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Faten Arfaoui, MA, Instructor

Faten Arfaoui-ProfileFaten Arfaoui has taught Arabic at Texas Tech University since receiving a Fulbright Scholarship in 2008.  She received her MA in Interdisciplinary Studies focused on linguistics and Political Science (2010) and French (2012) from Texas Tech University and was pursuing a PhD in Political Science, Comparative Politics, and Middle Eastern Studies, also at Texas Tech.  She holds a BA in English and International Relations from Ibn Charaf University in Tunisia and speaks various Arabic dialects, including Egyptian and Tunisian. She worked as an Arabic program coordinator and instructor At Dubai American Academy and taught IB program and beginning levels.



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Office Hours: On Leave 2019-20

Abdulrahman Eissa, MA, Instructor


Phone: 541-346-4066

Office Address: 366 SC

Office Hours: Tuesdays & Thursdays 3:00pm-4:30pm on Zoom or Skype (or email)

Hanan Elsherif, PhD, Arabic Coordinator

Hanan Elsherif 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.


Phone: 541-346-7214

Office Address: 321 SC

Office Hours: Tuesdays & Thursdays 2:00pm-3:30pm on Zoom


David Hollenberg, PhD, Director

David HollenbergDavid Hollenberg is Associate 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.

Arabic Advisory Committee

Hanan Ahmad, Religious Studies

Michael Allan, Comparative Literature

Rick Colby, Religious Studies

Robert Davis, Romance Languages

David Hollenberg, Religious Studies

Malek Najjar, Theater Arts

Doris Payne, Linguistics

Mark Unno, Religious Studies