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Volunteering with “Youth for Jordan”: A Chance to Connect!

Volunteering with “Youth for Jordan”: A Chance to Connect!

April 28th, 2020

My name is Nabil Ahmed, and I’m a sophomore at Loyola studying Neuroscience on the pre-med track. Two summers ago, I traveled to Jordan with an organization called Helping Hand, through the program “Youth for Jordan”. Through this, I got to spend one week in Jordan to help and interact with Syrian refugees and orphans, […]


Arabic, Qur’an and Civic Engagement: A Case from WISE!

Arabic, Qur’an and Civic Engagement: A Case from WISE!

January 24th, 2020

With appreciation to the generous support of Modern Languages and Literatures at Loyola University Chicago, it was a pleasure to be invited to participate as a guest in Qur’anic Arabic lessons and activities at World Islamic Sciences and Education University (WISE) in Amman, Jordan.  Arabic is one of the formally recognized languages of the UN and […]


Arabic and Turkish: Tidbits of Excellence, Gratitude & Humility

Arabic and Turkish: Tidbits of Excellence, Gratitude & Humility

June 20th, 2019

With deep gratitude to Liebentritt Faculty Development Award last year that funded my visit to Istanbul- a gateway to a magical spiritual, linguistic, and sociocultural beautiful city, I’m following up in this blog with a few reflections. Our Arabic program at Loyola takes pride in synthesizing the micro and macro worlds of the teacher and […]


Arabic and Jesuits: Encounters in Egypt

Arabic and Jesuits: Encounters in Egypt

January 17th, 2019

My name is William Manaker, and I’m a Jesuit studying in the English MA program at Loyola. This past summer, I had the opportunity to travel to Egypt and spend six weeks doing intensive Arabic study. I arrived in Cairo just after the Eid al-Fitr at the close of Ramadan. During my time in Cairo, I […]


Ibn Haldun University: Arabic Immersion In Istanbul

Ibn Haldun University: Arabic Immersion In Istanbul

November 7th, 2018

With deep gratitude to Liebentritt Faculty Development Award, I was able to visit a rising intensive Arabic program in Istanbul Turkey, rooted within a vibrant city rich in centuries old religious, cultural, and linguistic heritage.  This blog shares a few insights about the Arabic Program at Ibn Haldun University; a rigorous program for Arabic language […]


“What’s up?” Arabic @ CIEE Amman

“What’s up?” Arabic @ CIEE Amman

September 14th, 2018

Thanks to the generous Liebentritt Faculty Development Award, I was able to visit prominent Arabic programs in well-established study abroad centers and universities in Jordan and Istanbul. This blog shares a few insights about CIEE- Amman/Jordan; a study abroad program for Arabic language and cultural studies with immersion experience and travel around fascinating personal exposure.  […]


Arabic: Your Ticket to the Middle East

Arabic: Your Ticket to the Middle East

June 6th, 2018

MarHaba! My name is Theresa Smiley, and I’m incredibly excited to share a bit of my experience with Arabic outside of the Loyola community. I just finished my junior year, and I’m currently majoring in Global and International Studies and Political Science, with minors in Arabic Language and Culture, Islamic World Studies, and German Studies. […]


“Oman, The Hidden, Sea-Side Wonder”

“Oman, The Hidden, Sea-Side Wonder”

October 23rd, 2017

My name is Kyle Scheuring and I am a junior here at Loyola University Chicago. I study English Literature with a minor in both Arabic Language and Studio Art. While studying in Amman, Jordan at the University of Jordan, two friends and I had the opportunity to spend a weekend in Muscat, Oman. Although the […]


Palestine: Empowerment and Community Building

Palestine: Empowerment and Community Building

September 10th, 2017

My name is Catalina. I am a Loyola alumna. I majored in International Studies and minored in Arabic Language and Culture, and Islamic World Studies. I lived in Palestine for a mere three months, but my life will forever be impacted by the warmth of spirit, inherent kindness, and wholesomeness I experienced there. I traveled […]


Palestine: “Make Hummus Not Walls”

Palestine: “Make Hummus Not Walls”

August 22nd, 2017

My name is Catalina. I grew up hearing Biblical stories and imagining from a young age what my life would or could be if I lived in Palestine. I wished to be able to share life with individuals there and hear their own stories. Fast forward about 15 years, I am studying Arabic Language and […]