Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Department of Middle Eastern Studies

New Arabic Scholar in Residence Program Brings Hoda Barakat, Fall 2013

Thu, March 28, 2013
Hoda Barakat
Hoda Barakat

Thanks to a generous gift from Aziz and Arwa Shaibani, the Department of Middle Eastern Studies has appointed internationally acclaimed author Hoda Barakat as the inaugural scholar of the new Arabic Scholar in Residence program for fall 2013.

“We are delighted that Hoda Barakat is joining Middle Eastern Studies, and we are grateful to Aziz and Arwa Shaibani for helping us create this program,” said Kristen Brustad, associate professor of Arabic and chair of the Department of Middle Eastern Studies.  “Barakat is recognized from here to the Middle East as one of the most important Arab authors and intellectuals today.  She will be an extremely valuable contact for our graduate students and will make a big difference in their academic future.”

“The Arabic Scholar in Residence program will provide our students with the opportunity to work closely with prominent Arab intellectuals.  It will deepen our students’ interest in modern Arabic language and literature, and it will bolster intercultural communication between the US and the Arab world,” said Tarek El-Ariss, assistant professor of Modern Arabic Literature in the Department of Middle Eastern Studies. 

As the 2013 Arabic Scholar in Residence, Barakat will teach a graduate course on modern Arabic literature and will collaborate with students on a translation of her work.  During her residency, the department will host public events that focus on her work and bring experts in the field from across the country to Austin.  In addition, she will be available to present talks and workshops at other universities and cultural centers in the US.

Barakat is the recipient of the prestigious Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature and the Al-Naqid Award, and her recent novel, Kingdom of this Earth, was longlisted for the 2012 Arabic Booker Prize.  Her novels have been translated into at least fourteen languages. 

For more information on participating in lectures or events related to the Arabic Scholar in Residence program, please contact Denise Beachum:, phone, 512.471.6132


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