Faculty

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Yaron Klein Profile
Associate Professor of Arabic
Senior Lecturer in Oud
Phone: 507 222 5178

Office Hours: TBA

Yaron Klein (B.A., Tel Aviv University; M.A., Ph.D. Harvard University) teaches Arabic language courses from elementary to advanced, and a variety of courses on Classical (Premodern) Arabic literature and contemporary Arab music. His research interests lie at the intersection of literature and music. He has published articles on the discourse on music in philosophical and Islamic writings, among others, in the writings of al-Fārābī and al-Ghazālī, and on ʿAbbāsid court poetry. He also teaches oud, the Arab lute (see profile on Carleton’s Music Department page).

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Zaki Haidar Profile
Senior Lecturer in Arabic
Phone: 507 222 5451

Office Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays 2:30-3:30 pm; and by appointment

B.A. UC Santa Cruz; M.A. Princeton University; Ph.D. candidate University of Pennsylvania.

I bring to my learning and teaching of Arabic the filial love inherent to ibn al-lugha (child of the language), but also the appreciation of the difficulty of learning this language as a young adult. My father is Lebanese and my mother American, and I was born in Beirut. Technically, Arabic was my first language. As a very young child in Beirut, the first syllables I uttered were in spoken Arabic, but after my family left Lebanon our home language switched entirely to English. Arabic was a continued, spectral presence–the names of foods we often ate, a couple of less-than-polite expressions–but I lost all ability to communicate in Arabic. However I became drawn to the field of literature, and some Arabic novels in translation that I read convinced me that I needed to commit myself to learning the language after graduation from UC Santa Cruz. That commitment took me first to night classes at a community college, and then to Beirut, before studying at Princeton University, the American University of Cairo, and the University of Pennsylvania.

Here at Carleton I teach courses in Arabic language, both formal and colloquial, and courses on Arabic literature. I love teaching this language, and helping to guide a deeply committed and close-knit community of language learners to master something so seemingly distant from their experiences and life histories. The language learning path that I took informs my teaching, and helps remind me (and the students), that this is something doable. Not only that, but the riches of both the Arabic language and Arab cultures are well worth the effort.

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Sahar Ramadan Profile
Instructor in Arabic
Off Campus: Fall 2020
Phone: 507 222 5777

I am a passionate and committed teacher who combines and brings a wide range of diverse cultural and academic backgrounds to my classes. I hold an MA in applied linguistics with a concentration in teaching Arabic as a foreign language from the American University in Cairo (AUC). I am a certified TESOL teacher from University of California, Davis. I earned my B.A in English literature from Helwan University, Egypt. I also studied special needs education and psychology. I hold a graduate diploma in special needs education from Cairo University, Egypt, as well as a premaster’s in family counseling from the same institution. This experience is continuously adding to my ability to address individual differences and learning challenges in my classes. Throughout my journey I taught a broad range of students coming from cultures across the globe (including but not limited to Japanese diplomat students, Brazilian university students, European researchers, etc.). This polished my cultural awareness and developed my research interest in cultural studies. My research areas of interest are learning strategies, discourse analysis, sociolinguistics, cultural studies, and psycholinguistics.

Staff

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Nancy Elghandour Abuelmagd
Arabic Language Associate
“!مرحبا! السلام عليكم
I am the Arabic language teaching assistant here at Carleton this year as a grantee of the Fulbright scholarship.
Originally from Cairo, Egypt, this is my second time travelling outside my home country and so I have a lot to share about the Egyptian as well as the Arab, Muslim and Middle-Eastern female communities.  I am available for Arabic conversations and will organise several events and activities throughout the semester to share both my language and culture with Carls on and off campus.  While I am excited to be at Carleton, I know this year’s circumstances are extraordinary, to say the least.
I see my role as a link to bridge the gap between the language we see in Arabic textbooks and the life it takes as it influences cultures and nations throughout the world.”
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Jean Sherwin
Administrative Assistant in Asian Languages and Literatures
Administrative Assistant in Classics
Administrative Assistant in Middle Eastern Languages