Nasir Al-Din Al-Asad was born in Aqaba (Jordan) in 1923. He obtained BA and Ph.D. degrees in Arabic Language from Fuad Al-Awal University in Cairo and lectured at the Arab University and Institute for Research and Studies in Cairo before returning to his country to assist establish the Jordanian University. He was Professor of Arabic Language and Literature, Dean of the College of Arts and twice President of that University. He is also the President of Ahlia (Private) University in Jordan.
Professor Al-Asad is a distinguished intellectual, with significant contributions to the study of Arabic literature during pre-Islamic and early Islamic eras. This is best illustrated by his book The Sources of Pre-Islamic Arabic Poetry and their Historical Importance (in Arabic). He has also written extensively on modern literary arts in Jordan and Palestine and on various aspects of Arabic language, history and Islamic studies. In addition, he edited five books and translated Antonius’s The Arab Awakening jointly with Ihsan Abbas.
Aside from his diverse cultural and intellectual pursuits, Professor Al-Asad held several prestigious offices in the Jordanian Government including his appointment as President of the Royal Jordanian Academy for Research on the Islamic Civilization, Jordan’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia and Minister of Higher Education.
Professor Al-Asad is Honorary Professor at the Jordanian University. He also serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Israa University and Abd Al-Hamid Shuman Prize. In addition to the King Faisal International Prize for Arabic Literature, he received numerous awards, national decorations and memberships of learned institutions including Arabic Language academies in Cairo, Amman, Damascus and Morocco, the Aligarh Islamic Academy in India and the International Advisory Council of Al-Furqan Islamic Heritage Foundation in London.