Showing posts with label Alexander Key. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Alexander Key. Show all posts

Friday, March 13, 2020

Stanford Commemorates the Life and Works of Lebanese Poet Jawdat Haydar

Some of the event attendees - Photo by Tadashi Moriguchi

A memorable event commemorating the life and works of Lebanese poet Jawdat Haydar took place at Stanford University on February 27, 2020 and included remarks and speeches by Dr. Khalid Obeid, Rima Makdisi, Dr. Alexander Key, Dr. Rula Yazigy, Dr. Ramzi Salti and Mr. Ed Shiner. 

The video segment below features Stanford Lecturer Dr. Ramzi Salti reading some of the Jawdat Haydar's own words (in Arabic) and reciting 3 of Haydar's poems (in English): "To A Friend" and "Lebanon" and "Mahatma Gandhi" (taken from the book 101 Selected Poems by Jawdat Haydar, Vantage Press, New York, 2006). This excerpt includes main video footage by Tadashi Moriguchi and close up video footage by Thoraya B. Edited by Ramzi Salti.  Watch below or at

Below are some photos from the event which was filmed in its entirety and and will be available soon elsewhere. 

Mr Ed Shiner
Dr. Ramzi Salti
Dr. Rula Yazigy
Dr. Khalid Obeid

Dr. Alexander Key

Below are some of poet Jawdat Haydar's works which were recited and read during the event:

Friday, October 18, 2013

A Focus on Egypt and Turkey [Oct 17 Stanford Event}

THE MEDITERRANEAN STUDIES FORUM at Stanford presents Summer of 2013: A Focus on Egypt and Turkey.

Amr Adly (Stanford University), “Egypt after June 30th: Between Abortive and Potential Fascism”
Ayça Alemdaroğlu (Stanford University), “Youth and Politics in Turkey”
Alexander Key (Stanford), “Should It Matter What We Call It? Islamic, Democratic, and Spring Politics”
Kabir Tambar (Stanford University), “Popular Protest and the Politics of the Present in Turkey”

Monday, October 21, 2013, 6:30 – 8:00 pm at Encina Hall, Bechtel Conference Center . It is free and open to the public.

[Co-sponsored by the Sohaib and Sara Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies, the CDDRL Program on Arab Reform and Democracy, and the Stanford Humanities Center Workshop on Ethnic Minorities, Religious Communities, Rights and Democracy in the Modern Middle East and Central Asia]

Monday, May 13, 2013

Mon (5/13): Ramzi Salti, "Breaking with Tradition: Alternative Arabic Music" Talk/Dinner at Stanford

Dr. Ramzi Salti will be giving a talk/dinner titled "Breaking with Tradition: An Examination of Alternative Arabic Music and Video Clips" on May 13, 2013 from 6-7:30pm at the Bechtel International Center at Stanford University. This event is part of the 'Ya'ani: Week of Music, Culture, and Languages of the Middle East' which brings you classroom-style conversations with a variety of Stanford faculty over lunch and dinner (see full program below).
Everyone is welcome to attend but Stanford students and affiliates should RSVP to

Saturday, March 9, 2013

March 7 Arabology Podcast ft Alexander Key and Weyam Ghadbian

The March 7, 2013 episode of 'Arabology' features an interview with Alexander Key, Assistant Professor of Arabic and Comparative Literature at Stanford, who discusses Arabic poetry (in English) while eloquently reciting poems by Al-Mutanabi and Amal Donkol in Arabic.
Show also includes interview with Weyam Ghadbian, the Cultural Program Director at the Arab Cultural and Community Center in San Francisco, who discusses the 6th Annual Bay Area Arab Women's Conference which is taking place on March 16, 2013.
Plus music by Said Mrad, Aly Talibab, Kamel Badarneh, Rim Banna, Aswat, Ramy Essam, Elizabeth Ayoub and the Lebanese band Doors To Aspiration (DTA).

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Monday, October 22, 2012

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.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

'The Meaning of Arabic Literature': New Course at Stanford by Prof Alexander Key

Course description and details (provided by Professor Alexander Key):

The Meaning of Arabic Literature (COMP LIT 141A)

In this course we will read a book: "The Table-talk of a Mesopotamian Judge" by Abu Ali al-Muhassin b. Ali at-Tanukhi (who died in Baghdad in 994).

This book was written to be amusing, diverting, and pleasant to read. Today, one thousand years later on the other side of the world, it is puzzling, surprising, and difficult to come to terms with. The gap between these two reader experiences is the subject matter of this course.

The aim of the course is to bridge that gap: to come to enjoy and be challenged by the Table-Talk in the way that at-Tanukhi wanted his mediaeval readers to take both intellectual and literary pleasure from reading his book.

Engaging in this process will give us:
1. A new understanding of how a literary composition can be written, and of how a collection of anecdotes can be used to introduce and question big ideas about religion, fate, power, and success.
2. A new understanding of the role that literature (both poetry and prose) played in the political and professional life of mediaeval Baghdad.
3. An appreciation of how the golden age of Baghdad was different – both different from our expectations and different from our current context.

This reading process will develop and enhance the following skills:
A. Reading that branches out from a text to investigate context, frame unfamiliar people, places, and ideas, and follow leads.
B. Reading that looks for and creates its own structures and themes, rather than having them laid out by the author.

The course will take place in Fall 2012 (right now!) on Mondays and Wednesdays from 2:15 to 3:45pm in Building 260 Room 001.

All Readings, assignments, and class discussion will be in English.

Professor Alexander Key / /

Ramzi Salti's Talk: Healing through Lebanese Music (EPIC Fellows, Stanford Global Studies, September 2020)

Watch full talk at This audio-visual talk by Stanford Lecturer + Arabology program host Dr. Ramzi Salti was pre...