Alumni Updates: Arabic

  • Arabic Links: A New Textbook for Arabic Arab pic1Prof. John Eisele and Prof. Driss Cherkaoui are putting the finishing touches on the first volume of a textbook series for the Arabic language which will be published by the American University in Cairo Press, entitled “Arabic Links” (in Arabic: كتاب التواصل). The series attempts to handle the issue of Arabic language variation (often termed “diglossia”) in a manner significantly different from the current textbook widely used in the field. Rather than teaching 2 or more varieties simultaneously, this series attempts to introduce the variation more gradually, starting with a focus on the common literary language, FusHa, and introducing other variant forms of the language at first as “linguistic culture”, and then with a stand-alone textbook for 4 of the main varieties: Moroccan, Egyptian, Levantine, and Iraqi. Another aspect of “linguistic culture” will be the treatment of the case system of the literary language, which is linguistically redundant and not essential for communication, but which is seen as a vital part of the Arabic literary and religious tradition, and for some cannot be overlooked. Another aspect of Arabic L2 pedagogy which is addressed by this series is a return to a communicative approach which emphasizes the active acquisition of vocabulary tied to clearly defined topics and contexts of use. The first two volumes of the series cover basic grammar, vocabulary, and general contexts, and each of the units is tied to a cultural context of an Arab country. These “cultural” activities and texts provide information about the history, society, and some cultural practices specific to that country, as well as information about the “linguistic culture” of the region, i.e., the main dialect of the country. The unit is structured around a progressing through the four skills for each topic, starting with a Arab pic2conversational introduction to the basic vocabulary of a context or activity, and culminating in a writing exercise which summarizes the main points of the unit. The third volume of the series concentrates on providing a context for developing skills in discussing, reading, and writing about more specific fields, of an academic nature. The vocabulary is a general review of the words and phrases necessary to deal with topics related to that field, with texts (reading and listening) provided as exemplary texts, but instructors are encouraged to provide their own texts, glosses, questions, and suggestions for tasks and activities as they desire. Regarding the supplemental textbooks dealing with specific dialects, Prof. Cherkaoui has completed a manuscript for teaching Moroccan dialect, or “al-Daarija”, and he hopes to publish that within the coming year. Other dialect textbooks will follow. This project was funded initially by a grant from the Department of Education, and included contributions from other faculty at William and Mary and the Arab-American Language Institute in Morocco (AALIM). 
  • Claypool, Mary (Class of 2003) Since graduation in 2003, I worked for two years as a legal assistant before returning to graduate studies in the language I love, French. I received my Master's degree in French in 2007 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and am currently writing my dissertation in Geneva, Switzerland thanks to a dissertation fellowship. The Ph.D. is not far off! I also have continued to develop my Arabic skills, with the help of a FLAS grant for study in Morocco. My work as a contract linguist for the FBI has allowed me to apply my language skills, and I am grateful for the foundational training W&M provided!
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  • Farrar, Adam (Class of 2010) (BA Middle Eastern Studies, Psychology):  I am currently an M.A. Candidate in the Arab Studies program at the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University's Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. (Updated 2010)
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  • Hoyne, Alexa (Class of 2010) (BA Middle Eastern Studies): I might be starting graduate school at Georgetown next semester! (Updated 2010)
  • Senior Profile: Hannah Bauman (Arabic Studies ’19) Hannah Grace Bauman is graduating with a major in Government and a minor in Arabic. During college, she completed a research internship at National Defense University, led and mentored cadets in Army ROTC, co-led a research team with the Center for African Development, and launched an International Justice Mission college chapter. In the spring of 2017, Hannah Grace studied advanced Arabic and policy in Amman, Jordan and volunteered with Syrian and Iraqi refugees. In July of 2016, she trained with the Rwandan Army during an ROTC mission to Rwanda. After graduation, she will work as a Fellow with El Pomar Foundation in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Hannah Baumancrop
  • Senior Profile: Megan Pierce (Arabic Studies ’19) I frequently say that studying Arabic has been one of the best decisions I have made at the College. I discovered a passion for the language and the friendships I have formed through Arabic classes and my study abroad program in Morocco completely changed my time at William & Mary. Knowing Arabic has also enriched my experience in the International Relations major, influencing the classes I took and my focus within the department.  After graduation, I am moving to Amman, Jordan for 10 months, to continue studying Arabic, something I never would have imagined my freshman year. Arabic can be unwieldy and challenging, and I want to thank Professor Driss Cherkaoui for his constant encouragement and support. I give my best to students in the Arabic department, and I hope they find a similar love and appreciation of the language. Megan Pierce crop
  • Senior Profile: Sarah Harmon (Arabic Studies ’19) During my time at William and Mary, I studied Arabic for three years and my classes in the Arabic department were some of my absolute favorites. My professors, Driss Cherkaoui and Mona Zaki, pushed me to fall deeply in love with the language and I certainly gained a sense of humility and pride during my language learning experience. They also made me excited to come to class and to explore a future career in Middle Eastern policy analysis, national security, or even go on to be an Arabic professor myself. Through the funding provided by the Critchfield Memorial Arabic Scholarship at the school, I spent three months studying Arabic in Amman, Jordan and I will be continuing my Arabic studies abroad this summer through the State Department's Critical Language Scholarship in Morocco. I am immensely grateful for the brilliant people I met in this program who shaped my Arabic skills, my character, and my future. Sarah Harmon crop
  • Senior Profile: William G. Neely (Hispanic & Arabic Studies ’19) My involvement with the Hispanic Studies department at William & Mary has been one of the most gratifying and enlightening journeys of my undergraduate career. From courses on grammar and vocabulary to more intensive seminars on the Francoist regime in Spain, the Hispanic Studies discipline has challenged my abilities and exposed me to new perspectives. Outside of my major, however, I have also been able to explore a plethora of different interests by taking classes in the Arabic department. Further, W&M’s Modern Languages department has provided countless ways to directly engage with foreign cultures. I have had the distinct pleasure of traveling to the Basque Country, Andalucía, Morocco, Havana, and the Sierra Maestra in Cuba all through the department. On the domestic front, I’ve had the opportunity to teach Arabic language classes and publish journalistic articles. Thanks to the opportunities afforded to me by the department, I look forward to utilizing my experiences next year as a master’s student at the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy and in my future endeavors.. Neely crop
  • Stephen Sheehi receives 2018 Plumeri Award Stephsheehi_12092014492en Sheehi, Sultan Qaboos bin Said Chair of Middle East Studies, Professor of Arabic Studies in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, has received the 2018 Plumeri Award for Faculty Excellence, celebrating exemplary achievements of William & Mary faculty in teaching, research, and service. Prof. Sheehi’s work meets at the intersection of cultural, visual, art, and social history of the modern Arab world, starting with the late Ottoman Empire and the Arab Renaissance (al-nahdah al-‘arabiyah). His scholarly interests include photography theory, psychoanalysis, post-colonial theory, Palestine, and Islamophobia. Prof. Sheehi’s forthcoming book, Camera Palaestina: The Seven Photography Albums of Wasif Jawhariyyeh (University of California Press, forthcoming) is co-authored with Salim Tamari and Issam Nassar. His contribution to the book, “On the Emergence of a Palestinian Spectator,” reevaluates the relationship between the Palestinian and the photographic archive, between the colonized and the colonizer and between the settler-Zionist and the native Palestinian. This research also serves as the theoretical foundation for a larger and broader, single authored book project, entitled Decolonizing Photography. Prof. Sheehi is also writing along with Dr. Lara Sheehi, Psychoanalysis under Occupation. The research is an exploration of the intersubjective experience of Palestinians living under violent and violating Israeli occupation as interpreted not only by Palestinian psychoanalysts but cultural “workers,” artists, and film-makers. An early sample of the project can be found in Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society. Prof. Sheehi has received a NEH-FPIRI Fellowship to research the topic in Palestine in 2018. The Arab Imago: A Social History of Indigenous Photography 1860-1910 (Princeton University Press, 2016) is Prof. Sheehi’s most recent book. It is a ground-breaking study on the history of photography in the Arab world. The research is the first to comprehensively research native studios in Alexandria, Beirut, Cairo, Jaffa, and Jerusalem as well as early Hajj photography in al-Hijaz during the late Ottoman period. In doing so, the book investigates and theorizes the relationship between indigenous photography, social transformations and the creation of modern Arab society in Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, and Palestine before World War One. Prof. Sheehi’s most recent book is Islamophobia: The Ideological Campaign Against Muslims (Atlanta: Clarity Press, 2011). The book examines the rise of anti-Muslim and anti-Arab sentiments in the West following the end of the Cold War. Sheehi analyzes the relationship between United States foreign and domestic policies, cultural representations, and political discourses in mainstreaming of Islamophobia. The book has been translated into Arabic as al-Islamufobia: al-Hamlah al-idiulujiyah dud al-Muslimin translation by Fatimah Nasr (Cairo: Dar al-Sutour, 2012). Foundations of Modern Arab Identity (University of Florida, 2004) is Prof. Sheehi’s first book, offering a new paradigm for thinking about the 19th century Arab Renaissance or al-nahdah al-`arabiyah. The book discusses how reformers such as Butrus  al-Bustani, Salim al-Bustani, Farah Antun, and Jurji Zaydan offered a powerful cultural self-criticism alongside their advocacy of Arab “progress and civilization” in the face of European imperialism. In doing so, these Arab intellectuals established the epistemological foundation for Arab modernity that would always gauge their “failure” and “success” against ideals of colonializing Europe. Prof. Sheehi has published in a variety of venues on Middle Eastern photography, art, literature, and intellectual history in venues such as Third Text, International Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, Critical Inquiry, The British Journal of Middle East Studies, Discourse, The Journal of Arabic Literature, Alif: Journal of Compartive Poetics, Critique, Jouvert, The Journal of Comparative South Asian, African, Middle Eastern Studies and Encyclopedia of Islam along within a number of other books. He has published commentaries in Psychoanalytic Activist, Common Dreams, Mondoweiss, Jadaliyya, and al-Adab.

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