Rector. He also founded and Chaired the Documents and Manuscripts Center and the Bilad al-Sham Conference at the Jordanian University.
Professor Bakhit Al-Sheyyab is a member of many national and international committees and humanitarian institutions and was chief editor of al-Nadwa, published by the Foreign Affairs Society, Dirasat, published by the Jordanian University and The Jordanian Journal of History and Archaeology and Chairman of the UNESCO’s Committee which produced volume 4 of “History of Humanity (from 7th to 14th Century A.D.). He is a Member of the Jordanian Arabic Language Academy, Corresponding Member of the Syrian Arabic Language Academy and Member of the Executive Committee of the Royal Academy of Islamic History Research (Al-albait Foundation) in Amman, Jordan.
Professor Bakhit Al-Sheyyab’s profundity and depth of knowledge are reflected in his publications and contributions to numerous national and international conferences. Of particular importance is his 3-volumed book: “Studies into the History of Bilad ash-Sham (today’s Palestine, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon)” which deals with profoundly important aspects of the economic and social history of those countries. Professor Bakhit al-Sheyyab’s studies derive from different sources including documents of Ottoman archives and records of Sharia courts and churches, as well as conventional sources, and provide new and influential information, thereby founding a new Arabic school in this field.
Professor Mohammad Adnan Bakhit Al-Sheyyab has been awarded the Prize for his 3- volume book: “Studies into the History of 81/ad ash-Sham (today’s Palestine, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon)” which deals with profoundly important aspects of the economic and social history of those countries. Bakhit al-Sheyyab’s studies derive from different sources including documents of Ottoman archives and records of Sharia courts and churches, as well as conventional sources. The author applied statistical and graphical methods and obtained new and influential information, thereby founding a new Arabic school in this field.