Thursday, October 25, 2012

Oct 25 Arabology Podcast ft Comic Dean Obeidallah + Calligrapher Arash Shirinbab

Check out my interview with Dean Obeidallah (who performed at Stanford on 10/26/12) during my Oct 25 podcast (right after the first song):

Show also included my conversation with Master Calligrapher of Arabic Arash Shirinbab:

Additionally the show includes great songs in this order:

Playlist for Arabology Thurs, 25 October 2012 3pm - 5pm DJ: Ramzi (Artist/ Track/ Album/ Label)

1. Samsa/ Alem Jdid (New World)/ Alem Jdid (New World)/ Skander Guetari
2. Interview with Dean Obeidallah/ Phone Interview/ Arabology/ KZSU
3. Mashrou' Leila/ Imm El Jacket/ Paleo Festival Village Du Monde 2012/ Disques Office
4. El Hamdaoui, Jalal/ Sidi H'bibi (My Master, My Love) Arabic Beat/ Putumayo World Music
5. Pangia/ Samra/ West Of East Vol. 5/ Pangia
6. Soultan, Ahmed/ Itim/ Arabic Beat/ Putumayo World Music
7. Interview with Calligrapher Arash Shirinbab/ Part 1/ Arabology/ KZSU
8. Egyptian Project/ Anta Ana/ Paleo Festival Village Du Monde 2012/ Disques Office
9. Interview with Calligrapher Arash Shirinbab/ Part 2/ Arabology/ KZSU
10. Omar Souleyman/ Hafer Gabrak Bidi/ Paleo Festival Village Du Monde 2012/ Disques Office
11. Aswat ticket giveaway/ promo/ Arabology/ KZSU
12. Aswat/ Tayr Al-Wirwar/ Classical And Folkloric Arabic Music/ Self
13. Massy, Mike/ Tannoura Maxi/ Tannoura Maxi (Soundtrack)/ Massy
14. Maraka, Aziz/ Amman/ Master Copy/ Cd Baby
15. Aburedwan, Ramzi/ Sans Adresse/ Reflections of Palestine/ Riverboat Records


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San Francisco Arab Heritage Month Celebration Today

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

'Axis of Light' Screening at The United Nations Film Festival at Stanford on 10/23

Axis of Light
(60 min) Algeria/France/Iran/Jordan/Lebanon/Tunisia/UK [watch trailer]
[buy tickets]
Thursday, 10/25, 4:00pm (Session XXIII)

Director: Nichola Bruce, Pia Getty
Producer: Pia Getty
Axis of Light is a poignant observation through the work of eight leading artists—
Rachid Koraichi, Jananne al-Ani, Etel Adnan, Shirin Neshat, Youssef Nabil, Mona
Hatoum, Mona Saudi and Ayman Baalbaki—to discover the beauty and mystery of the Middle East, which is often ignored, especially today where strife, anger and violence demand centre stage in our media, and where stereotypes and prejudices distort our view of this region. Through their eyes, the film moves between the worlds of both the East and the West and the past and present, exploring the meaning of their existence, identity, conflicts of sexuality, the isolation of woman and the fragility of home and place. It is a story of hope, but one that recognizes the power of expression, often against all odds.

Pia Getty’s film projects include Women Of Peace, a series of filmed conversations with women from around the world. Her first documentary, China Power—Art Now After Mao, received international success and critical acclaim in 2008. The film reveals China’s burgeoning and vibrant art scene, introducing the West to some of the country’s leading artists, including Ai Weiwei, Cao Fei, Wang Jianwei and Yuan Yong Ping. Shown at the Serpentine and Saatchi galleries in London, it was featured on Channel 4, Sky, Sundance France, ABC Australia, Ovation USA and has been acquired by the Asian Art Archives in Hong Kong. It also won Best Documentary at the HD Fest New York. It was during 1976 that Pia Getty’s connection to the Middle East began: “I saw through my friends’ eyes the turmoil that war and civil unrest in their countries created in them.”

Nichola Bruce works with the moving image and has made acclaimed films, dramas, installations and arts documentaries, including collaborations with artists such as Laurie Anderson The Human Face, Rachel Whiteread The Vienna Memorial and The Dramatic Art of Stephen Berkoff. She has also worked with Peter Gabriel on interactive music projects. Nichola was awarded a National Endowment for Science Technology and The Arts Fellowship UK creating theStrangeness of Seeing twenty-six moving image works on perception with Rebecca E Marshall. She continues to film Randometer; a lifelong experimental film archive.

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©2012 United Nations Association Film Festival (UNAFF)

Artwork by Edward Decker: Tribute to Fairuz and Dalida

This amazing artwork was made by Edward Decker as part of a project for his printing class in college.

It depicts two of the Arab world's most beloved Divas:  Fairuz and Dalida.  The sign with the ribbon in between indicates the 'Ashrafieh' neighborhood in Beirut, Lebanon.

(c) Edward Decker

I predict a rosy future for this amazing young artist and congratulate him on his creativity and dedication.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Dr. Ibrahim Salti to Receive AACE International Clinician Award

The AACE Board of Directors, meeting in Williamsburg, has confirmed that Dr. Ibrahim Salti (MD, PhD, FRCPC, FACP) will be the 2013 recipient of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists International Clinician Award. Congratulations for this important and richly-deserved recognition. The ceremony will take place in Phoenix next year.

Dr. Ibrahim Salti is a Professor and the Head of the Division of Endocrinology at Dept. of Internal Medicine at the American University of Beirut Medical Center.

New Course on Classical Arabic Poetry at Stanford this Winter

This winter, Professor Alexander Key will be teaching a course on 'Classical Arabic Poetry' at Stanford. This is the first time that such a course is offered and it will include readings in Arabic as well as assignments and discussions in English.

Here is more info:


COMPLIT 194A Tuesday/Thursday 3:15–5:05 • Winter 2013 Alexander Key •

The primary litmus test of proficiency in the Arabic language is, and has always been, a command of classical Arabic poetry. Study and memorize the great lines of Arabic poetry with a manual that has stood the pedagogical test of time from the eleventh century until today. Questions of literary merit, poetic technique, metaphor, and divine and human linguistic innovation are all raised by the text that we will read together. Readings in Arabic, assignments and discussion in English. Prerequisite: two years of Arabic at Stanford, or equivalent.

'Muhammad Legacy Of A Prophet' Film Available for Free Online Viewing

In our polarized climate filled with negative images and perceptions of Muslims, Unity Productions Foundation wants to provide its friends with a free resource to help counter misinformation and start a more positive dialogue about Muslims in America.

UPF’s film, Muhammad Legacy Of A Prophet, has already been viewed by over 150 million people worldwide, and is a proven tool to start meaningful dialogue while shattering stereotypes about Muslims. UPF is currently offering the film as a free resource both online and in DVD format, and I encourage you to watch the film for yourself.

Here’s how you can help UPF share their free resource and open minds:

1) Watch the film at or at
2) Share the film with others – Tweet it and post on Facebook

Watch the film that aired on PBS and worldwide to a television audience exceeding 150 million people.

The 'Unity Productions Foundation' web site is at

Saturday, October 20, 2012

October 18 Arabology Podcast ft Interview with Stanford Lecturer of Persian Shervin Emami

Shervin Emami (left) with DJ Ramzi on Arabology Oct 18, 2012
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The third episode of the third season of 'Arabology'--a radio show hosted by Dr. Ramzi Salti, Lecturer at Stanford University, showcasing (mostly alternative) music from the Arab world--aired on Oct 18, 2012 and featured a 2-part interview with Shervin Emami, Lecturer in Persian at Stanford, who discussed her academic background while showcasing a selection of songs from Iran.   Show also included a special segment on Jordanian 'alternative' music (with guest Ahmad Q) plus a slew of Arabic music tracks with commentary in English by DJ Ramzi.

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Playlist for Arabology Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 3pm - 5pm DJ: Ramzi S. (Artist/ Track/ Album/Label)

1. Maraka, Aziz/ Bent Ennas (Studio)/ Master Copy/ Cd Baby
2. El Khalil, Omeima/ Shab u Sabiye/ Ya/ Forward Music
3. Atlas, Natacha/ Taalet/ Paleo Festival Village Du Monde 2012--Moyen Orient/ Disques Office
4. Jadal/ Omr Jdeed 2/ Arabic Rocks/ Forward Music
5. Aburedwan, Ramzi/ Tahrir (Liberation)/ Reflections Of Palestine/ Riverboat Records
6. Egyptian Project/ Anta Ana/ Paleo Festival Village Du Monde 2012--Moyen Orient/ Disques Office
7. Pangia/ Samra / West Of East Vol. 5/ Pangia Vol 5
8. Ajram, Nancy/ Ya Banat/ Super Nancy/ Emi
9. Mashrou' Leila/ Imm El Jacket/ Paleo Festival Village Du Monde 2012--Moyen Orient/ Disques Office
10. Malhas, Hana & Yazan Rousan/ Trooh/ Shapeshift/ Hana Malhas
11. Saeid, Samira/ Saab Alyia (It's Hard For Me)/ Arabic Beat/ Putumayo World Music
12. Maalouf, Ibrahim/ Will Soon Be A Woman/ Paleo Festival Village Du Monde 2012/ Disques Office
13. Aswat/ Risala Min Taht Al-Maa'/ Classical And Folkloric Arabic Music/ Self Release
14. Saleh, Tania/ Omar & Ali/ Wehde/ Forward Music
15. Hayedeh/ Sayih Cheshmoon/ 40 Golden Hits of Hayedeh/ Taraneh Enterprise Inc
16. Interview with Shervin Emami/ Interview part 1/ Arabology/ KZSU
17. Band 127/ Peer Kharabat/ Pop Emergency/ Minor Key Records
18. Interview with Shervin Emami/ Interview part 2/ Arabology/ KZSU
19. Radio Tehran/ Bahar/ 88/ Sakkou Records
20. Ajram, Nancy/ Ady El Beida/ Super Nancy/ Emi
Jordanian Alternative Music Segment:
21. Maraka, Aziz/ Amman/ Master Copy/ Cd Baby
22. El Morabba3/ Ya Zein/ El Morabba3/ El Morabba3
23. Jadal/ Salma/ Arabic Rocks/ Forward Music
24. Commentary/Interview with Ahmad Qousi about Alternative Music Scene in Jordan
25. Rum Band/ Ya Ruh/ Ya Ruh/ emi Arabic
26. Zade/ Helweh ya baladi/ One Night in Jordan/ ONJ

Monday, October 15, 2012

Amman, Jordan - As Never Seen Before (time lapse - trailer)

Cinematography,Editing and Post Production by
Majd D.Selbi
Ahmed AL-Samra'ee

The Routledge Introduction to Qur'anic Arabic By Munther Younes

The Routledge Introduction to Qur'anic Arabic
By Munther Younes

The Routledge Introduction to Qur’anic Arabic is an innovative, text-based, language course designed for students interested in acquiring a foundation in Qur’anic and Classical Arabic.

Focused on enhancing comprehension and vocabulary acquisition, the book contains 40 lessons designed to be covered in about 40 hours of classroom instruction. Starting with the shorter suras of the Qur’an, such as al-fatia and those of the Juz’ ‘Amma, it utilizes their recurring vocabulary and grammatical structures to build a stable linguistic foundation for learners before moving on to more challenging and longer suras such as Yasin, Maryam and Yusuf.

Although the book is primarily designed for classroom use, the vocabulary and structures of the short suras, the accompanying audio recordings, and the activities found throughout the book will also be helpful for independent learners. The only prerequisite is knowledge of the Arabic writing system.

The audio material, which is available on the Routledge website, helps learners improve their pronunciation of individual sounds and develop their skills to syllabify Arabic words and phrases correctly in order to approximate that of native speakers.

Written by an experienced teacher, The Routledge Introduction to Qur’anic Arabic is an essential guide for instructors, students and anyone interested in developing their knowledge of Qur’anic Arabic.

To order click HERE

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Mashrou' Leila in Concert in Montreal on Oct 25

1220 Saint Catherine Street Montreal, QC H2L 3G6

Tickets on sale at:
Le National (only on Saturdays)
Or call:
(514) 812-5664
(514) 679-0799
(514) 582-3923

Born of a nocturnal encounter at the American University of Beirut in 2008, Mashrou’ Leila is a seven-member band that fuses the craftiness of a music workshop with the punch of stadium rock. With their distinct approach to
storytelling and orchestration, they have crafted some of the most melancholic ballads and raucous anthems in contemporary alternative Arabic music, and went on to perform them live at sold-out venues in Lebanon, Cairo, Amman, Paris, Amsterdam, Geneva and Serbia.

Their eponymous debut album and the 7al Romacy EP unfold like cinematographic fictions starring lovesick characters in desolate motels or wandering insomniacs in ghostly cities. At times quirky and playful, at others bitter and somber, the songs demonstrate the band’s great versatility in dealing with musical form, narrative, and social issues.

Concert is produced in collaboration with Charnobyl Voice

Also, thanks to LSA Concordia

Bahia Shehab: A Thousand Times No

Art historian Bahia Shehab has long been fascinated with the Arabic script for ‘no.’ When revolution swept through Egypt in 2011, she began spraying the image in the streets saying no to dictators, no to military rule and no to violence.

TED Fellow Bahia Shehab sends an important message through her street art in Cairo: “You can crush the flowers, but you can’t delay spring."

Dean Obeidallah at Stanford on October 26

The Muslim Students Awareness Network (MSAN) at Stanford University invites you to the Annual MSAN Comedy Show! The headline this year is comedian Dean Obeidallah, who has been featured on the Axis of Evil Comedy Tour, and has made appearances on NBC's Saturday Night Live, ABC's The View, and CNN.

The show will be held in CEMEX Auditorium (Knight Management Center 641 Knight Way, Stanford 94305) from 7:30-9:00 pm on Friday, October 26th, 2012. Doors open at 7:00pm. 

The purpose of MSAN is to foster cross cultural dialogue on issues that pertain to Muslims domestically and globally, and to promote awareness of the Islamic faith and culture to the entire Stanford community. The MSAN Comedy Show is one of many events MSAN hosts on campus to raise awareness in addition to panel discussions, informative lectures, cultural displays, the annual Islam Awareness Series, and more.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

October 11 Arabology Podcast ft. Interview with Stanford Professor/Documentary Filmmaker Miriam Abu Sharkh

The second episode of the third season of my 'Arabology' radio show featured my 3-part interview with Professor Miriam Abu Sharkh, director of the documentary Gaza: Tunnels to Nowhere and a Visiting Associate Professor at the Stanford Center for International Development (see Playlist below).

Playlist for Arabology Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 3pm - 5pm DJ: Ramzi S. (Artist/Track/Album/Label)

1. Egyptian Project/ Anta Ana/ Paleo Festival Village Du Monde 2012--Moyen Orient/ Disques Office
2. El Khalil, Omeima/ Daret El Kahweh/ Ya/ Forward Music
3. Mashrou' Leila/ Imm El Jacket/ Paleo Festival Village Du Monde 2012--Moyen Orient/ Disques Office
4. Interview with Professor Miriam Abu Sharkh Part 1
5. Dam/ Mali Huriye/ Paleo Festival Village Du Monde 2012--Moyen Orient/ Disques Office
6. Pangia/ The Night Is Beautiful/ West Of East Vol. 5/ Pangia Vol 5
7. Khalife, Marcel Sings Mahmoud Darwish/ The Stranger's Bed/ Fall Of The Moon/ Nagam Records Inc.
8. Saleh, Tania/ Wehde (Unity)/ Wehde/ Forward Music
9. Ajram, Nancy/ Hikayat El Deni/ N7/ Rotana
10. Interview with Professor Miriam Abu Sharkh Part 2
11. Banna, Rim/ A Time to Cry/ Jerusalem for us All/ GMJ
12. Broukar/ Mawal/ Paleo Festival Village Du Monde 2012--Moyen Orient/ Disques Office
13. Fairuz/ Kinna Nitlaqa (Ya Sneen)/ Mays El Reem/ EMI Arabia
14. Trio Joubran/ Nawwar/ Paleo Festival Village Du Monde 2012--Moyen Orient/ Disques Office
15. Sundy, Amar/ Camel Shuffle/ African Blues/ Putumayo World Music
16. Maalouf, Ibrahim/ Will Soon Be A Woman/ Paleo Festival Village Du Monde 2012-/ Disques Office
17. Interview with Professor Miriam Abu Sharkh Part 3
18. Anivolla, Alhousseini/ Talaouit/ Anewal/The Walking Man/ World Music Network

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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Stanford Professor H. Samy Alim Discusses 'Articulate While Black' on MSNBC

H. Samy Alim (right) on MSNBC on Oct 8, 2012

Dr. H. Samy Alim, the Egyptian American author of Articulate While Black was a guest on MSNBC's The Cycle on October 8, 2012 where he discussed just how interesting a linguistic figure President Obama is because of his ability to “code switch” between black and white speech patterns.

Here is the video clip from that impressive appearance followed by a short bio of Dr. Alim:

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H. Samy Alim is an Associate Professor in the Social Sciences, Humanities, and Interdisciplinary Policy Studies in Education (SHIPS) program faculty in Educational Linguistics and holds by courtesy appointments in Anthropology and Linguistics. His goal is to illuminate the relationships between language, race and ethnicity across a wide range of social, cultural and educational contexts. His research integrates rigorous linguistic analysis with in-depth, ethnographic engagement in local communities to contribute to theory and methodology in education, sociolinguistics, linguistic anthropology, and race and ethnic studies. Alim develops this knowledge with the twin goals of understanding how youth make sense of their social worlds and communities and helping them do so by impacting teacher preparation, pedagogy and policy. He has an interest in language, literacy, and youth culture, particularly Hip Hop Culture, and critical language awareness for socially marginalized and linguistically profiled populations.

Apply Now: Stanford University-Middle East/US Youth Leaders Summit (AMENDS)

Passionate about social, political, and economic change?
Do you want to promote mutual understanding and respect between the United States and the Middle East?
Are you currently working on an initiative addressing these issues...
... or have an innovative idea about how to do so?

Apply Now

2nd Annual AMENDS Summit
April 9 - 13, 2013
Stanford University

In the wake of recent events in the Middle East and United States, we have simultaneously witnessed the profound power of youth to drive positive local, regional, and global change; the overwhelming obstacles that stand in their way; and the necessity of greater collaboration, understanding, and mutual respect between our respective regions.

The American Middle Eastern Network for Dialogue at Stanford (AMENDS) is a student initiative at Stanford University that brings together some of the most promising youth change agents from across the Middle East, North Africa, and the United States. Together, they collaborate with each other, advance their work, and share, through TED-style talks, their ideas and experiences with the world.

As an AMENDS Delegate, you will also receive mentorship from and network with established leaders in your field; attend a five-day summit at Stanford University from April 9-13, 2013; and engage with 40 fellow youth leaders from over fifteen countries.

Join the AMENDS network of youth leaders by applying today.

Deadline for application: Friday, October 26, 2012 at midnight (Pacific Daylight Time)
For more information, visit

Arab American College Club in San Jose, CA

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Arab Film Festival in California Begins on October 11, 2012

The 16th Annual Arab Film Festival will be held in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Los Angeles from October 11th-21st, 2012.

Oct 11-14 San Francisco Oct 12-14 San Jose
Oct 19-21 Berkeley Oct 19-21 Los Angeles
Nov 16-17 San Diego

For more info see:


October 11th
Castro Theatre
Opening Night Reception
Awards Ceremony and Opening Film: Man Without A Cell Phone

October 12th
Donor Opium / Here / Sacred Stones / The Power of Generations / More Than Smoke
Granny's Flags / Letter to Sasha / Fire on the Marmara
Farewell Exile / Rough Hands
Top Floor, Left Wing

October 13th
Soul / Private Sun / Popcorn / Teta
The Virgin, The Copts, and Me
Another Night On Earth / Words of Witness
Death for Sale

October 14th
Chronicle of the Years of Embers
The Suffering Grasses / Yamo
My Name Is Not Ali / The Green Line
Qarantina / Karama Has No Walls
October 19th
Shattuck Cinemas
Words of Witness / Another Night On Earth
Fire on the Marmara / Private Sun / Granny's Flags
Qarantina / Here / The Power of Generations / More Than Smoke

October 20th
Shattuck Cinemas
Sacred Stones / Fallujah : A Lost Generation?
Donor Opium / The War Around Us
Farewell Exile / Rabat
The Suffering Grasses / Yamo

October 21st
Shattuck Cinemas
The Long Night
Roadmap to Apartheid
The Virgin, The Copts, and Me / Teta
Rough Hands
Papa Hedi - The Search for My Grandfather / The Legend / Popcorn / Beirut My Heart /I Wish We Were Dancers

October 19th
Writers Guild of America Theater
Man Without a Cell Phone

October 20th
Writers Guild of America Theater
The Suffering Grasses / Yamo
The War Around Us / More Than Smoke / Here
Death for Sale

October 21st
Writers Guild of America Theater
My Name Is Not Ali / The Green Line
Roadmap to Apartheid
I Wish We Were Dancers / Rough Hands
Top Floor, Left Wing
Teta / The Virgin, The Copts, and Me

Tania Kassis in Concert at l'Olympia (Paris) on Oct 19, 2012

Tania Kassis, aka La Soprano du Liban, will be performing at l'Olympia in Paris on October 19, 2012 at 8:30 pm. This is a not-to-be-missed performance for anyone who is able to attend.

To purchase tickets (France): 0 892 68 33 68

Friday, October 5, 2012

Third Season Premiere of 'Arabology' Available for Free Downloading

Podcast of the October 4, 2012 3rd Season Premiere of my radio show 'Arabology' is available for free downloading at

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The Third Season Premiere of 'Arabology'--a radio show hosted by Dr. Ramzi Salti, Lecturer at Stanford University, showcasing (mostly alternative) music from the Arab world--aired live on October 4, 2012 on KZSU 90.1 FM (Stanford University) from 3-5 PM

Playlist at

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

My Radio Show 'Arabology' Renewed for Third Season (Thursdays 3-5pm)

Great news! My weekly radio show 'Arabology' has just been renewed for its 3rd season and will begin airing again live every Thursday (starting this week) from 3-5pm (PST). You can listen to the live broadcast on KZSU Stanford 90.1 FM (San Francisco Bay Area) or stream live at or via the iHeartRadio App.

Ramzi Salti, Ph.D. الدكتور رمزي سلطي
Lecturer, Author, Radio DJ كاتب،مذيع ومحاضر في اللغة العربية وآدابها
Stanford University جامعة ستانفورد
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10th Anniversary of Dr. Ramzi Salti's Arabology Program Features All Episodes on Soundcloud + YouTube (Click here)

All 13 seasons of Dr. Ramzi Salti's  Arabology  podcasts  are now available on Soundcloud, for a total of 101 episodes. Additionally, al...