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Full-Time Faculty 


Elinson newAlexander Elinson
Office: 1304 Hunter West
Phone: (212) 772-5044
Elinson Publications 



Alexander Elinson, Associate Professor of Arabic Language and Literature and Director of the Hunter College Summer Arabic Program, received his M.A. (1998) from the University of Washington in Seattle, and Ph.D. (2004) in Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures from Columbia University. His book entitled Looking Back at al-Andalus: the poetics of loss and nostalgia in medieval Arabic and Hebrew Literature is published by Brill. Professor Elinson has published articles, reviews and translations on the Arabic and Hebrew strophic poem (zajal and muwashshah), rhymed prose narrative (maqama), and modern Arabic poetry and narrative in numerous peer-reviewed journals. In addition to projects dealing with late medieval Muslim Spain and North Africa, he is currently working on a book project focusing on writing practices in Morocco, specifically the use of Moroccan colloquial Arabic in novels, shorts stories, poetry, translation, journalistic writing, and education. His translation of Youssef Fadel’s novel A Beautiful White Cat Walks with Me (Qitt abyad jamil yasir ma‘i) will be published by the American University in Cairo Press in 2016.


Christopher Stone
Office: 1303 Hunter West
Phone: (212) 650-3138
Stone Publications

Christopher Stone is Associate Professor of Arabic and Head of the Arabic Program. He received his M.A. (1995) and Ph.D. (2002) in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton University where he specialized in Arabic language, literature and culture. His dissertation received the Malcolm Kerr Dissertation Award for the Humanities from the Middle East Studies Association in 2003, and the book based on it -- Popular Culture and Nationalism in Lebanon: Fairouz and the Rahbani Nation -- was a Middle East Report Editor's Pick. In the spring of 2008 he was a Fulbright Scholar to Egypt where he started his current project on Egyptian popular culture, a project he continued as an NEH Fellow at the American Research Center in Egypt in 2013. He is currently working on several literary translation projects as well.  He is currently the Literature book review editor at The International Journal of Middle East Studies (IJMES).

Part-Time Faculty


Khaled Al Hilli
Office: 1430 Hunter West

Khaled Al Hilli is a Ph.D. student in the department of Comparative Literature at the Graduate Center. Originally from Iraq, he taught and lived in Lebanon and Saudi Arabia, among other places. His research interest includes the development of the Arabic novel, contemporary Iraqi fiction and the politics of translation. He has written reviews and translations, most recently a translation of a short story by the Iraqi writer Ghaib Tuma Farman.  


Deeadra Brown
Office: 1430 Hunter West

Deeadra Brown is an Adjunct Lecturer in literature and writing at Hunter and City College. She has taught Palestinian, Israeli, Arab, and Arab-American literature classes. She also has extensive experience teaching writing intensive courses in specialized areas such as the sciences and social sciences.  She has an MFA in creative writing from City College, CUNY, and her thesis is a novel in progress. Her photos, poetry, and book and film reviews have appeared in journals and other publications. Currently, she is working on an article about Palestinian film and literature.


Hassan Eddahabi
Office: 1430 Hunter West

Hassan Eddahabi is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Hunter and Queens College. He holds a PhD in Arabic and Applied Linguistics from Moulay Ismail university in Meknes, Morocco, and has extensive experience teaching Arabic as a second language. After teaching Arabic for seven years in Morocco, and two years in Kenya, he moved to NYC in 2015. He is passionate about teaching and about linguistics.


Miriam Gabriel
Office: 1430 Hunter West

Miriam Gabriel is an Adjunct Instructor in Arabic at Hunter College. She is also an experienced Arabic tutor, an editor of research essays (Valencia College), an online classroom moderator (the Learning Lab), and an elementary education teacher (grades 3-5). She is also an MA student in Middle Eastern Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center, and she holds an MA in Consciousness Studies from Goddard College. She is currently focusing her research on the politics of visually representing women’s bodies as an epistemological ground for power. She translates for VICE on HBO, and she is a published poet. She has been performing spoken-word for a decade and shared the stage with world-renowned artists and activists, such as Robert Karimi and Sonya Renee Taylor. She was a featured poet at the HUB Diversity Center (Oakland, California, 2014) and at the Bowery (New York, NY, 2015). She is passionate about teaching and participatory learning, aiming to foster creativity and collaboration in the classroom. 


Kate Wilson
Office: 1430 Hunter West

Adjunct Assistant Professor Kate C. Wilson studies aspects of Arabic Theatre beyond the dramatic text, alongside her other main subject of  book history (viewing documents, especially playscripts, as material artifacts). A former playwright and theatre artist, with a Ph.D. in Theatre Studies from CUNY, she has conducted fieldwork in Jordan on performance festivals and theatre with communities (known as "applied theatre," "theatre for social change," and other terms).  She teaches the Arabic program's Arab Theater class. 


Affiliated Faculty


Anna Akasoy
Office: 1321 Hunter West
Phone: (212) 772-4960

Anna Akasoy is Professor of Islamic intellectual history at Hunter College and the Graduate Center. She teaches classes on Islamic intellectual history and the history, literature and culture of the Islamic world. Her research interests include the intellectual history of the medieval Islamic world, in particular the relationship between mysticism and philosophy, as well as contacts between the Islamic world and other cultures. Her current research projects include a study of the religious dimension of Alexander the Great in the Islamic tradition within the larger context of the classical heritage of the Middle East and Asia. Her publications include Philosophie und Mystik in der späten Almohadenzeit. Die Sizilianischen Fragen des Ibn Sabʿīn (Leiden: Brill, 2006); Rashīd al-Dīn, Agent and Mediator of Cultural Exchanges in Ilkhanid Iran, Edited with Charles Burnett and Ronit Yoeli-Tlalim (London: The Warburg Institute, 2013); Renaissance Averroism and its Aftermath: Arabic Philosophy in Early Modern Europe, Edited with Guido Giglioni (Dordrecht: Springer, 2013); Islam and Tibet. Interactions along the Musk Routes, Edited with Charles Burnett and Ronit Yoeli-Tlalim (Farnham: Ashgate, 2010); ‘Are we Speaking the Same Language? Translating Truths across Intellectual Traditions in al-Andalus’, in Knut-Martin Stünkel and Görge Hasselhoff (eds), Transcending Words. The Language of Religious Contact between Buddhists, Christians, Jews, and Muslims in Premodern Times (Bochum, 2015), 43-54; ‘Was Ibn Rushd an Averroist? The Problem, the Debate, and its Philosophical Implications’, in Anna Akasoy and Guido Giglioni (eds), Renaissance Averroism and its Aftermath (Dordrecht, 2013), 321-347; ‘The Buddha and the Straight Path. Rashīd al-Dīn’s Life of the Buddha: Islamic Perspectives’, in Anna Akasoy, Charles Burnett and Ronit Yoeli-Tlalim (eds), Rashīd al-Dīn, Agent and Mediator of Cultural Exchanges in Ilkhanid Iran, 173-196; ‘Al-Ghazālī, Ramon Llull and Religionswissenschaft’, in The Muslim World 102 (2012), 33-59; ‘What is Philosophical Sufism?’, in Peter Adamson (ed.), In the Age of Averroes: Arabic Philosophy in the Sixth/Twelfth Century (London, 2011), 229-249; ‘Ibn Sīnā in the Arab West: the Testimony of an Andalusian Sufi’, in Documenti e Studi sulla Tradizione Filosofica Medievale 21 (2010), 287-312; ‘Tibet in Islamic Geography and Cartography: A Survey of Arabic and Persian Sources’, in Anna Akasoy, Charles Burnett and Ronit Yoeli-Tlalim (eds), Islam and Tibet: Cultural Interactions, 17-41; ‘Convivencia and its Discontents: Interfaith Life in al-Andalus’, in International Journal of Middle East Studies 42 (2010), 489-499; ‘Alexander in the Himalayas: Competing Imperial Legacies in Medieval Islamic History and Literature’, in Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes 72 (2009), 1-20.

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