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Faculty

Hanan Mohammad Hassan Ahmad, PhD, Arabic Coordinator

Hanan Mohammad Hassan Ahmad received her PhD in 2009 from Minia University. Her research critically analyzes the media coverage of the US invasion of Iraq in 2003. She co-edited the translated, “Culturalization: A comparative literary criticism study of T.S. Eliot and S. Abdulsabour’s poetry” published by General Egyptian Book Organization in 2004. Her research interests include Critical Discourse Analysis, Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language (TAFL)/Teachers of English as a Second Language (TESL), and translation and interpretation. She taught Arabic at the University of Utah from 2005-2007 and Texas A&M from 2007-2009. She was also a TESL instructor in Egypt for over ten years.

Email: hahmad@uoregon.edu

Phone: 541-346-7214

Office Address: 321 SC

Office Hours: On Leave Spring 2014

Garrett Davidson, PhD, Instructor

Garrett Davidson received his PhD with honors in Islamic thought from the University of Chicago’s Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. Garrett’s research interests include issues related to constructs of religious and scholarly authority in the Islamic tradition, hadith, the Arabic manuscript tradition, Arabic travel literature, Islamic reform movements of the twentieth century and Islamic mysticism in the Early Modern and Modern periods. Garrett has lived and studied extensively in the Arab world, including several years in Cairo where he received a master’s degree in Arabic studies from the American University in Cairo. Garrett has also lived, studied and conducted research in Morocco, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Lebanon, and the United Arab Emirates. At the University of Oregon he will be teaching beginning and third-year Arabic as well as courses in Arabic Culture and Arab cinema.

Email: garrettd@uoregon.edu

Phone: 541-346-4165

Office Address: 332 SC

Office Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays 4:00pm-5:00pm

Rana Mikati, PhD, Instructor

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Rana Mikati received her PhD at the University of Chicago specializing in Islamic history. She has taught Modern Standard Arabic and Levantine Arabic at the University of Chicago, the American University of Beirut Summer intensive program, and at Washington University in St. Louis. At the University of Oregon, Rana will be teaching beginning and third-year Arabic.

Email: rmikati@uoregon.edu

Phone: 541-346-7214

Office Address: 366 SC

Office Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays 4:00pm-5:00pm

Heather Sweetser, MA, Instructor

Heather Sweetser received her MA in 2012 from Ohio State. A former linguist for the U.S. Army, she studied Arabic in Yemen, Syria, and Egypt, and conducted research while working as a journalist in Sanaa. Heather was an Arabic instructor for the U.S. military and taught first and second-year Arabic at Ohio State. She will be teaching beginning and second-year Arabic at the University of Oregon.

Email: sweetser@uoregon.edu

Phone: 541-346-7214

Office Address: 332 SC

Office Hours: Mondays and Fridays 3:30pm-4:30pm

David Hollenberg, PhD, Director


David HollenbergDavid Hollenberg is Assistant Professor of Arabic Language and Literature in the Department of Religious Studies. He received his PhD in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from the University of Pennsylvania in 2006. Professor Hollenberg has taught Modern Standard Arabic at the University of Pennsylvania, the University  of California, Santa Barbara, and the College of New Jersey and has administered Arabic programs for the Critical Languages Scholarship Program (CLS) in Yemen and James Madison University’s overseas program in Jordan. He has studied Arabic and conducted research in Cairo, Sanaa, Amman, and Rabat.

At the University of Oregon, Professor Hollenberg teaches advanced Arabic text courses. The goal of his courses is for students to increase their facility with Arabic grammar and syntax to prepare them to continue to improve their Arabic independently in professional or academic settings in the Arab world after graduating from UO.

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Arabic Advisory Committee

Hanan Ahmad, Religious Studies

Michael Allan, Comparative Literature

Sean Anthony, History

Rick Colby, Religious Studies

Robert Davis, Romance Languages

David Hollenberg, Religious Studies

Malek Najjar, Theater Arts

Doris Payne, Linguistics

Mark Unno, Religious Studies