Ihsan al-Nuss, deputy president of the Arab Language Assembly - 1978

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Ihsan a-Nuss (1921-2012) studied pre-Islamic Arabic literature and philosophy at Cairo University, and graduated in 1946.

From 1946 to 1956, Nuss came back to Syria to teach at high schools, then returning to Cairo for his graduate studies in 1956.  In 1963, Nuss began to teach at Damascus University. In 1966, he became a visiting instructor at the University of Algeria where, along with a group of Arab academics, Nuss translated the Algerian curriculum from French into Arabic. He returned to teach in Syria in 1972. In 1978, Nuss became dean of the Faculty of Arts at Damascus University, where he authored 11 textbooks for high school students, on grammar and linguistics, all of which have become mandatory in the Syrian curriculum. From 1979 to 1989, he held the position of visiting professor at Kuwait University. In 1987-1988, he served as director of the Arabic Language Department at Kuwait University.

In 1979, Nuss joined the Arab Language Assemblage in Damascus. He conducted research for the institution and became deputy to its president, Shaker al-Fahham, in 1993. Nuss wrote extensively on the Umayyad Dynasty and on Islamic history.