Monday, October 28, 2013

Arab Film Festival Screens 2 Films at Stanford



The Arab Film Festival came to Stanford University for the first time on November 2, 2013 and screened two new amazing films that have received much critical acclaim this year: When Monaliza Smiled (Directed by Fadi Haddad) at 6 PM and Mars at Sunrise (Directed by Jessica Habie who was in attendance and participated in a discussion afterwards) at 8 PM. The films screened at Annenberg Auditorium (Cummings Art Building) and were free of charge.

The event was sponsored by the Department of Comparative Literature and the Stanford Language Center, Stanford University.  With special thanks to Professor Alexander Key for making this event possible.

Stanford Lecturer Dr. Ramzi Salti welcomes The Arab Film Festival to Stanford
(http://youtu.be/BhebiE6Yq-4)

Pictures from the event:


Dr. Ramzi Salti's opening remarks


Q & A session with Director Jessica Habie

DATE:  Saturday November 2, 2013 at 6 pm and 8 pm

LOCATION: Annenberg Auditorium, Crothers Way, Stanford University

PROGRAM

6:00 PM
When Monaliza Smiled, by Fadi Nader Haddad
Trailer at http://youtu.be/G-L8mQI1xVg


8:00 PM
Mars at Sunrise, by Jessica Habbie (plus Q&A with Director)
Trailer at http://vimeo.com/71063478


SYNOPSIS OF FILMS:

1) WHEN MONALIZA SMILED: Monaliza, a 37-year-old Jordanian woman unable to draw a smile, grew up with her grumpy, older, unmarried, agoraphobic sister, Afaf. After a 10 years wait, Monaliza finally gets a job in an archaic government department where she meets Hamdi, the jolly Egyptian tea guy. On her journey of transformation, Monaliza is confronted by a community of nosy and quirky stereotypes from the heart of the colorful city, Amman. (Free screening on Nov 2 at 6 pm)



2) MARS AT SUNRISE: A painter’s resistance, courage and spirit can never be imprisoned in this highly stylized story of the conflict of two frustrated artists on either side of Israel’s militarized borders. Inspired by the creative journey of renowned Palestinian artist in exile Hani Zurob and on true stories and testimonies from the region, we witness expression, confinement, torture, jealousy, courage and freedom as both artists from each culture strive to paint a picture of life surrounded by conflict. (Free screening on Nov 2 at 8 pm)

Mars at Sunrise Trailer HD from Mars At Sunrise on Vimeo.
The Festival for the Schools is a year-round series of special, FREE events for students and educators. It presents windows on the world that move students beyond the practice of learning about the Arab World. Instead, the films featured connect students to characters and situations that they can relate to and that help them to begin to learn from within the Arab World through the eyes and ears of cutting-edge contemporary filmmakers.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Naima Shalhoub Guests on 'Arabology' (Oct 24, 2013)

Podcast at https://soundcloud.com/arabology/arabology-s6-episode-4
The Oct 24, 2013 episode of 'Arabology' includes a live interview with Lebanese American soul singer Naima Grace Shalhoub who discusses her hit 'Herstory of Soul' and sings, live, her amazing version of the Arabic classic 'Adduka Al-Mayyas.' (video at youtu.be/ZAiDaoQ1arA). Show also features music by Mashrou' Leila, Rima Khcheich, NO Blues, Dalida (Remix), Yolla Khalife and humorous tracks by Michelle Keserwany and Rania Kurdi.   also includes ticket giveaway to the Aswat tribute concert to Abdul Halim Hafez at San Mateo City College on Dec 7, 2013.



Show also features music by Mashrou' Leila, Rima Khcheich, NO Blues, Dalida (Remix), Yolla Khalife and humorous tracks by Michelle Keserwany and Rania Kurdi.   also includes ticket giveaway to the Aswat tribute concert to Abdul Halim Hafez at San Mateo City College on Dec 7, 2013.

Naima Shalhoub singing 'Qadduka Al-Mayyas' at KZSU 90.1 FM: http://youtu.be/ZAiDaoQ1arA

Naima Shalhoub Singing "Herstory of Soul" (Official Clip): http://youtu.be/upFKlL3_egY

DJ Ramzi with Naima Shalhoub at KZSU 90.1 FM, 2013

Sunday, October 20, 2013

In the Studio with Yasmine Hamdan



Watching Yasmine Hamdan in the recording studio is an amazing experience.  Only here can you actually see and hear some of what she experiences while recording.  Paradoxically aloof yet emotionally devastated, Yasmine's technique, gestures, and voice acrobatics are that of true artist.  This may be a long way from her debut with the forever-hip, groundbreaking Lebanese duo 'Soapkills' but it is a phenomenal way to showcase Yamsine Hamdan's solo career as well as her latest album 'Ya Nass.'

Yasmine Hamdan Sings 'Beyrouth'
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x15ty7b_en-studio-avec-yasmine-hamdan-1-2-beyrouth_music

En studio avec Yasmine Hamdan 1/2 : Beyrouth by telerama

Yasmine Hamdan Sings 'Shouei'
http://youtu.be/Motkt9k77bQ



Yasmine Hamdan Sings 'Nedya'
(http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x15tyln_en-studio-avec-yasmine-hamdan-2-2-nediya_music)

En studio avec Yasmine Hamdan 2/2 : Nediya by telerama

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]

My Interview with Moumen Smihi + Peter Limbrick

With Moumen Smihi (top pic) and Peter Limbrick, Stanford 2013
Click on the arrow below to hear my interview with Moroccan Filmmaker Moumen Smihi and Professor Peter Limbrick, Associate Professor, Film and Digital Media, UCSC.  The interview was conducted on October 17, 2013 at Stanford University.



Moumen Smihi is a critically celebrated Moroccan filmmaker whose career spans more than four decades, during which he has written, produced and directed award-winning and influential feature films, short films and documentaries. He is often credited for creating  "new Arab cinema."   His production company, IMAGO Film International, founded in 1979, has produced some twenty films and edited books on film theory.

Peter Limbrick is Associate Professor of Film and Digital Media. He is the author of Making Settler Cinemas: Film and Colonial Encounters in the United States, Australia, and New Zealand(Palgrave 2010) and of articles in Third Text, Screening the Past, Camera Obscura, and Journal of Visual Culture as well as edited anthologies.

Professor Limbrick is currently heading a 2-day Symposium at UC Santa Cruz (Oct 25-26, 2013) titled
Unfixed Itineraries:: Film and Visual Culture from Arab Worlds.  For the full schedule of events, see their Program page and  Events.  See also my blog entry.

Pictures from Moumin Smihi + Peter Limbrick's visit to Stanford:

Peter Limbrick (far left) and Moumin Smihi (4th from right) with Stanford scholars and students

Moumen Smihi speaking with Stanford faculty and students

Moumin Smihis's Filmography:.
  • The Unlucky Man [Si Moh, pas de chance] (1971)
  • El Chergui, (The Eastwind) (1976)
  • The Tales of the Night اسطورة الليل (1982
  • The Big Mirror (1987)
  • The Lady from Cairo (1991)
  • Defending Egyptian Cinema (1990)
  • With Matisse in Tangiers (1993)
  • Moroccan Chronicles (1999)
  • A Muslim Childhood (2005)
  • Of Virgins and Swallows (2008) العذارى والسنونو
  • Tanjaoui (2013)







Thursday, October 17, 2013

Unfixed Itineraries: Film and Visual Culture from Arab Worlds (UC Santa Cruz)


October 25 – 26, 2013, Digital Arts Research Center (DARC), UC Santa Cruz
For more information see: http://unfixed.ucsc.edu

A two-day symposium of scholars and artists at UCSC's DARC, and an exhibition of visual art at UCSC's Sesnon Gallery

This symposium on Arab film and visual culture emphasizes its plurality, the complex itineraries by which it is produced, and the multiple trajectories through which it can be experienced. Artists and scholars will visit from Lebanon, Morocco, Egypt, Syria, Europe and the US. Work presented will cover a wide area of forms, styles and thematic concerns. Featuring participation and work by:

Livia Alexander • Michael Allan • Ahmed Bouanani • Dore Bowen • Ali Cherri • Kay Dickinson • Tarek El-Ariss • Nouri Gana • John Greyson • Lamia Joreige • Hassan Khan • Marie El Khazen • Sunaina Maira • Nabil Maleh • Susette Min • Stefania Pandolfo • Larissa Sansour • Zineb Sedira • Jeffrey Skoller
With special guest: Moumen Smihi
Symposium screenings, panels and presentations will address topics such as: Movement and Extra-territoriality; Itineraries of Intertextuality; Past, Present and Future Itineraries; Narrative and non-Narrative Itineraries; Archives, Images, Memory.

Unfixed Itineraries Exhibition:
Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery
October 25 – December 10
Work by Hassan Khan, Zineb Sedira, Marie El Khazen
Reception October 25, 5 – 7pm
http://arts.ucsc.edu/sesnon

Related series:
Moumen Smihi, Poet of Tangier (Moroccan Director who guests on Arabology 10/17/13)
Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley
October 10 – 27
http://bampfa.berkeley.edu/filmseries/smihi

Organizers:
Peter Limbrick Associate Professor, Film and Digital Media, UCSC (Guests on Arabology 10/17/13)
Omnia El Shakry Associate Professor, History, UC Davis

UCSC Steering Committee:
Shelby Graham, Director/Curator, Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery
Soraya Murray, Assistant Professor, Film and Digital Media
Irene Lusztig, Assistant Professor, Film and Digital Media
Neda Atanasoski, Associate Professor, Feminist Studies
Jennifer Derr, Assistant Professor, History

Sponsors
The organizers wish to thank Porter College, the Arts Dean's Fund for Excellence, the Department of Feminist Studies, the UC Davis Division of Social Science, the UC Davis Institute for Social Sciences, and the other institutions listed below for their generous support of this event.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Oct 10 Arabology Podcast Spotlights Arab Film Festival

The 2nd episode of the 6th season of Arabology (aired Oct 10, 2013) includes music by Massar Egbari, Ziad Sahab & Yasmina Fayed, NO Blues, Salam, Mashrou' Leila, Breaking the Boundaries and Abdulrahman Mohammed, Yolla Khalife, Tania Saleh, Adel Salameh, May Nasr, Jadal.
Episode also includes interview with Serge Bakalian, Executive Director of the Arab Film Festival and Director Jessica Habie whose film 'Mars at Sunrise' will screen at the Arab Film Festival in San Francisco on Oct 12, 2013.


Serge Bakalian and Director Jessica Habie at KZSU 90.1 FM


Friday, September 27, 2013

Arabology Seasons 1-2 Uploaded to Soundcloud

The first 2 Seasons of 'Arabology' have been uploaded to Soundcloud for free listening/sampling at https://soundcloud.com/arabology/sets/arabology-podcasts.

Season 1 originally aired live on KZSU 90.1 FM (Stanford) starting on January 19, 2012 and ending on March 15, 2012.

Season 2  originally aired live on KZSU 90.1 FM (Stanford) starting on March 14, 2012 and ending on September, 2012.

'Arabology' is a weekly radio program hosted by Dr. Ramzi Salti, Lecturer at Stanford University, which aims at showcasing (mostly alternative) Arabic music, along with commentary in English. The show also features interviews (in English) with individuals whose work informs the region.

Click below to listen to any podcast from Season One (January 19-March 15, 2012)



Click below to listen to any Podcast from Season Two (March 14-September 13, 2012):



For more info:
* Arabology on Facebook: facebook.com/arabology
* Arabology on YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/author30
* Arabology on Soundcloud: @arabology
* Arabology Contact: author30@gmail.com

Friday, September 20, 2013

Miss Nigeria Crowned Winner of Miss World Muslimah Pageant 2013




The Muslim world's own beauty Pageant, Miss World Muslimah 2013, resulted in the crowing of Miss Nigeria Obabiyi Aishah Ajibola this year as 'Miss World Muslimah 2013.' The contest took place in Jakarta, Indonesia on Sept. 18, 2013

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world-muslimah-2013-gallery-1.1460038#ixzz2fPhJnvFX




Thursday, September 19, 2013

World Famous Male Dancer Tito to Perform in CA on Oct 5

Tito, the world's most famous male Bellydance artist, will perform in Los Altos, California on Saturday October 5, 2013. He will be accompanied by French Algerian Star dancer, Diana Tarkhan.

Tickets may be purchased online at http://titoshow.brownpapertickets.com/




Event Details:
Tito, the world’s most famous male Bellydance Artist, and for the first time in northern CA, French Algerian Star Diana Tarkhan perform in Los Altos

Website: http://www.HalaDance.com

Tito of Egypt, the world’s most famous male Bellydance artist performs in ONE SHOW ONLY in Los Altos on Sat Oct 5 at 7pm. He will teach 3-day workshops in Los Altos & San Jose onOctober 4, 5 & 6. Details on http://www.HalaDance.com

French Algerian dance star Diana Tarkhan, who will be here for the very first time will join Tito. Diana has been dancing in Cairo for the past 12 years and brings her wealth of knowledge and expertise in the Arabic culture and dance to her classes and shows.

What: Tito & Diana’s Dance Show
When: Saturday October 5, 7 – 11 pm. Doors open at 6:30pm.
Where: Mirage Hall (behind Pineapple Grill), 4926 El Camino Real, Los Altos, CA 94022
Info: www.HalaDance.com or 408-246-1129

Against all odds, one man, Tito of Egypt, defied traditions, demystified taboos and redefined Bellydance entertainment worldwide. He brings dances from the local festivals of Egypt to stages all over the world. With his depictions of authentic Egyptian dance, he's exposing the beautiful art that's been subject to many misunderstandings over the ages.

Tito’s innovation of dancing on the “Tabla” (Arabic drum) has become a worldwide phenomenon. He’s continually reinventing himself as well as the art of Bellydance entertainment. Tito interprets the music through incredible dynamic moves and his shows are an unparalleled experience that always delights, entertains and mesmerizes the audience.

French Algerian Diana Tarkhan is a world-renowned teacher and choreographer of Egyptian Oriental dance. Her dancing career began 20 years ago in Paris where she performed in famous nightclubs. She was then invited to dance internationally in Tunisia, Morocco and United Arab Emirates for prestigious hotels such as Hilton, Sheraton and Hyatt. She has now lived in Egypt for over 12 years. Her experience of the Egyptian culture plus her knowledge of Arabic music and dance forms, make her one of the most effective Oriental dance teachers and performers.


Saturday, September 14, 2013

Im Hussein: The Arab World's Version of 'Dame Edna'


Dame Edna (left) and Im Hussein (right)

Australia may have Dame Edna, a character created and performed by Australian dadaist performer and comedian Barry Humphries, but for the past quarter of a century the Arab world has laughed with their own version of the Dame--the hilarious Im Hussein, a character created by Najee Mondalek who performs the part, in drag, to thousands of Arab audiences worldwide.

Najee Mondalek is an Arab-American actor/comedian who is best known as his 'drag' personality, the hilarious Um Hussein. He is currently touring the USA with his latest show titled the “Im Hussein Jubilee Show” which celebrates 25 years of comedy staged by the Ajyal Theatrical Group, the first Arab-American theatrical group in North America.  For more info see http://www.imhussein.com/

Mondalek founded the AJYAL Theatrical Group in 1988 and continuously performs for Arab-American audiences in The United States, Canada, Australia and the Middle East. The everyday lives of Arab-Americans, including their their mistakes and mishaps, constitute the subject of the Ajyal Theatrical Group's shows.

Ajyal has been the one constant for Mondalek. He writes a new show nearly every year. In September 1994, his theatrical life underwent a transformation. The centerpiece of his creative life, Im Hussein has become his Dame Edna, starring in six hit comedic plays since "Smile You Are in America," a comedy about immigrants trying to adjust to their new country. The main character was an older woman named Im Hussein. Three days before the first performance the father of the actress playing Im Hussein died. Mondalek couldn't find anyone to replace her. Thinking about Robin Williams as Mrs. Doubtfire and Dustin Hoffman as Tootsie, Mondalek took the part himself.

Here is an interview with Najee Mondalek, followed by pictures from the Im Hussein Jubilee Show (in San Francisco) which took place at the Palace of Fine Arts on September 13, 2013.

Interview with Najee Mondalek who plays Im Hussein:

Interview with im hussein play actors and writer in Scottsdale, Arizona. from breekmedia on Vimeo.

Pictures from the  Im Hussein Jubilee Show in San Francisco on September 13, 2013:





With Najee Mondalek (3rd from left), the actor who plays Im Hussein

Friday, September 13, 2013

Im Hussein Comedy Show in San Francisco Tonight [Sep 13, 2013]

Join Im Hussein and the AJYAL Theatrical Group in San Francisco on Friday, September 13 for a fun-filled night of hilarity and laughs! For 25 years, Im Hussein and the gang have presented the Arab experience through comedy all over the United States and Canada. For more information, visit the official Im Hussein Facebook page.



Im Hussein Jubilee Show - $45+
Friday, September 13, 2013
8:00pm
Palace of Fine Arts Theater
Click here or call (415)392-4400 for tickets

The “Im Hussein Jubilee Show” celebrates 25 years of comedy staged by the Ajyal Theatrical Group, featuring the one and only Im Hussein. As the first Arab-American theatrical group in North America—and the first to take the show around the world—they have fulfilled their mission: to provide quality, affordable Arab theater, arts, and cultural experiences for Arab immigrants at home and abroad and to support the development of regional Arab arts and entertainment. The jubilee show showcases the best of the best skits—the zaniest of Im Hussein’s antics and activities—newly written or slightly refreshed but still providing plenty of opportunities for laughter.







Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Khobez wou Milih: Short Film about Making Food Not War [Subtitled]



'Khobez wou Milih' خبز وملح [Bread and Salt] is a short film of a much bigger story.  Watch the film below.

Seventeen Lebanese housewives, united by the work that they do at Souk El Tayeb and Tawlet, were invited to cook lunch for 600 of the top chefs and foodies in the world during the annual food event of MAD Symposium in Copenhagen.

Khobez wou Milih (Souk El Tayeb @ MAD Symposium 2013) from zeina on Vimeo.


Arabic and English Translations: Amoul
Calligraphy and Subtitles: Tania Salha Oakes
Sound Editor: John Kochanczyk
Filmed and Edited: Zeina Hurst
Producer: Ziad Oakes

Music from Audio Networks
'Passing Time' by Paul Mottram and recorded with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, February 2008
'Nature' by Richard Lacy, David Bird and Richard Kimmings, 2013

Thanks to Ali Kurshat Altinsoy, Peter Kreiner, Mark Emil Tholstrup Hermansen and Gabriel Ulla at Noma and MAD food.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

My CD Review: Mashrou' Leila - Raasuk "رقّصوك"



The much anticipated third CD by the Lebanese group Mashrou' Leila is an instant masterpiece that solidifies the band's standing as the Arab world's leading indie/alternative musical artists. This CD combines the distinct sound of the violin with different rhythms and instruments while showcasing the powerful vocals of lead singer Hamed Sinno. The lyrics in Arabic are as poetic as they are contemporary. Tracks melt into each other like inter-connected chapters within a literary epic.

1. Prologue (1:21) Instrumental piece featuring Swiss/French trumpeter Erik Truffaz that eloquently and elegantly sets up our musical journey through the tracks that will follow.
**2. Abdo (3:18) is a popular, folkloric, fictional name in Arabic that is equivalent to "Joe Shmoe" in American English. Here our 'aging counter-hero' is in love with a widow who won't return his affections, leading to Abdo's heartbreak--a story that is accentuated by the song's deliberately melodramatic violin strings and music that stays with the listener long after the song--and Abdo--are gone..
3. Ala Babu (4:37) [At His Door] Sultry tune, a plea by a rejected lover in which he is willing to demean himself for love.
4. Taxi (2:45) Upbeat tune that sounds like Polish or Russian music mixed with various genres and contrasted by powerful lyrics in which the taxi ride is equated with one's doomed life journey..
5. Skandar Maalouf (4:01) Vocals in this song sound like Mika if he were to sing in Arabic. Song showcases Sinno's vocal ability to carry a song in upper registers. Just who is Skander Maalouf? Speculations abound.
**6. Lil Watan (3:36) [For the Homeland] Strongest track on this CD, mid tempo, addressing patriotism, nationalistic slogans and conspiracy theories.
7. Bishuf (4:34) [He Sees] Slow, rhythmic beats that sound like a funeral procession. Lyrics about depression, consciousness, sadness and resignation. Haig Papazian's violin is haunting.
**8. Ma Tetrikni Heik (2:26) [Don't Leave Me Like This] The Lebanese version of Jacques Brel's ‘Ne me quitte pas' with organ music and Sinno's vocals crying out in pain and desperation. Sounds almost like a Church prayer or lamentation.
9. Raasuk (4:02) [They Made You Dance] Title track begins with a grave tone but picks up as song progresses. Like track #6, this song talks about notions of nationalism and choosing to 'dance' like a puppet.
10.Wa Nueid (5:06) [Ad Nauseam] Redundant clapping sounds define this track which emphasizes individual choices and capabilities. Less pessimistic than tracks 6 and 9.
11.Bahr (3:27) [Sea] Epic-like track showcases breathtaking trumpet playing by Erik Truffaz with lyrics that lament the death of a brother who has disappeared into the sea. A plea for the sea to return him.
** My faves (2, 6, 8)

Recent Reviews of this CD/Band:
Review in Arabic from Ma3azef.com: http://www.ma3azef.com/node/183
Review in English from Ahram.org: http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/80793.aspx
The Economist: http://www.economist.com/blogs/pomegranate/2013/09/music-arab-world


Sample Tracks from 'Raasuk' CD:

'Abdo'


'Lil Watan'


'Ma Tetrikni Heik'


Sample Tracks from Mashrou' Leila's second CD 'El Hal Romancy':

'El Hal Romancy'


'Im El Jacket'


Sample Tracks from Mashrou' Leila's self-titled first CD:

'Fasateen'


'Arous'


Mashrou' Leila Video Clips:






Mashrou' Leila Live in Concert:








TV reports/interviews about Mashrou' Leila:

TV Report in English:


TV Interview in Arabic:


TV appearance on Bassem Youssef's Elbernameg - البرنامج TV Show:




Exclusive Pictures of Mashrou' Leila Performing in Beirut (2011)







My interview with Mashrou' Leila band member Omaya Malaeb (2011):










My interview with Mashrou' Leila band member Hamed Sinno (2011):








More Info about Mashrou' Leila:
Official Website: http://mashrou3leila.com/
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/mashrou3leila
YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/Mashrou3Leila




Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Registration Open for my Beginning Arabic Night Course at Stanford (Starts 9/25)


If you live in the San Francisco bay area and are interested in learning Arabic from scratch this Fall...

Registration now open for my Beginning Arabic class at Stanford on Wednesday evenings 7-9 pm starting 9/25 for 10 weeks. Anyone is welcome and no prior knowledge of Arabic needed. Spread the word and/or register at https://continuingstudies.stanford.edu/courses/course.php?cid=20131_ARB+01

Beginning Arabic I

(ARB 01)
This course is intended for anyone interested in learning the Arabic alphabet as well as basic communication skills in Arabic. Instead of emphasizing the complex grammatical and syntactical structure of the language, this course will spotlight useful Arabic words, phrases, and sentences in a way that will equip students to communicate on a basic level with native Arabic speakers. The course will concentrate on using, pronouncing, and understanding Arabic expressions through interaction with fellow students and the instructor.
This is the first course in a two-course sequence. The textbook assigned for Arabic Level I will also be used for Level II. Students may enroll in this introductory course without intending to take both courses in the sequence.
Ramzi Salti, Lecturer in Arabic Language, Stanford
Ramzi Salti received a PhD in comparative literature (with a primary emphasis on Arabic literature) from UC Riverside. He received the Stanford Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2004 and an Honorable Mention for the Associated Students of Stanford University Teacher of the Year award in 2009. He was recently awarded the John S. Knight Journalism Fellowship for “Favorite Professor 2013.”

Textbooks for this course:
(Required) Salti, Course Reader
Download the Preliminary Syllabus (subject to change)

Register at https://continuingstudies.stanford.edu/courses/course.php?cid=20131_ARB+01


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

Watch full talk at https://youtu.be/LzAaUrZEq8k This audio-visual talk by Stanford Lecturer + Arabology program host Dr. Ramzi Salti was pre...