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    ​Iman Abou Harb:
    Iman Abou Harb is a M.A. student in the Department of Arabic and Near Eastern Languages. She has a B.A. in Arabic Language & Literature from Beirut Arab University, a B.A. in Islamic Shariaa, I.T.D Islamic Teaching Diploma, a Diploma in Islamic Fokoh Mukaran, and a M.A. in Islamic Studies titled: Delinquency Phenomena among young in early adolescence, the causes and preventive approach from an Islamic perspective from Beirut Islaminc University. She is interested in Arabic Linguistics, Grammar, and Lexicography.
    email: iaa29@mail.aub.edu

    ​Fatme Cheho​uri:
    ​Fatme  received her BA in Arabic language and literature from the American University of Beirut. She is currently an MA student, third semester, interested in the field of ancient poetry - "Jahiliyya, Umayyid and Abbasid".​
    email: fhc03@mail.aub.edu

    ​Louise Gallorini:
    Louise Gallorini is a PhD candidate in the Department of Arabic and Near Eastern languages. After an B.A. and M.A. in Arabic studies in France (Université Lumière Lyon 2, INALCO) with a focus on modern Gulf and Lebanese Arabic literature, she obtained the John Waterbury Fellowship for the PhD program at the American University of Beirut. Interested by pre-Islamic literature, Quranic studies and Umayyad and Abbasid adab, she is now gone back to the vast world of pre-modern Arabic literature and Islamic studies with a dissertation on the representation and symbolism of angels in the Qur’an and Sufi literature., under the supervision of Dr. Bilal Orfali.
    email: lcg01@mail.aub.edu
    ​Zalfa Hoballah:

    email: zhh05@mail.aub.edu

    ​Ana Iriarte Diez:
    Ana Iriarte Díez is a PhD student at the department of Arabic and Near Eastern languages. She earned her bachelor in Translation and Interpreting from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and her master’s in Arabic Language and Culture from the Institut Français du Proche Orient (Beirut) with a thesis on Mikhail Nuayma and both his linguistic and philosophical theories entitled: “Wiḥdat al-izdiwaj: al-wujūd w-al-lugha”. Ana is currently finishing her PhD in Arabic Linguistics. Her main interests and the focus of her dissertation are the Arabic dialects and their grammar (more concretely the Levantine varieties). Other lines of her research include the disciplines of Semitic Studies, Historical Linguistics and Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language. 

    ​Lina Jammal:
    I was a sophomore pharmacy student when I switched to Arabic literature, and that was after a long struggle I fought with myself and people around me. During my academic life, I moved between three universities, the latest of which was the American University of Beirut. For that reason, I consider myself one of the proudest students belonging to this institute, for I experienced how teaching strategies out there make a difference.
    I was always interested in Arabic calligraphy, and how writing developed over time. It was evident in my Masters’ thesis that monitored the growth of Qur’anic calligraphy. Today, I am lucky to print some manuscripts and practice editing skills. I am also interested in studying ancient literature with a new perspective, searching for links between literary heritage and materialism. Accordingly, I am working on a dissertation about dreams in Arabic literature.
    email: lsj06@mail.aub.edu

    Alaa Aldeen Kayali:
    I am a master’s student at the department of Arabic and Near Eastern languages. I earned my bachelor’s degree in Arabic literature from the same department. My research interests include topics related to Abbasid prose, specifically in the 9th, 10th and 11th centuries. My interest lies in the intellectual variety which existed in the Islamic world at the time, specifically the multicultural backgrounds of the writers of that time and their universal worldview as well as their humanistic and universal conceptions of adab, wisdom, morality, sciences and religion.  I try to look into the Abbasid literature through placing literary texts in the intellectual, cultural, and philosophical context of that period. I am also interested in translation, specifically in the field of Qur’anic studies and theology. My non-academic interests include writing poetry and skiing. I’m planning on applying for a PhD in Arabic literature to further investigate the interchangeable relationship between philosophy and adab in the Abbasid period.

    ​Riccardo Paredi:
    Riccardo Paredi is a PhD candidate in the Department of Arabic and Near Eastern languages. He completed his B.A. at Università Statale di Milano (Linguistic and Cultural Mediation) with a thesis on Ibn ‘Arabī’s Tarjumān al-Ashwāq and Dante’s Vita Nova (2013). He obtained his M.A. at Université Saint-Joseph (Faculty of Religious Sciences, Institute of Muslim-Christian Studies) with a thesis on the mystical symbolism of Mountains in Muslim and Christian traditions (2016). His interests focus on Sufism, Qur’ānic Studies and Islamic Philosophy.
    email: rfp00@mail.aub.edu 

    Philip Raad:
    Philip is from Rock Hill, South Carolina. He studied at the University of South Carolina, Middlebury Arabic School and Indiana University before moving to Beirut in August 2017. His research interests include modern Arabic literature, culture and film, language teaching and multilingualism.​
    email: pjr01@mail.aub.edu

    ​Rita Raad:
    Rita Raad is master candidate in Arabic literature at the American university of Beirut in the department of Arabic and Near eastern languages. She holds a bachelor’s degree and a teaching diploma in Arabic literature from Université Saint Joseph in Beirut and has also earned a bachelor’s degree in Political and Administrative Science from the Lebanese university. 
    She worked with Centre de Recherche et de Publications de l’Orient Chrétien, a research center affiliated to USJ, and was a co-author of the 9th volume of the encyclopedia Al mu’allifūn al masīḥiyyūn al   ̉arab min qabl al Islām ila ākher al qarn al   ̉ichrīn. 
    She taught Arabic language for native students at École des soeurs de la charité de Sainte Jeanne-Antide, Besançon- Baabda (grade 6) for a year, then she joined in 2018 the Arabic Summer Program (CAMEAS) at AUB as a tutor for the intermediate-mid level. 

    Hany Ramadan:​
    Hany Ramadan is a Master’s student in the Arabic and Near Eastern languages. He received BA and teaching diploma from the Saint Joseph University in Beirut, and then got a full scholarship from the American University of Beirut. He is interested in Islamic Studies Islamic Studies, Qur’anic Studies and Abbasid prose. He is currently working, under the supervision of Dr. Bilal Orfali, on his thesis, titled:
    المنهج الصوفيّ في تفسير القرآن ومنهجا التفسير بالمأثور والتفسير بالرأي :دراسة مقارنة في تفسير القرآن الكريم.
    email: hmr12@mail.aub.edu

    ​Khalil Sawan:
    started my graduate studies in the spring of 2017/2018, and my interests lie in Arabic literature, with a focus on contemporary and Nahda studies. I enrolled in the Arabic language and literature program at the American University of Beirut in 2016 after a seven-year career in engineering. I hold a Masters degree in engineering from HCU.
    email: kms27@mail.aub.edu

    Marie Saroufim:
    ​I am a speech and language pathologist currently pursuing my graduate studies at the AUB's Arabic department. I am in the process of writing my MA thesis with emphasis on Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language. My main areas of interest are Arabic linguistics, Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language, and Arabic dialectology.
    email: mrs16@mail.aub.edu
    ​Samia AlTall:
    Samia Al Tall is currently an instructor of Arabic for foreigners at the Institut français du Proche-Orient (Ifpo’s department of Medieval and Modern Arabic Studies).  At the same time, she is working on her Masters of Arts degree in Arabic Language and Literature at the Department of Arabic and Near Eastern languages at AUB. Samia studies craziness and foolness in the works of the 4th – 5th century Al-Nishapouri and the 6th century Ibn al-Jawzi. She also teaches  Modern Standart Arabic and Lebanese dialect for advanced and intermediate levels at the center of Arab and middle eastern studies (CAMES) in the summer.
    email: ska30@mail.aub.edu