Tarek Elsayed

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12 Dillon Court West
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3:30 pm-5:30 pm
3:30 pm-5:30 pm


  • Arabic-language teaching
  • Medieval Islamic history

I studied Arabic and History at Cairo University, where I obtained a BA. I also hold an MA in History from Rutgers University.

I have been teaching Arabic as a second language for almost two decades. My journey of teaching Arabic began in the UK, where I taught at the University of St Andrews and Oxford University. In the US, I have taught at various institutions, among them Monmouth University and Billiot College. Shortly before joining Princeton in 2009, I was part of the administrative staff of the Arabic Flagship Program at the University of Oklahoma.

At Princeton, I teach all levels of Arabic.  My scholarly interests and research include but are not limited to issues pertaining to the teaching of Arabic as a second language, studying medieval Arabic historiography in general and the historiography of the Crusades in particular, and analyzing the ideas of Arab writers from the period of the Arab Renaissance.

“I enjoy teaching Arabic, and making it as much fun as possible. Helping students to read and write Arabic, and more importantly, to use it in real life situations is my teaching philosophy. This philosophy is in harmony with the ‘Communicative approach’ and the textbooks which the Arabic Program has adopted here at Princeton.”