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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): To Download: To listen instantly: 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

San Francisco Arab Heritage Month Celebration Today

'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 Description: 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 a

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.

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: CLASSICAL ARABIC POETRY: AN INTRODUCTION 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. The film aired on PBS and worldwide to a television audience exceeding 150 million people. The 'Unity Productions Foundation' web site is at

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

Shervin Emami (left) with DJ Ramzi on Arabology Oct 18, 2012 Download at 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. To Download: To Listen Instantly: Playlist for Arabology Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 3pm - 5pm DJ: Ramzi S. (Artist/ Track/ Album/Label) 1. Maraka, Aziz/ Bent

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

Mashrou' Leila in Concert in Montreal on Oct 25

CHARNOBYL VOICE PRESENTS: MASHROU' LEILA IN CONCERT AT LE NATIONAL - MONTREAL - THURSDAY 25 OCTOBER AT 8:OO PM 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 ABOUT MASHROU' LEILA: 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

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." Video at

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.

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). To Download: To Listen Instantly: 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

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: Visit for breaking news , world news , and news about the economy Video at DR. H. SAMY ALIM 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

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. WHAT AMENDS DOES 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 wit

Arab American College Club in San Jose, CA

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: SCHEDULE: SAN FRANCISCO Thursday October 11th Castro Theatre 6:00pm Opening Night Reception 7:30pm Awards Ceremony and Opening Film: Man Without A Cell Phone Friday October 12th Embarcadero 1:15pm Donor Opium / Here / Sacred Stones / The Power of Generations / More Than Smoke 3:00pm Granny's Flags / Letter to Sasha / Fire on the Marmara 4:45pm Farewell Exile / Rough Hands 7:00pm Top Floor, Left Wing 9:00pm Pegasus Saturday October 13th Embarcadero 12:00pm Soul / Private Sun / Popcorn / Teta 1:45pm The Virgin, The Copts, and Me 3:30pm Another Night On Earth / Words of Witness 6:00pm Lust 8:30pm Death for Sale Sunday October 14th Embarcadero 12:00pm Chronicle of the Years of Embe

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

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 Or listen instantly at 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

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 Arabology Blog: Arabology on Facebook: Arabology Podcasts: