Arabic Program News and Events

Arabic Program News and Events

UofL Arabic Program at Kentucky Center for the Arts

Rachid Tagoulla was featured on the Voice-Tribute website. He represented the Arabic program at The Kentucky Center ArtsReach during the Louisville annual community celebration honoring Dr. King's vision. He spoke with Mayor Greg Fischer and many guests about Arabic language classes at UofL. He also answered questions about stereotypes and misconceptions about Arabic language and culture. Attached is a picture of Rachid with Mayor Greg Fischer.

Arabic Program on UofL Today (1/16/18)

Click here to listen to Professor Almousily discussing UofL's Arabic Program on UofL Today with Mark Hebert.

Promoting Arabic on UofL Today

Click here to listen to Professor Almousily discussing UofL's Arabic Program on UofL Today with Mark Hebert.

President's Volunteer Service Award

Khaldoun Almousily, program coordinator and instructor of Arabic, was awarded on March 3rd, 2017 the President’s Volunteer Service Award for doing 125 hours of volunteer work with Louisville Metro Police Department. Along with the ultimate honor of presidential recognition, Mr. Almousily received a personalized certificate, an official pin, and a congratulatory letter from the president of the United States. 

Arabic Language and Culture Presentation

Khaldoun Almousily, program coordinator and instructor of Arabic, presented on March 1st, 2017 at the Jewish Temple for Reform Judaism in Louisville about Arabic language and culture and Islam as a religion of Peace. The presentation was scheduled for one hour, but due to the interest and questions from the 50+ attendees, it lasted for three hours. More questions were asked during the Mediterranean dinner provided by the temple. The presentation covered the history and origin of Arabic language, traditions of Arabic culture, similarities between Islam and Judaism, and why now is the golden time to learn Arabic.

On Wednesday, October 26, 2016, Arabic students at the University of Louisville received their first taste of Arabic culture.

Islamic Center of Louisville

Students spent the day at the Islamic Center of Louisville, where they were led through a typical day of worship. Students attended a lecture about the origin of Arabic language and importance of learning Arabic. They also learned of several traditions behind the religion; there is a no-shoes rule once inside the place of worship, and women and men are separated by floor during service. The preparation, too, differs from other religions: “Islam isn’t just about the spirit,” explained guide Amal as she showed the 40+ students the washing centers for wudu, the Muslim cleansing ritual before worship. “It’s about the cleansing of the entire self—mind, body, and spirit.” Students also had the chance to ask about the better-known parts of the religion, and were given a better look at the significance of the Quran and the importance of the hijab, the head scarves women wear.
In addition to religion, UofL students were given exposure to the architecture and food aspects of Middle Eastern culture; the construction of the mosque was meant to reflect its Middle Eastern ancestry, from its light and airy structure to its domed ceiling. Following the tour, students ate a traditional Mediterranean meal, complete with classic favorites such as hummus. Students also got the chance to talk one-on-one with Middle Eastern natives, bringing them more exposure to Muslim life in America.
“My favorite part was when we got to sit down after the meal and talked to members of the Islamic Community,” recalls Caroline Smith, a UofL Arabic student. “It showed that while our belief system differs, we still have lots in common and can respect each other’s way of life.”