Monday, February 1, 2016

Top 20 (Alternative) Arabic Songs of 2015 Spotlighted on Arabology
The Jan 29, 2015 episode of 'Arabology' counted down the Top 20 (alternative) Arabic Songs by some of the Arab world's most groundbreaking musicians in 2015.  You can download or listen to the podcast below or at

Here is the playlist from the show beginning with number 20 and ending with the number 1 song for 2015:

Sunday, January 31, 2016

اعلان برنامج «عربولوجي» عن أفضل 20 اغنية عربية بديلة لعام 2015

في 29 كانون الثاني (يناير) الجاري، أعلن البرنامج الثقافي Arabology، الذي يقدّمه الدكتور رمزي سلطي عبر إذاعة KZSU التابعة لجامعة «ستانفورد» في كاليفورنيا، عن أفضل 20 أغنية عربية لعام 2015. القائمة أُنجزت بناءً على استطلاع أجري في الجامعة، بمشاركة الطلاب ومستمعي البرنامج أيضاً.
الأغنيات تنتمي إلى الموسيقى البديلة والمستقلة، وتضم «عم بشبه حالي» للبناني نيكولاس شلهوب، و«العشق حالة» لفرقة «جنان» المصرية، و«من غير رفيق» لمحمود بدراوي (مصر) و«عدّي يا غيم» لعزيز مرقة (الاردن)، و«مغاوير» لـ«مشروع ليلى» (لبنان)، إضافة إلى أغنيات لتريز سليمان (فلسطين)، وسعاد ماسي (الجزائر)، و«أمين أيوبي» (المغرب)، وهوا دافي (الجولان)، و«المربّع» (الأردن)، و«ريّس بك» (لبنان)، وعبد الرحمن محمد ومهاب عمر (السعودية)، وكبريت (اليمن وألمانيا)، و«البصمة العربية» (سوريا)، وغيرها. 
يمكنكم الاستماع الى البرنامج او تنزيله عبر الرابط أدناه:

Friday, January 29, 2016

Arabology Interviews Mona Damluji, Associate Dean + Director of the Markaz Resource Center at Stanford

Dr. Ramzi Salti with Dr. Mona Damluji at Stanford

Arabology has just interviewed Mona Damluji, Associate Dean and Director of The Markaz: Resource Center at Stanford University, who spoke about her background, work, research, experience, identity, and her relationship with the Arabic language.  She also highlighted her upcoming talk at Stanford University on Feb 3, 2016.   You can listen or download the interview below or at

Mona is a liberal arts educator, cultural activist and scholar with expertise in the Arab Middle East and broader Muslim World.  Mona received her PhD from the University of California, Berkeley and was the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Asian & Islamic Visual Culture at Wheaton College in Massachusetts.

Mona regularly curates and organizes exhibits and programs featuring the work of artists and activists linked to Muslim and Arab communities and countries. Major recent projects have included "Open Shutters Iraq" at UC Berkeley and "Arab Comics: 90 Years of Popular Visual Culture" at Brown University. Mona has worked as the educational outreach director for the Arab Film Festival, organizing an annual festival screening for students and teachers in San Francisco, Oakland and Berkeley. Her exhibition and book reviews appear in Jadaliyya, AMCA and the International Journal of Islamic Architecture. Mona's publications also appear in the Journal of Urban History, Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East, and Subterranean Estates: the Life Worlds of Oil and Gas.

Mona will be speaking at Stanford on Feb 3, 2016 about "Baghdad's Deep Dilemma: Sectarianism and Urban Segregation under Occupation." Her talk will discuss the sectarian-based segregation that has shaped urbanism in Baghdad is a direct outcome of the 2003 U.S.-led invasion and occupation of Iraq. The "post"-occupied city is characterized by the normalization of concrete “security” blast-walls that choke urban circulation and sever communities. The notorious blast walls -- or "Bremer Walls" -- perpetuate and intensify conditions of urban segregation. As the summer's surge of anti-government protests in Baghdad demonstrate, the short-sighted nature of this militarized solution to sectarian-based violence has proven to be a superficial and unsustainable fix to the deep dilemma of sectarian segregation codified in Iraq’s political system. This presentation will examine the context for recent public dissent on the streets of Baghdad through the story of the capital city's fragmentation between 2006 and 2007.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Arabology Interviews Rabih Alameddine
I am truly honored to share this interview with Lebanese American writer Rabih Alameddine which I recorded in a quaint San Francisco café along with my dynamic co-host Nadia Barhoum (whose thoughtful questions made for a spectacular interview).

Click below or on this link to listen or download:

Rabih Alameddine is the author of the novels Koolaids, and I, the Divine, The Hakawati, the story collection, The Perv, and most recently, An Unnecessary Woman. He was the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2002 and was the 2014 California Book Awards Gold Medal Fiction winner and the 2014 National Book Critics Circle Award finalist for his latest book, An Unnecessary Woman. For more info see

Listen or download the interview at

Friday, January 15, 2016

Arabology Interviews Interview Lena Zubaid, Creator of 'Open Your World' Documentary

Arabology recently interviewed Kuwaiti visual artist Lena Zubaid about her photography and her "Open Your World" documentary which is available for viewing at
Lena, a Masters student at San Jose State University, wrote, filmed, edited, directed, and produced this documentary about the experiences of Gulf Arab students in America. The film (available on YouTube) features interviews with six Kuwaitis and four Saudi Arabians who have had to confront certain stereotypes in the United States.

Lena Zubaid's film is available below or at

For more info about Lena Zubaid, see

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