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Director of the Arabic Program
Munther Younes is Reis Senior Lecturer in Arabic Language and Linguistics in the Department of Near Eastern Studies at Cornell University. He earned a B.A. in English and a diploma in education from the University of Jordan (1974) and a Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of Texas at Austin (1982).
Before joining the Cornell faculty in 1990, he taught Arabic at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California. Prior to that, he taught English and linguistics in Jordan and Saudi Arabia.
Younes has developed an Arabic program at Cornell that is radically different from Arabic programs elsewhere in its integration of spoken Arabic with written Arabic in a way that reflects the use of the language by native speakers.
His research interests include Arabic linguistics, teaching Arabic as a foreign language, the language of the Qur'an, and comparative Semitic linguistics.
Department of Near Eastern Studies
Ahmed Muhamed is a lecturer in Arabic language and linguistics in the Department of Near Eastern Studies. He earned his B.A. in English from the University of Baghdad, Iraq, in 2002 and an M.A. in Near Eastern Studies from the University of Arizona in 2009. Before joining Cornell in 2011, he taught Arabic at the College of the Holy Cross (Massachusetts), the College of William and Mary (Virginia), and the University of Arizona.