February 20, 2012

The Hertog Global Strategy Initiative Summer 2012

The Hertog Global Strategy Initiative Summer 2012: The History and Future of Religious Violence and Apocalyptic Movements

Join top scholars and policymakers for a total immersion summer course in New York City on Religious Violence and Apocalyptic Movements.

More than just classes, the Hertog Global Strategy Initiative is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for undergraduates, graduate students, and mid-career professionals to combine intensive academic study with original research and policy analysis.

The seminar will take place over ten weeks, from May 29 through August 2 2012, at Columbia University. It begins with two weeks of “total immersion” training on global religious violence. Following, there are seven weeks during which students conduct original research and collaborate on team projects. The class reconvenes in the first week of August for students to present their research and participate in a crisis simulation exercise. Participants then have four weeks to write an article-length paper based on their summer research. Students taking the course for credit will receive eight points, the equivalent of two semester-long courses at Columbia.

The seminar will be taught by Matthew Connelly, professor of international history at Columbia University; Monica Toft, director of the Belfer Center’s Initiative on Religion in International Affairs at Harvard University; and more than a dozen other renowned experts.

Learn from the experts and help set the agenda for governments, international NGOs, academia, and the media: May–August 2012.

Application Deadline: March 16, 2012
For application information, financial aid, and summer housing in New York, visit globalstrategy@columbia.edu

Please direct any further questions to globalstrategy@columbia.edu or 212-854-9854

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January 27, 2012

Summer Course “Polemos/Pulmus: Ways of Confrontation in Judaism, Paganism and Christianity in Late Antiquity”

Summer Course “Polemos/Pulmus: Ways of Confrontation in Judaism, Paganism and Christianity in Late Antiquity”

Location: Central European University (CEU) in Budapest, Hungary,
Date: July 9‑20, 2012

CEU's summer school invites applications from doctoral students, postdocs, junior faculty and researchers from all over the world.

The course aims at exploring the nature and various ways of confrontation between and within Early and Rabbinic Judaism, the Early Church, and Pagan religions and schools of thought. The sessions discuss how these movements coped with conflicts within and without; what their strategies were in confronting and accommodating foreign ideas, competing religions, worldly powers or internal subversion; and what role these external and internal confrontations played in shaping them.

Course faculty include Daniel Boyarin, Shaye J. D. Cohen, John M. Dillon, Mark Edwards and Guy G. Stroumsa.

The application deadline is February 15, 2012.

Financial aid is available.

More detailed information available at http://www.summer.ceu.hu/polemos‑2012.

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January 06, 2012

The National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations' Sixteenth Annual Oman Cultural Immersion Program


Applications Now Being Accepted for The National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations' Sixteenth Annual Oman Cultural Immersion Program

February 15 - 28, 2012

The National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations is pleased to offer, through its Joseph J. Malone Fellowship in Arab and Islamic Studies Program, the Sixteenth Annual Oman Cultural Immersion study visit to the Sultanate of Oman February 17-28, 2012. Fellows are required to participate in and complete a pre-departure orientation in Washington, D.C. to be held on February 15-16. This unique opportunity will provide a privileged first hand exposure to one of the Arab world's most demographically, geographically, and socially diverse countries.

The National Council is currently accepting applications to participate in this study visit. APPLY NOW!

American professionals in academia, government, the military, non-governmental organizations, business, religious institutions, the media, civic associations, as well as the fine arts, humanities, and the social sciences are invited to apply.

The Sixteenth Annual Oman Cultural Immersion study visit will provide participants an educational experience that few Westerners and even fewer Americans have had. The program is choreographed to provide Malone Fellows an unparalleled diverse exposure to Oman -- one of the most historically and culturally rich of all Arab and Islamic societies. Until relatively recent times, the Sultanate languished in its status as one of the most forgotten corners of all Arabia. Anyone in doubt about the extraordinary opportunity that being able to visit Oman in this manner presents need only consult any of the several National Geographic Magazine features on the country in the past two decades.


The program begins in the capital territory centered on the coastal communities of Muscat and Mutrah, where there will be meetings and briefings at the U.S. Embassy, one or more Omani ministries, and visits to sites of historical interest. The remainder of the program unfolds away from the capital in the Sultanate's extraordinarily diverse interior. As we traverse the countryside, we will camp outdoors amid the dunes of the Sharqiyyah Sands, an eastern extension of the Rub' Al-Khali (The Empty Quarter), the world's largest desert. In that region and elsewhere, we will visit remote villages, scale mountains, and stop in far-flung oases for rest, leisure, photography, and shopping for handicrafts, Bedouin jewelry, or antiques.

We will also explore several of the country's famous forts of yesteryear, visit the ancient mud-brick walled settlement of Bahla, designated by UNESCO as one of the Heritages of Humankind, and trek through archaeological ruins. We will visit sites that, not that long ago, housed wealthy merchants who plied their goods throughout the vast Oman-influenced territories stretching from Iraq and Kuwait in the west and north to the east and the south Iranian coast, extending through the Hormuz Strait and along the Sultanate's Batinah coast to the Gulf of Oman, the Arabian Sea, and the Indian Ocean, and from there on to Pakistan, South Arabia, and East Africa.

The delegation will also spend time with fisher folk, loom weavers, and clay potters; travel along the country's spectacular littoral fronting the Arabian Sea, the Indian Ocean, the Gulf of Oman, and the Persian Gulf; and sail with Arab mariners for the better part of two days on a dhow, a traditional wooden handmade Arab vessel to which modern day sailors familiar with the history of navigation and nautical sciences acknowledge an enormous debt.

As we sail north towards the Iranian coast, we'll turn east to circumnavigate the Musandam Peninsula, which straddles the southernmost reaches of the Persian Gulf and the northernmost waters of the Gulf of Oman. We will anchor at sea and sleep overnight in a cove adjacent to the Strait of Hormuz, the world's most important waterway, through which the giant tankers carrying the Gulf region's unmatched production of oil and gas must pass en route to the world's energy-hungry markets and economies.

The delegation will also drop anchor and go ashore at Telegraph Island and one or more additional coastal sites during the journey. Amid the many inlets dominating the Musandum Peninsula, participants will be able to swim and snorkel to their heart's content offshore Telegraph Island, a rugged outcropping of rock that for a brief period was once one of the marvels of mid-19th century British telecommunication. The group will also visit villages atop the peninsula overlooking the fjords of a region that has been aptly termed Arabia's Norway.

Traveling deep into the interior and along the coasts, the delegation will be transported by Omani guides in four-wheel drive all-terrain vehicles. Throughout our time in Oman there will be ample opportunity to photograph and video some of the most stunning scenery and people in all of Arabia.


The escort for the Sixteenth Annual Oman Cultural Immersion Program will be Dr. John Duke Anthony, Founding President & CEO of the National Council, who has been a regular visitor to Oman since 1971. Dr. Anthony's publications include The Historical and Cultural Dictionary of the Sultanate of Oman and the Emirates of Eastern Arabia; Arab States of the Lower Gulf: People, Politics, Petroleum; and Oman: Girding and Guarding the Gulf. English-speaking Omani guides will accompany the participants throughout this experience and will be able to provide historical background, cultural insight, and field unlimited questions.


The fee for the Sixteenth Annual Oman Cultural Immersion study visit is $7,000.00 per person. Commercial tours of similar duration are typically much more expensive and offer far less access to the diversity of Omani geography, life, and culture. When coupled with the privileged availability of official and informal briefings included in the itinerary, this National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations program offers an exceptional opportunity.

The price includes single-occupancy rooms, guides, and meals throughout the program from the time of departure from Washington, D.C. until return to the United States.

There is no direct financial award connected to the Malone Fellows Program. Those selected as "Oman Cultural Immersion Program" participants will automatically be named "Malone Fellows in Arab and Islamic Studies." Fellows and/or their employers are responsible for the $7,000 study visit fee in addition to a nonreturnable $100 application fee. These fees must be paid in full to the National Council before final acceptance into the program. The higher actual costs of the program are subsidized by the National Council and its supporters.

All participants are responsible for booking and covering the cost of their own transportation to and from Washington, D.C., as well as two nights' accommodation in D.C. (February 14-15, 2012), as part of the pre-departure orientation.

All participants are required to attend the two-day pre-departure orientation program -- February 15 and 16 -- in Washington, D.C. The orientation provides an extraordinary, in-depth introduction to the history, geography, and geology, as well as the economic, social, and political dynamics of Oman. Leading scholars and diplomats serve as resource specialists for these sessions and provide unique insights based on their personal experiences in Oman. Program alumni have repeatedly commented that, once on the ground, this pre-departure experience has enabled them to encounter the country and its people with a heightened sensitivity to the ongoing impact of the country's past and a sharpened awareness of the present.


Individuals interested in being selected to participate in the Sixteenth Annual Oman Cultural Immersion Program study visit to the Sultanate of Oman are required to submit a Malone Fellowship Application and supporting documentation to the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations no later than January 30, 2012.

The application can be found through the link below or on the National Council's website ncusar.org.



American professionals in academia, government, the military, non-governmental organizations, business, religious institutions, the media, civic associations, as well as the fine arts, humanities, and the social sciences are invited to apply.

Because a visa is required of all individuals entering Oman, the National Council will need to obtain that documentation for each participant. Once individuals are selected to participate in the study visit, they will be asked to submit their passports to the National Council's office along with a completed visa application, two (2) passport sized photos, and the U.S. $ 30.00 visa application fee. Note that that the visa fee must be sent as a money order payable to the "Embassy of Oman"; personal checks are not acceptable. U.S. passports must be valid for at least six (6) months from the date of departure, with at least two (2) clear visa pages adjacent to each other. All materials should be assembled and sent by traceable express (USPS, FEDEX, UPS, etc.) delivery to the National Council's Washington offices.


***PLEASE NOTE THAT THE FOLLOWING ITINERARY IS ILLUSTRATIVE AND BASED ON THE PROGRAM'S EXPERIENCE SPANNING THE PAST FIFTEEN YEARS. Scheduling of official appointments, weather, availability of transportation, museum hours, and the unknown may cause changes in the delegation's itinerary as we travel.***

Day 1 - Friday, February 17 - Arrive in Muscat

Arrive at Seeb International Airport (SIA) in the Sultanate's Capital Territory and transfer to hotel.

Day 2 - Saturday, February 18 - Discovering Muscat and U.S. Embassy Briefing

An early visit to the suq (traditional market) in Mutrah where local merchants conduct a brisk business with their daily catch of fish and latest stock of fruits and vegetables. Stroll the panoramic corniche along the Mutrah waterfront with its centuries-old architecture and experience the spirit of a bygone era. Continue on to the traditional suq. There will be time to return to the suq later in the day, but this initial exploration will identify shops to explore at leisure later. Old Muscat includes the Royal Palace flanked by Jalali and Mirani Forts, built in the late sixteenth century during the Portuguese occupation. The Zubair Museum, one of the Sultanate's finest, offers an excellent display of Omani culture, costume, ornamentation, and history.

Return to hotel for lunch and to change clothes.

In the afternoon there will be a briefing at the U.S. Embassy. [Ground rules long-adhered to by previous study visit delegations and much appreciated by everyone involved with these programs will apply. These ground rules will be discussed during the pre-departure orientation program held in Washington, D.C.]

Evening at leisure.

Day 3 - Sunday, February 19 - Exploration of Muscat and Ministry briefings

One or more official briefings with government ministries will be scheduled. Additional visits may include Bayt Al Baranda, a new interactive museum, the Grand Mosque, a Hindu Temple that serves the spiritual and social needs of Oman's long-established Hindu community, Oman's premiere hotel, the Al Bustan Palace, and the dhow built by Omani craftsmen in association with the world renowned explorer, Tim Severin, who together with Omani navigators and sailors, re-traced the legendary "Sindbad Voyage" of centuries earlier from Muscat to Canton (Guangzhou), China.

After lunch, the itinerary will include a visit to the Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) refinery and Oil Exhibition Center. Sunset cruise and dinner aboard a dhow. Return to hotel.

Day 4 - Monday, February 20 - Into the Desert

After breakfast the delegation will depart for the Wahibah Sands, an expanse of undulating ochre and tan dunes reaching heights of up to 200-meters (600-700 feet) with a wide variety of flora and fauna, depending on rainfall. Possible stops along the way include the dhow ship building yard in Sur, the tomb of Bibi Mariam near Qalhat (once visited by Marco Polo and Ibn Battuta), Qurayyat to visit the 400-year old fort and fish market, the Bedouin market at Sinaw, and Lizq where steep mountainside steps lead to a Bronze Age ruin, the oldest recorded structure in Oman and all of eastern Arabia. Time permitting another stop may include the old mercantile community, now largely abandoned, of Al-Mansah.

The fellows will then head into the dunes and a Bedouin-style overnight experience at Al Areesh Desert Camp, complete with barbeque dinner, entertainment, and sleeping under the stars. The "camp" is comprised of tents with electricity and two single beds. Showers, basins, and flush toilets are provided for additional comfort.

Day 5 - Tuesday, February 21 - Discovering the "forestland"

Visit oasis farms that produce dates and bananas and then on to the desert woodlands near Kamil, center of the Al-Harthy tribe. Possible visits with Bedouin families to learn about their lives, together with their animals and other means of livelihood, the lives of their forebears, and the hopes they have for their children. Evening at leisure.

Day 6 - Wednesday, February 22 - Into the Interior . . . old capital of Nizwa

Image courtesy of the University of Texas Libraries,
The University of Texas at Austin.

Depart in four-wheel drive, all terrain vehicles en route through the Sumail Gap that divides the Hajar Mountains, East and West, first stopping at Fanjah, a prosperous community along the old trade routes to the interior. Further inland along the flanks of the jabals (Arabic for "mountains"), stop at Birqat (Arabic for "well") Al-Mawz (Arabic for "bananas"), the "rainbow city," so-called because of the configuration of strata that serves as a backdrop for the locale. Then on to Nizwa, seat of the former Ibadhi Imamate and center of scholarly learning and traditional education, closely linked to historically Ibadi communities in Algeria, Libya, East Africa, and elsewhere. Visit the suq and fortress, see the Grand Mosque, one of the largest and most distinctive in the Sultanate. Break for lunch at a traditional-style Omani restaurant en route. Afternoon visits to the pottery center in Bahla, Bahla Fort (under reconstruction by UNESCO), and Jabrin Castle and Fort, among the best preserved, architecturally stunning and most famous sites in all of Oman. Built in 1670 by an imam of the Ya'aruba dynasty (17th-18th centuries), until the mid-nineteenth century, Jabrin was the seat of a prosperous merchant community linked with the Indian sub-continent and with East Africa. Hotel in Nizwa.

Day 7 - Thursday, February 23 - Exploring the Jabals

>From Nizwa explore the jabals and the wadis (dry stream beds) that the mountainous terrain and periodic rainfall create. Visit Al-Hamra to view Hasat bin Sult Rock and its ancient petroglyphs. See the village of Ghul at the outlet of Wadi Nakhul and view the ancient falaj system of underground water channels that makes agriculture possible in this area of limited precipitation and small land holdings. Traverse mountain trails to view the summit of Jabal Shams, the highest point in Oman, and for a panoramic view of Wadi Nakhul Gorge, which many American visitors have likened to the Grand Canyon in the United States.

Day 8 - Friday, February 24 - Return to Muscat

Travel from the interior back to Muscat for final explorations, shopping, and a last dinner in the capital city. Possible stops include those places missed on Day 6.

Day 9 - Saturday, February 25 - Travel to Musandam

The Musandam Peninsula is often described as resembling the fjords of Norway with steep, crevice-strewn mountains descending to the sea. This region is separated from the rest of Oman by 70 kilometers (45 miles) and the territory of the United Arab Emirates (as Alaska is separated by Canada from the United States). The furthermost points of the promontory look out over the Strait of Hormuz, the maritime passageway through which moves much of the world's Gulf-supplied oil and natural gas. While the southern coast of Iran is situated on the far side of the strait, the supertanker routes lie almost entirely in Omani territorial waters as they transit this globally vital geostrategic passage.

Afternoon visit to Wadi Tawi site of a series of Arabia's and humanity's most ancient rock-drawings depicting camels, ships, and warriors. Then drive up to Jabal Harim, the highest point in the Musandam, and down to view Khawr Al-Najd, one of the peninsula's most scenic fjords. Finish the afternoon with a stopover in Khalidyah Park, an Acacia forest that is home to many species of birds and butterflies, before returning to hotel.

Day 10 - Sunday, February 26 - Sailing the Fjords

Sail aboard a dhow to Khawr Ash-Sham, the most prominent fjord in the Musandam, stopping at Telegraph Island, for a few years in the 1860s a lone British telecommunications outpost linking London with Bombay by undersea cable. Stop at the village of Sibi and get a feel for its isolated existence. After an on-board lunch and possibly time for a swim and snorkeling, head to Kumzar at the northern extremity of the Musandam directly across the sea from the south shore of Iran. Dinner and overnight aboard the dhow.

Day 11 - Monday, February 27 - Return to Khasab

Wake up aboard the dhow for return voyage to Khasab. Afternoon exploring Khasab. Dinner and last minute shopping. Pack for return to United States.

Day 12 - Tuesday, February 28 - Travel to Dubai for flight to Washington, D.C.

Drive to Dubai to connect with return flight to Dulles International. From Dulles, participants are responsible for their own onward transportation.

American professionals in academia, government, the military, non-governmental organizations, business, religious institutions, the media, civic associations, as well as the fine arts, humanities, and the social sciences are invited to apply.


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September 15, 2011

Unique Opportunities from the Dept. of Islamic and Middle-Eastern Studiesa and The Institute of Archeology

Unique Opportunities from the Dept. of Islamic and Middle-Eastern Studiesa and The Institute of Archeology

The Faculty of Humanities, The Dept. of Islamic and Middle-Eastern Studies, The Institute of Archeology offer a Hands-on Experience in Islamic Art and Archeology: Lectures, field trips, excavation in the first 3 weeks of July 2012

This four-credit academic summer course, combined with a firsthand experience in archeological excavation, will take place at one of the sites dated to the Islamic period in Israel. 15 students will be admitted, from various universities in Israel and abroad, preferably graduate students of Islamic and Middle-Eastern studies, history, art and archeology. The program includes lectures, workshops in Islamic material culture (numismatics, epigraphy, ceramics, glass and metalwork); field trips to Islamic historical sites and to art and archaeological collections. The participants will be expected to read background material and to write an excavation report and an essay.

We cover all the expenses: hotel, meals and field trips!
The student is responsible for their own airfare.

For further information and registration, please write to the Dept. of Islamic and Middle-Eastern Studies, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, ISRAEL, islam-mideast@savion.huji.ac.il

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May 06, 2011

Jordan Language Academy--Summer Complete Immersion Program: 2011

Jordan Language Academy--Summer Complete Immersion Program: 2011

Dates: Starts on the 25th of June and Ends on the 18th of August
Days of the Week: Sunday - Thursday
Timing: 9: a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (5 teaching hours with one hour break)
Staff Members: Our staff members are highly qualified professors and instructors who have very impressive knowledge and experience in their fields. All of them are specialized in the subjects they teach and have the experience and publications that make us proud of having them all with us.

Tuition Fees: 1050 Jordanian Dinars
Group Rates: 930 Jordanian Dinars (A group is 5 or more students)
A Jordanian Dinar is equivalent to 1.4 US $ and approximately 0.87 British Pound. Our rates do not include housing, food, excursions and entrance fees to Jordanian sites. Students can borrow textbooks from the Academy and hand them by the end of the course. You can bring your textbook with you as it is cheap overseas. Jordan Language Academy offers very special group rates.

Total Number of Hours: 200 contact hours.

A: Language: The language program is divided into 3 major levels are beginners, intermediate and advanced. All these levels include the four major skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening. Special emphasis is put on grammar, vocabulary and conversational skills. The standard percentage of dialect is 20%, although many institutions ask for more or less than this percentage. JLA expresses flexibility on this regard n order to meet the different needs of its students. Each level has its standard curricula and textbooks.

B: Culture: Parallel to the language program we have a cultural program that includes Arabic literature, Calligraphy, Archaeology of Jordan, Arabic society, Arabic media, Arabic music, Middle East political issues, Arabic culture (traditions, customs, costumes and Arabic cooking). Advanced programs include language, culture, clubs, and basic courses in translation and interpretation.
Clubs: JLA has the following clubs to encourage students using the language and familiarizing themselves with the culture:

- Chatting Club: students will have the chance to sit and chat with a native speaker of Arabic according to a schedule of topics that enforce the topics they studied in classroom. In this club students will have a more spontaneous conversation and can learn from their own mistakes.
- Book Club: The book club is arranged by your professors. Your professors will suggest an Arabic book to be read every fortnight. The professor will give a general presentation on the blogs on the JLA website. During the week, students and the professor will discuss online the main themes, the plot, the style of the writer etc. This proved to be a very informative and useful method to our students as they can learn a lot from their professors and from each other.
- Cinema Club: In this club, very selective Arabic films and documentaries are presented to our students at a regular basis.
- Cooking Club: One of our enthusiastic teachers will introduce major Arabic and Jordanian and Middle Eastern dishes to our students. Students will participate in preparing dishes and enjoy the food after that.

In some cases, if the students' number in a course or program is three or less, we have the right to change the course from a full/part- time format into tutoring format. Students are always welcome to suggest a course to the JLA administration, which will be very positively considered. We are always ready to tune our courses to meet our students’ needs. Please do not hesitate to give us your comments and suggestions so we can be of help to you.

Teaching Methodology: Our approach is mainly communicative. We believe in interactive and dynamic methodology. It proved to be very effective in the development of students' communication skills. In most of our classes, students are given good chances to practice and develop their speaking, listening, reading and writing skills.

The communicative method belief is that it is important not to be restricted by a specific Arabic language textbook. Although we rely on Al-Kitaab and other series, we never feel that textbooks must be used from cover to cover. They should only be used as tool, as a starting-point. With a little inspiration and imagination, an Arabic language textbook can be manipulated and rendered for a more communicative purpose. Teachers must free themselves from it, rely more on their own command of language and professional expertise as to what linguistic items, skills, idioms, phrases, words, need to be drilled, exploited and extended.

We do not want you to know Arabic without being able to use it. We want you to use it, practice it. Language is a practical skill you need to develop through practice, not only something you need to learn. That is why our teaching method focuses on the development of the four skills: speaking, listening, reading & writing.

Our staff members are highly qualifies professors and instructors who have very impressive knowledge and experience in their fields. All of them are specialized in the subjects they teach and have the experience and publications that make us proud of having them all with us.

Each course syllabus is built and prepared for each subject under reliable and objective measures of linguistic ability and details the specific contents and skills that students should learn and acquire in each level.

Although we are very confident that we offer the best service, we will be always happy to receive your comments and suggestions to meet our students' expectations.

Placement Test: On the first day of study students will sit for a skill placement test. The placement test will evaluate your skill level and place you in the right class.
Development Test: By the end of the course students sit for a development test so JLA and students and if applicable their institutions will have a detailed idea about their skill development.
Course Evaluation Report: Students will be asked to fill a Course Evaluation form so JLA can get their feedback and comments on courses, instruction, etc so we can protect our standards. And make sure that our standards are consistent in all classes and sections.
Library: Jordan Language Academy has an agreement with ACOR (American Center of Oriental Research)
Our students are always welcome to use the rich library of ACOR.
Research Libraries Specializing in Jordan and the Middle East:
-Council of British Research in the Levant
-German Protestant Institute of Archaelogy
-Institut français du Proche-Orient-
-British Council

Important libraries in Jordan:
-Abdul Hamid Shoman Library
-National Library of Jordan
-Jordan University Main Library
-Yarmouk University Library (Irbid)

Speakers: We have a regular program of guest speakers. Our speakers are well-known distinguished people in many cultural fields.
Flexibility: JLA offers tailor-made programs that meet the needs of learners. We can arrange programs and courses to one or more students according to their specific and technical needs. We have done that several times for students from different countries and reached excellent results. These courses can be offered anytime of the year.
Excursion: Learning Arabic is not restricted to classroom education and weekdays. JLA offers a range of optional full and half-day excursions to nearby archaeological sites, natural treasures of Jordan and cultural activities and events. Your professors, specialized tour guides, or archaeologists will accompany you in your tours. Students will be encouraged to practice their Arabic in these excursions. These excursions can be combined with lessons or private tutoring. Tours are usually arranged in weekends.
Volunteer Work: JLA is very keen to find natural cultural opportunities for its students to further immerse in the Arabic culture. Students can strengthen their knowledge of the social life, economic pattern, cultural norms and customs etc, by complementing their language learning experience in an authentic environment far from books and classrooms. We find volunteer work opportunities for our students in the Jordanian institutions. These opportunities are dominated by students' skills, commitment, and their backgrounds from one side and the opportunities available in the Jordanian institutions at a given time.
Our Location:
Jordan Language Academy
29 Al - Bader Street (7th Circle)
To Google our location, please visit: http://jordanla.com/jordan/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=95&Itemid=300051

Our Contact Details:
P.O. Box 5537 Amman 11953
Mobile +962 77 950 2229
Telephone : + 962 6 5820986
FAX: + 962 6 5820985
Amman - Jordan

Accommodation: Students can choose any of the following options of accommodation in Amman while studying at JLA:
1) Home stay: JLA arranges home stay with local families (according to availability) who are carefully selected. In this case, two-three meals will be served by the host family.
2) Furnished Apartment: JLA can rent furnished apartments for students
3) Hotel: JLA can arrange a long hotel stay in a nearby neighborhood.
All these options can be arranged for singles or families.
For more details please contact us.

Internet & Free WI-FI: We offer our students free High Speed Wireless Internet Access in all parts of JLA. Students are welcome to bring their laptops and connect to the internet in any part of the JLA.
Assistance: The JLA staff, academic and administrative, take care of the students' needs for the complete duration of their stay. They are always available to give students every kind of information and to offer any kind of help they may need.

Academic Credit: Jordan Language Academy can help in arranging academic credit on an individual basis. If student are in a university or college and they like to receive academic credit at their home institution, they need to pass final exams for all the Arabic courses at JLA. Students should discuss in advance with their professor on their campus their desire to transfer credits and have the professor sign the appropriate part of the application form. Students may choose to be graded on an A, B, C, D, F scale, or PASS/FAIL.

A written summary of course work and individual achievement will be provided for any student applying for university credit. We can provide your home institution with course syllabi, course descriptions, and course schedules to help them approve the classes. Once you have begun taking courses here we can continue to communicate with your home institution with attendance sheets, grades, and progress reports. And finally, upon course completion, an official transcript is provided.

Your courses can be certified by the following institutions:

1- Jordan Language Academy:
We offer two types of certificates:
- A certificate of attendance: this can be offered to all students who attend classes regularly.
- A certificate of passing courses examinations: this can be offered after passing final exams for all or some Arabic courses. If students choose to receive this kind of certificate they should sit for a final exam and receive grades. An official transcript is issued with this certificate. This type of certificates can be offered to all or part of the courses you study.

2- American Consultants for Training (ACT)
American Consultants for Training is a leading international organization based in Texas, USA, that provides training, career development and consultation services for educational institutes as well as businesses around the world.

ACT offers a world's leading range of certificates based upon an international standardized assessment scheme which was developed in accordance with The American Association for training and consultation.

If you choose to be assessed by ACT you need to express interest at least 8 weeks before the end of your course.

3- Jordanian Association of Translators and Applied Linguists
The Jordanian Association of Translators and Applied Linguists is an official Jordanian organization based in Amman. The Association offers certificates after they refer to the records, reports and a summary of course work offered by JLA. The Association offers two types of certificates:
1- A certificate of attendance: this can be offered to all students who attend classes regularly
2- A certificate of passing courses examination: this can be offered after passing final exams.

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April 25, 2011

Dar al Islam Teachers' Institute: Understanding and Teaching About Islam

Dar al Islam Teachers' Institute: Understanding and Teaching About Islam

July 5-17, 2011
Abiquiu, New Mexico

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Priority deadline
extended to May 9th.

Dar al Islam is pleased to offer the 21st annual residential Teachers'
Institute during the summer of 2011! Classes on Islamic faith,
practice, history and culture are taught by university professors and
Islamic Scholars from the U.S. and abroad. Participants will become
more familiar with resources and with ideas for integrating those
resources into social studies, religion or world history curriculum.
While the focus of this Institute is on secondary school teachers, we
have and will host other professionals, such as higher education
institution faculty and staff, curriculum developers, and museum

This program is free of charge! Dar al Islam will provide books and
supplementary teaching materials, on-site room and board, and
transportation to and from the Albuquerque International Airport.
(Participants pay their roundtrip travel expenses to New Mexico.) The
program held at Dar al Islam's campus, designed by the world famous
Egyptian architect Hassan Fathy, in the breathtaking mountains of
Abiquiu, New Mexico, which is one hour north of Santa Fe.
Participants, faculty, and staff are all housed on the campus,
allowing for a great deal of learning through informal conversations
and interactions.

For more information about Dar al Islam and the Teachers Institute,
including a full brochure, video, and application, visit us online at
www.daralislam.org. If you have any questions, contact Rehana Shafi
at InstituteDirector@daralislam.org.

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March 28, 2011

Summer Course on Refugee and Forced Migration Issues

The Centre for Refugee Studies at York University, Toronto, Canada is offering its eight-day Summer Course on Refugee and Forced Migration Issues for its 15th consecutive year from May 8 - May 15, 2011. The full course days will run from 8:30am to 5:00pm.

The summer course is open to both academics and practitioners seeking to expand their knowledge of contemporary critical elements of forced migration/refugee issues. Participants range from government officials and NGO personnel to university faculty and graduate students. Undergraduate students can apply if they will be finishing their degree by the time the course begins. Applicants must have good to excellent English speaking and reading skills. No translation services are available.

The summer course provides:
-A York University--Centre for Refugee Studies Summer Course Certificate
-An interdisciplinary, interactive and experiential approach to the study of forced migration and refugee issues
-A comparative global approach that exposes participants to the different perspectives of scholars and field-based specialists from Canada and abroad
-Highlights from research and practical work in different regions including North and South America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia
-A blend of well-respected academics and practitioners with an excellent national and international track record of research, policy engagement and publications

Summer course topics include:
-UNHCR, the Convention and the International refugee regime
-UNRWA and Palestian Refugees
-Sexuality and gender issues
-Environmentally induced displacement
-Protection of internally displaced persons
-Root causes of forced migration
-Refugee resettlement policy
-Forced displacement: international case studies
-The future of forced migration

The course fee is $1200 (canadian dollars). Visa applicants must register by February 28th, 2011 and non-visa applicants by April 30th, 2011.

Forms and information may be accessed at http://crs.yorku.ca/summer/. Application materials may be submitted either electronically, by fax, or by mail to Brigette Cairus and questions (preferably) by e-mail.

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February 07, 2011

PARC U.S. Faculty Development Seminar

PARC U.S. Faculty Development Seminar on Palestine
May 19-30, 2011 in Jerusalem and the West Bank
Original application deadline: January 31, 2011
Award notification: March 18, 2011

PARC announces its second faculty development seminar on Palestine. This 12-day seminar is for U.S. faculty members with a demonstrated interest in, but little travel experience to, Palestine. PARC will select 10 to 15 U.S. faculty members to participate in Jerusalem-based activities that will include lectures, workshops and visits to local universities and other related institutions in the West Bank. Through these activities, participants will learn about the region, deepen their knowledge of their particular fields of interest as they relate to Palestine, and build relationships with Palestinian academic colleagues.

Applicants must:
-Be U.S. citizens.
-Be full-time faculty members at recognized U.S. colleges or universities. Applicants may come from any academic discipline, including the humanities, social sciences, economics, law, health, and science.
-Have a demonstrated interest in Palestine.
-Have little travel experience to Palestine.
-Be willing to integrate their experiences from the seminar into their own teaching and/or pursue a joint research project or publication with a Palestinian colleague.
-Be a member of PARC.

PARC will make all arrangements for seminars, workshops, tours and meetings with Palestinian academic colleagues. PARC will also make arrangements and cover all expenses for in-country group ground travel, accommodations, and group meals. Personal expenses will be the responsibility of each faculty member. Faculty members will need to provide their own international airfare. In cases of need, PARC will consider partial funding for international travel. For more information about this program, please visit PARC on the Web at http://parc-us-pal.org or send an email to us.parc@gmail.com. (Program contingent upon funding.)

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February 02, 2011

Summer Institute for Kazakh, Uyghur, and Uzbek

Summer Institute for Kazakh, Uyghur, and Uzbek

The Central Eurasian Studies Summer Institute (CESSI) is an eight-week
intensive language training program for undergraduates, graduate students, and members of the community. In its inaugural year, 2011, CESSI will offer intensive first- and second-year Kazakh, intensive first- and second-year Uyghur, intensive first-year Uzbek, and intensive second-year Tajik. Scheduling of classes is contingent upon sufficient enrollment, particularly at the upper levels. CESSI will be held at the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 2011 through 2013.

The priority deadline for admission and the fee remission grant is March 15, 2011. The application deadline for Foreign Language and Area Studies. (FLAS) fellowships at UW-Madison is February 15, 2011.

CESSI is a joint initiative of 22 U.S. Department of Education-funded National Resource Centers at 12 U.S. universities, along with Nazarbayev University (Astana, Kazakhstan).

For more information, please visit: www.creeca.wisc.edu/cessi With questions, please write to cessi@creeca.wisc.edu or call: 608-262-3379.

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Teachers Educating Across Cultures in Harmony (TEACH)

Teachers Educating Across Cultures in Harmony (TEACH)

TEACH is a program aimed at cross cultural exchanges and increased knowledge between educators in the United States and the Arab World. In March 2011, the Bilateral US-Arab Chamber of Commerce will lead a delegation of selected instructors to the Kingdom of Bahrain for the purpose of raising awareness, understanding, and cooperation between educators in the United States and the Middle East. This exchange will provide participating instructors with practical experience that can be brought to the classroom and allow the transfer of cultural understanding into educational work.

Through the TEACH Fellowship program, educators will explore the education system of Bahrain, the challenges that Bahraini educators face, and women’s role in education. They will receive commercial, political, and cultural briefings by the decision makers and thought leaders of Bahrain. Educators will visit with the U.S. Embassy, the Economic Development Board, and members of Parliament. Educators will also participate in excursions to Bahrain’s culturally and historically significant sites, such as the Bahrain Ancient Fort, Al-Areen Wildlife Sanctuary, containing endangered species such as Arabian Onyx, Barbar Temple, and A'ali Burial Mounds - largest prehistoric cemetery in the world. Participation fee for the trip is $500 which includes:

* International Roundtrip Airfare
* Site Visits
* Airfare between the countries
* Most Meals
* Hotel Accommodations
* Networking Receptions
* Ground Transportation
* Visas Program

For information, contact: Hala Al-Abdulwahed at Hala@bilateralchamber.org or call 713.880.8168.

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November 03, 2010

Learn Arabic with AMBergh Education

AMBergh Education offers you the opportunity to improve your Arabic language skills and knowledge about the Arab world.

The leading Universities and Language Institutes in Morocco, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria offer excellent opportunities to learn Arabic in an effective and interesting manner. Our students can choose between individual or group instruction starting almost every week year round. Students may study for as long as they like and at their own level. Additional studies or specialization in, for example, culture, history and business is also offered. We can help you arrange excursions and accommodation with a family, in an apartment or hostel.

AMBergh Education is a Swedish company that works in association with the major universities and language institutes regarding information, counseling, applications and payment.

Read about the different offerings and information about planning and prices at www.arabic-studies.com.

Additional Contact Information:

AMBergh Education
Vastmannagatan 50
SE-113 25
Stockholm, Sweden

Telephone: +46 8 612 23 30
Email: arabic@ambergh.com

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October 06, 2010

"Take a Stand Against Islamophobia" Campaign

JstreetU--"Take a Stand Against Islamophobia" Campaign

JstreeU will be having a Coffee Talk this Wednesday (October 6) at 8:30 pm in room 3427 Mason Hall with the Muslim Student Association. Free coffee and hot cocoa will be served while we discuss the anti-Muslim sentiment spreading across the country. Learn why the fight against Islamophobia should be important to you as an American, and what common misconceptions exist about Islam.

JstreetUmich is the Progressive Israel group on campus that strives to educate and advocate peace in the Middle East. Right now, JstreetU is working on a campaign to combat anti-Muslim Sentiment in Michigan and the USA. To learn more visit http://jstreetumich.com/

Help JstreetU spread the word about their campaign, and advocate a student voice against religious intolerance by signing their petition https://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?formkey=dFFDamhfZ3p6Z1lpNDBURFFWZ3N6S2c6MQ
Once there are 1,000 signatures, JstreetU will be publishing an ad in the Daily for the campaign. The ad will include the signature count, and all of the groups who are co-sponsoring. The ultimate goal right now is to pass an MSA resolution against Islamophobia once enough support for the campaign has been gained.

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to email Alexandra Levy at aglevy13@gmail.com or our outreach chair, Yonah Lieberman at yonahl@umich.edu.

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February 03, 2010

Aga Khan University –Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations (AKU-ISMC)

From 2006, The Aga Khan University, Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations (AKU-ISMC) has been offering an MA in Muslim Cultures.


Our Masters is an intensive, interdisciplinary two-year programme which aims to bring together various intellectual and cultural perspectives in a dynamic learning environment. The distinctiveness of our approach lies in our emphasis on the use of concepts from the Social Sciences and Humanities to investigate and understand the diversity and complexity of Muslim cultures. Implied in this approach is the goal of studying Muslim cultures as an integral part of world history. Our courses cover areas such as art, architecture, languages, literature, development studies, law, ethics, and the history of ideas.

We aim to enrol students of the highest calibre and offer support through our financial assistance programme. AKU-ISMC is a non-denominational institution and welcomes students from diverse backgrounds.


Contact Information:
Sohail Merchant
Assistant Registrar
Aga Khan University –Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations(AKU-ISMC)
210 Euston Road, London NW1 2DA
Tel: +44 (0)20 7380 3800| Fax: +44 (0)20 7380 3830 | Web: www.aku.edu\ismc

MA Brochure:

AKU Brochure:


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January 29, 2010

Dicounted Flights: NCUSAR and Qatar Airways Partner to Provide Discounted Global Travel

Book Your Future Airline Travel and Take Advantage of Preferred Airline Savings on Qatar Airways* to Over 80 Global Destinations

January 20, 2010

Dear Traveler and Friend of the National Council on U.S.- Arab Relations:

The National Council on U.S.- Arab Relations is pleased to announce a preferred customer travel partnership with Qatar Airways available exclusively to the National Council's network of friends, supporters, program alumni, and sponsors. Qatar Airways is one of the world's fastest growing commercial airlines and operates one of the world's most modern fleets of aircraft. Ranked "Five Star" for service and excellence by Skytrax, Qatar Airways serves 85 key business and leisure destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, South Asia, Far East and North America.

To celebrate the launch of this new partnership, we are pleased to announce that Qatar Airways has extended to the National Council network a cost savings program that will make your future international travel more affordable and offer you a range of exclusive privileges and benefits designed to make traveling with the airline exceptionally smooth and comfortable. Preferred pricing will support your travel needs and facilitate your travel planning within and beyond the Qatar Airways network at a significant savings.

To qualify for preferred pricing, please contact Ms. Brenda Gilbert at Connoisseur Travel Ltd. You must mention this offer and identify yourself as being affiliated with the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations in order to qualify for preferred pricing. At least one leg of your international travel must be on Qatar Airways or a partner airline. This provision allows for the use of U.S. flag airlines where that is necessitated by U.S. government requirements or program funding.

Please contact Connoisseur Travel and Ms. Brenda Gilbert at 1-800-858-0011 or 202-223-1001 or via e-mail at council@ctltd.com.

* The National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations is pleased to offer this savings opportunity to its network. No warranty is expressed or implied. Participants, next of kin, heirs, and assigns agree to release, to indemnify, and to hold harmless the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations, its Board of Directors, Agents, and Staff from all liabilities, claims, demands, actions, causes of actions, costs and expenses of any nature whatsoever arising out of any loss, damage, or injury, including death, that may be incurred as a result of participation in this preferred savings program.

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January 08, 2010

U.S. Department of STate - Fulbright Information Sessions

U.S. Department of State Fulbright Information Sessions

Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Thursday, January 28, 2010

All sessions will be held from 12:00-1:00pm in room 2609 SSWB.

Description: The purpose of the Fulbright Program is to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries. The State Department makes Fulbright fellowships available to over 1,500 U.S. students annually to study, conduct research, teach English, or train in the creative arts in more than 155 countries worldwide. The competition is administered at the University of Michigan through the International Institute. At the information session, a University of Michigan Fulbright Program Advisor will describe the application and selection process and provide suggestions for making your application more competitive.

Eligibility Criteria: To apply for this program through the University of Michigan, applicants must (a) be U-M students, alumni or staff; (b) be U.S. citizens; (c) have completed an undergraduate degree by the beginning of the award; and (d) demonstrate the language skills necessary to complete the proposed project.

Deadline: The University of Michigan deadline is Friday, September 10, 2010.

Fulbright Program Advisors:
Undergraduates & Alumni Applicants: Kelly Peckens (kpeckens@umich.edu)
Graduate, Professional School, & Arts Applicants: Amy Kehoe (akehoe@umich.edu)

Website: http://us.fulbrightonline.org/home.html

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October 21, 2009

Bank Street College - Professional Study Opportunities


Course Dates: March 27 - April 4, 2010
Instructor: Joan Brodsky Schur is a curriculum developer, author, and teacher. Her lesson plans appear on the Websites of PBS, the National Archives, and The Islam Project.Org. She has served as a member of the Advisory Group for PBS TeacherSource, the advisory committee for WNET’s Access Islam Website, and is a board member of the Middle East Outreach Council. Her books for school libraries include Immigrants in America - The Arab Americans (Lucent Books, 2004) and The Arabs (“Coming to America” series, Greenhaven Press, 2004). An avid traveler who has visited Morocco numerous times, Schur is the Social Studies Coordinator at the Village Community School in New York City, where she has been a teacher for over twenty-five years.

Join us for Spring Break in Morocco!
Participants will spend seven days experiencing the culture and languages of Morocco first-hand in Rabat, Fes, and Ifrane. Through visits to elementary and secondary schools in both rural and urban settings, and discussions with prominent authorities in education and culture from Moroccan universities, participants will gain a greater understanding of Arab culture as experienced in Morocco.

It is a country whose citizens must acquire facility in more than one language to be able to participate fully in civic life. Among the languages spoken are Berber, Moroccan Arabic, Standard Arabic, Spanish, and French. These linguistic competencies reflect Morocco’s indigenous past, its prominence as a crossroads of Arab civilization over many centuries, and its recent legacy as a European colony.

Application deadline: November 23

Open House
November 6 at 5pm
610 West 112th Street, NYC

For more information, visit www.bankstreet.edu/cps/studyabroad

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August 19, 2009

United Nations Volunteer Opportunities

United Nations has three opportunities currently available for which they are accepting volunteer applications:

Support the development of an Arab World University Directory - http://www.onlinevolunteering.org/en/vol/opportunity/opportunity_form.html?id=11702

Development of an Arab World Regional SME Resource Directory – http://www.onlinevolunteering.org/en/vol/opportunity/opportunity_form.html?id=11703

Source Content for a New Regional Knowledge Community on the Arab World – http://www.onlinevolunteering.org/en/vol/opportunity/opportunity_form.html?id=11701

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