Ahmed Nafea Alharbi

Ahmed Nafea Alharbi

Department of Modern Languages
Doctoral researcher

Contact details

University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

PhD Title: A Comprehensive Approach to the Translation of Figures of Comparison in Contemporary Self-Help Genre 

Supervisors: Professor Emma Tyler and Dr Sofia Malamatidou


  • 2011 MA in Arabic-English Translation and Interpreting, University of Salford, Manchester, United Kingdom.
  • 2006 BA (Honors) Department of European Languages & Literature: English, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.


2007 - Present Lecturer, Department of English Language and Translation, College of Languages and Translation, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Since graduating with honors in English literature and linguistics from king Abdul-Aziz University, I have been working as a teacher of English language and translation in the College of Languages and Translation at king Saud University. I have taught various translation courses such as Computer Applications in Translation, Translation in the Field of Administration and Translation in the Field of Computer Science.


My PhD research project sets out to address the need for a systematic treatment and methodical analysis of the problems and challenges associated with  the translation of figurative language in general, and metaphors and similes in particular, in contemporary American self-help books on marriage relationships.

Other activities

  • 2008 Interpreter, King Abdulaziz and His Companions Foundation for Giftedness and Creativity, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
  • 2006 English Language Teacher, Institute of Direct English, Alkhaleej Training and Education Company, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
  • 2005 Interpreter, 1st Islamic Solidarity Games, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.