Shaw Dallal - Colgate University - Faculty Directory

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Juris Doctor, Cornell University

Teaching Experience

I have been teaching Arabic as part of the Middle Eastern Studies and Islamic Civilization program at Colgate since 2005. I instituted a course in Islamic jurisprudence at Colgate and have been teaching it since 2006. I was an adjunct professor of international business management and international economics at Utica College of Syracuse University from 1985 to 2001. From 1991 to 2004, I was an adjunct professor of political science at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University and in its honor program, and I taught and instituted the Arabic language program for the department of Languages at Syracuse University from 2001 to 2004. Previously, I lectured at Cornell University Law School on Islamic jurisprudence (1985-1986). 


International business, international law, Middle East studies, fiction author, novels and short stories

Professional Experience

Have engaged in extensive business experience, including offshore drilling, transportation and industry over a span of more than thirty years, commencing in 1974.  Engaged in the practice of law for a period of eight years and was law clerk for New York Supreme Court Justice Richard Cardamone from 1963 to 1967.  Was Legal Advisor to the Organization of Arab Oil Producing Countries from 1972 to 1974.  Have been advising, helped institute, and sit on the Board of Trustees of the newly founded medical school of Universidad Dominican, O & M, In the Dominican Republic, in cooperation with Harvard Medical International.  Advising a group of educators in India in instituting a new university in India, in cooperation with several United States universities, including Colgate University.


  • Scattered Like Seeds: A Novel, 1999, Syracuse University Press
  • The Rape of Rose-Anne Riley: A Novel, published 2010
  • Wrote and published several short stories, including "A Massacre at The Orchard," MIZNA, 2004
  • Wrote and published several scholarly articles in political science and international law journals on issues pertaining to the Middle East, including, "Israeli Human Rights Violations and Palestinian Violence," 1986, Vol 14, Syracuse Journal of International Law and Commerce, "International Law and The United Nations Role in The Gulf Crisis, 1992, Vol. 18, Syracuse Journal of International Law and Commerce, "The Palestinian Israeli Peace, 1996, Vol. 22, Syracuse Journal of International Law and Commerce, "Islamic Jurisprudence," The Search, Vol 7, 1985.
  • Published several short articles and letters to the editor in The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, National Review, The Houston Chronicle and others.


Have traveled to more than 80 countries on business activities. Born and lived in Palestine until the age of 14; lived and worked in Kuwait from 1972 to 1991.

Board Membership

Former member  and Chairman of the Board of Oceanic Offshore Drilling, Kuwait, former Chairman on the Board of the New Hartford Public Library, Member of the Board of Universidad Dominicana, O&M Medical School.