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Institute Brochure 2006 2007

  1. 1. - [Qasid: 1. a way that is smooth and direct; . travel that is straight, easy, pleasant; 2. an individual who strives forward with a particular intention.]THE QASID INSTITUTE 2006-2007 C L A S S I C A L A R A B I C F O R T H E M O D E R N AG E A M M A N, J O R DA N
  2. 2. “I went to Qasid seeking something very specific—private tutorials in speaking and readingclassical Arabic. The entre experience exceeded my every expectation— R. DAVID COOLIDGE, GRADUATE STUDENT, DEPT. OF RELIGION, PRINCETON UNIVERSITY(Private study in Classical Texts and Speaking Skills)A UniqueInstituteTHE WORD qasid is used to describe a way and a medley of colorful flowers, the villa’sthat is direct and smooth, and this is the way we classrooms overlook one of the many famedbelieve the Arabic language should be taught. gorges of this ancient city.The Qasid Institute has quietly developed areputation as the leading private institute in Complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access forthe Middle East for Arabic language learning. students, spacious study and lounge rooms, aA comprehensive curriculum taught over five modest outdoor canopy that affords shade on adistinct levels takes a student from the proper sunny day, and the sound of sheep being herdedpronunciation of letters to a level of mastery: to and fro—these contrasts of old and new,Graduating students who have applied East and West, pastoral and wired-in, offer athemselves will find understanding an all- promising backdrop to a rich and rewardingArabic university course to be within reach, educational experience for students selectedand translating general texts to be manageable. to enroll in the program.Our graduate-level modules prepare advancedstudents to teach Arabic, research in a variety “From over 30 years of experience in Jordan,of disciplines, deliver lectures, and work I have found that the Qasid Institute in Ammancomfortably in all-Arabic professional, is probably the most qualified and professionalacademic, or NGO-related environments. language institute in Jordan teaching ArabicThe term qasid is also used to describe an to foreign students, scholars or professionals.individual who strives forward with a direct, The quality of its core program at all levels; thespecific intention, and is a dictionary-perfect academic standing of its teachers and lecturers;definition for the kind of student that Qasid and, the care and support the Institute staffattracts. Designed mainly for university-level devote to their students—certainly to thestudents and time-starved professionals, Qasid Commission’s Fulbright grantees—are, by far,students include consulate officers, young without comparison. Evaluations from currentprofessionals, Fulbright researchers, full-time and previous Fulbright students attest to themothers, medical doctors, FLAS recipients, intensity of the study program and the significantand Ivy League graduates, and hail from nearly improvement in their Arabic language proficiency.”two dozen countries, including the United Alain McNamaraStates, Britain, Canada, Malaysia, Australia, Executive Director, The Fulbright ProgramIndonesia, Sweden, Finland, South Africa, (Jordanian-American Commission for EducationalPakistan, India, and Ireland. Exchange (JACEE)The Institute is spaciously housed in anoversized villa in the peaceful residentialneighborhood of Kharabsheh, West Amman.Dotted along its perimeter by a scenic gardenof apple blossom, olive, and tangerine trees
  3. 3. “I have studied elsewhere in the Middle East and through the university setting,and by far, my most positive experience was with Qasid”—AMINAH MUSA, HUMAN DEVELOPMENT & FAMILY SCIENCE, OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY (Level 4)Theory& MethodologyExperienced instructors have commented sacrificing detail. Proficiency is taughtthat English-speaking students studying through a methodical combination ofArabic on their own tend to overdo grammar reading, listening, writing, and conversationand leave conversational, listening, and exercises. Our instructors have severalwriting skills underdeveloped, resulting in decades of experience teaching Arabic to non-large gaps in language acquisition; after years native speakers, and will work with studentsof study, a student may know the intricacies to fill the embarrassing gaps that remain inof i’rab (grammatical inflection), but not have their language acquisition.enough practiced vocabulary to read a simplenovel or converse comfortably for more thana few minutes.The Qasid Institute’s methodology rejects thisone-dimensional approach, and through ourrelatively unique “Sciences/Skills DepartmentSplit” emphasizes well-roundedness without
  4. 4. “I’ve never been a part of a learning program that was so unified and true in its vision…the most inspiringand humble teachers I have ever known … it is because of Qasid that I want to put Arabic at the forefrontof my studies for the rest of my life”—SARAH RASHID, COMPARATIVE LITERATURE, UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA (Level 4)An InnovativeApproachOne of the unique features of Qasid’s method- As a result, we split our program into twoology is our sciences/skills department split. departments, devoting half of the coreThere is an ongoing debate at institutes that program’s class hours to pure Arabic applica-asks, “Which is better—to learn by being tion with one of Qasid’s native-Arab instruc-thrown into the target language—cold, or to tors, and the remaining half with one of ourspeed the process by learning in one’s own native English-speaking grammar specialists.primary language?” Because of this clarity of focus and division- of-labor, courses move along at a brisk pace,Here, we’ve blended the best of both making it possible to make significant stridesapproaches after making a somewhat obvious in a short period of time.observation: Some aspects of Arabic, suchas grammar, morphology, and rhetoric areconceptual and therefore deal primarily withunderstanding. Other aspects, such as listening,reading, writing, and speaking, are practicaland involve application.
  5. 5. “Qasid’s approach blends two worlds, providing a curriculum for non-native students and then graduatingthose students to the level at which they can independently access classical texts. In this way I feel Qasidis at the forefront of Arabic language instruction …”—AIYUB PALMER, M.A. EDUCATION, CAL STATE FULLERTON (Level 5)SciencesDepartmentGrammar, morphology, and rhetoric arefoundational for an accurate understandingof texts both basic and complex that form the“Islamic Canon,” principally and foremostamong them the Qur’an itself. Depending ona student’s level, s/he will be exposed to anapplication-intensive treatment of classicaltexts such as the well-known Ajurrumiyya, theAzhariyya, and others. An in-depth treatmentof rhetoric is under-taken in Level 4. Level 5students and beyond will be exposed to sever-al graduate-level modules whose grammaticalsubtleties would prove formidable to manynative-born Arabs.SkillsDepartmentOne of the infirmities of the grammar-onlyapproach taken by some is the lack of practicewith the core skills that are, in many respects,the “true” benchmarks of a student’s profi-ciency in a language: listening, reading, writ- “The resources and opportunities available toing, and speaking. By splitting skills from students in Qasid are unique and unparalleled.sciences, and insuring that each class rarely The school is a hub of intellectual curiosity, integrity,exceeds six to eight, students have no place to and perseverance which is unmatched elsewhere in“run and hide” when it comes time to practice the Middle East. Qasid’s inimitability lies in itswhat they’ve learned conceptually through the straightforward but comprehensive approach tosciences department. Through creative exer- teaching Arabic. With a sincere and dedicated staff,cises that are sometimes light-hearted but vibrant and supportive community, knowledgeablealways rigorous, students begin to achieve and committed student body, Qasid ranks vastlycomfort in applying what they know—a criti- superior and well ahead of its competitors in allcal step towards achieving linguistic mobility. respects. There is simply no other institution that isApplication texts here include media selec- able to combine so many different elements intotions and classical and modern literature teaching Arabic so enjoyably and effectively.”across numerous genres. Danny Kalash, University of Michigan
  6. 6. “I am in awe of this program”—AMER HAMID, MICROSOFT CORPORATION, PROGRAM MANAGER (Level 5)“I would highly recommend the program”—RAHEELA MANIAR, PH.D. CANDIDATE, UCLA (Level 5)A Well-CraftedCurriculumCore Program Advanced ModulesQasid’s core curriculum is comprised of Students who have achieved intermediate-an unprecedented 900 hours of teaching advanced fluency through our Core Programinstruction, divided into five levels of 180 hours and want to continue a deep exploration of theeach. The first four levels are foundational language, learn how to teach Arabic, or focusin that they focus on “linguistic mobility”, on using their language skills to unlock, review,i.e. equipping a student with the necessary and translate texts will find a home at Qasid.skills in grammar, morphology, and rhetoric Advanced modules are numerous; among the(nahw, sarf, and balagha), and to excel in the most popular are Islamic history, Teachingreading, understanding, analysis, translation, Arabic Grammar and Morphology to non-Nativeand interpretation of texts; there is a similar Speakers, and Advanced Classical Texts. Infocus on skills development of the “Classic 4” addition, Qasid has provided advanced training(listening, reading, speaking, writing), neces- to many graduate students and professorssary for high-intermediate fluency in functional seeking to hone their language or researchArabic. skills, or require support for complex research projects. Our full and part-time faculty membersLevel 5 represents a unique milestone in the include some of the top scholars in the imme-student’s Arabic development—a transition diate region in Islamic and Middle Easternfrom learning the language to using it as a tool access both classical and contemporary texts.The Level 5 syllabus is comprised of rotatingspecial studies modules focusing on bothclassical and academic subject matter. Among University Creditthese mini-modules (usually each two-weeks Qasid students have received both funding andin length) taught in the past are Tafsir , Poetry credit from numerous universities, including(pre-Islamic and classical), Psychology, Literary Yale, Cambridge, Princeton, University ofCriticism, Islamic History, Sociology, Prophetic Pennsylvania, Duke, the University of Chicago,History, Speech Presentation ( Khutba ), and University of Michigan, and UCLA. At the end ofTerminology of Sacred Law and Hadith. The a student’s tenure, official transcripts are sentbooks are identical to those used by native-Arab to the respective departments to be used foruniversity students at Aal-al-Bayt University, itself credit, funding, or placement.evidence of the advanced level reached by Qasidstudents who graduate from our Core Program. In addition to our unique curriculum, standard university coursework (such as the al-Kitaab series) is readily taught through special modules. Students returning to their universities consistently score high on challenge/placement exams.
  7. 7. “The incorporation of religious texts and the rigorous study of classical workswere highlights of my experience”—SULMA BADRUDDUJA, M.A. CANDIDATE, UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY (Level 5) • ‘Ijaza in Qur’anSupplementary All our recitation teachers have a chain ofClasses transmission back to the Prophet himself (God bless him and give him peace).Even the most diligent of students will • ‘Amiyaget exhausted if intense learning is not Local Jordanian dialect-based conversationcomplimented by something light. For this course—with bi-monthly local trips to thereason, we offer to students elective courses hospital, park, University, help instill and nurture a sense of Arab andIslamic culture, history, and civilization. • Oral SkillsAmong the elective courses that have been Conversation, Tajwid , Reading Unvowelledoffered in the past are: Script• Modern Literary Arabic • Calligraphy• Newspaper Fluency • Arabic in the Qur’an• Al-Kitaab Intensive CoursesFor detailed information about our academic schedule, application process and deadlines,private tutoring, or corporate/group arrangements, kindly contact us at info@qasid.comor visit us at
  8. 8. “Qasid is the best program for classical Arabic anywhere. It is in a class by itself”—DR. JOSEPH LUMBARD, ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF CLASSICAL ISLAM, BRANDEIS UNIVERSITY(Private study in Advanced Grammar)The Qasid Team book on questions pertaining to Sacred paper columnist, he is at home withAdministration Law is currently being prepared for publication. both the written and spoken word. His entrepreneurial interests have led himOne complaint from students to share a founding role in a half-dozen Osama Alshurafa companies, including Andalusian Arts,studying at Arabic institutes in Osama graduated from California State, Aqeel Consulting, andthe Middle East is that differen- University, Long Beach, with a double Qasid, where he presently serves as aces in professional expecta- major in Biomedical and Electrical member of the Board.tions and cultural assumptions Engineering. He began his professional career as a circuit design engineer at Sohail Nakhoodasometimes lead to misunders- Boeing Satellite Systems in El Segundo, Studied Government at the Londontandings. Unless an adminis- and later worked at AxiomTek Technolo- School of Economics and Christiantration knows how to handle gies and Newport Electronics. At the Theology at the Angelicum, Vatican, latter two, Osama switched his and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. insuch difficulties with grace, focus from design to training and Theological and Philosophical Herme-the impact on a student’s sales. Charismatic and well-spoken, neutics. He has a parallel expertise ineducation—and entire stay in he represented AxiomTek at numerous graphic design, having placed as a tradeshows and was responsible for final-ist in the 2002 British Book Designa place far from home—can be training all of its new sales engineers. and Production Awards. Sohail was oneirreparably marred. He was promoted to overseeing the of the co-founders of Islamica Magazine entire Mid-West region of the US, in his student days at LSE, and played aOur administration includes Mexico, and Florida. Osama came to critical role in reviving the magazine inprofessionals who hail from the Amman in 2006, and presently serves its present-day format. He currentlyLondon School of Economics, as Qasid’s General Manager. serves as its Editor-in-Chief, and is a member of Qasid’s Board of Directors.Columbia University, and Ehab NotarangeloHarvard Law School. They Brings with him nearly a decade of teaching and administrative experiencebring their experience at theseinstitutions to Qasid’s class- from both the International British Institute and the prestigious al-Bashayer Facultyrooms. Each student is School in Cairo. At the latter he worked An “experienced teacher” closely with a team of American andconsidered a vital member of means different things to dif- Egyptian teachers, and spearheadedan Arabic-learning community, a number of key projects at the school. ferent people, but at Qasid itand is treated accordingly. He traveled around the world before means one thing: uncompro- settling with his family in Amman someAshraf Muneeb - Director years ago, where in addition to his work mising excellence. Nearly allAfter completing his studies at Cairo as a member of Qasid’s Board of Direc- of our instructors have eitherUniversity and AUC, he went on to tors, is in the process of publishing a completed or are on trackserve as Project Director for private short memoir. to complete an advancedengineering firms in Cairo, where hemanaged multi-million dollar contracts Mohamed Marei graduate degree, and full-timeinvolving projects with Bechtel. He took Graduated with high honors in Philoso- instructors go through aa brief hiatus from his management phy from UCLA and received a Juris rigorous training module.roles when he headed to Syria, where he Doctorate from Harvard Law School;excelled at Fath Academy. He returned to worked briefly as a strategy consultant Learning a new languagethe world of management with a short for the Boston Consulting Group before requires an environment thatconsulting project with Qasid, and was being awarded a Fulbright fellowship to is hospitable, safe, and encoura-consequently asked to take the helm. research trade relations between JordanAlong with his wife, Hedaya Hartford, and the US. A National Champion in ging, and the expertise of a par-he has published a legal forms booklet; a Speech & Debate and a published news- ticular teacher is shown more
  9. 9. “… absolutely the best language-instructor Ive ever come across”—ATIF KHAN, HARVARD KENNEDY SCHOOL, MORGAN STANLEY (Level 1)vividly when responding to a entrance exam. He is a solid researcher exercise workbooks used by interme- with an uncanny ability to access, anal- diate and advanced students in thestruggling student with cross- yze, and summarize classical texts, Sciences Department.cultural sensitivity, patience and serving as a manuscript consultantcreativity, than when discussing to numerous publishing houses and Mohamed Abu Shu‘lathe finer points of grammar. private institutes in the Middle East. Before coming to Qasid, Ustadh Thoroughly grounded in both tradi- Mohamed earned his advanced degreeFortunately, our instructors are tional Islamic scholarship and modern at Aal al-Bayt in Classical Legal Theory,adept at both. teaching methods, he provides the and several certificates in education, “capstone” experience for students at curriculum development, and teach-Faisal Matadar - Director of Academics the highest skills levels of Qasid’s core ing Arabic as a foreign language. HisStudied Religion at the George program, taking them through modules experience teaching at various academicWashington University. After develop- that include Literary Criticism, Tafsir, levels—university, high school, anding an early love of languages through Poetry, Sociology, and Terminology of elementary school—has made himformal studies of both Latin and Sacred Law and Hadith. U. Ahmed is especially adept at relating to studentsSpanish, Ustadh Faisal went on to equally at home with Qasid’s mid-level of diverse abilities and backgrounds.devote his energies to the Arabic lan- students, where his charismatic lecture U. Mohamed’s interdisciplinary back-guage, studying under scholars from al- style has made him an institute favorite. ground and wide-reading in philosophy,Azhar University. He went on to serve as art, religion, and cultural studies makesa Lecturer in Arabic at George Washing- Sohail Hanif his class discussions particularly lively.ton, as well as teaching private classes After graduating from Imperial College At Qasid, he spends most of his teachingat Georgetown, Howard University, and in London, Ustadh Sohail moved to hours with Level 3 and 4 students—other venues in the Washington area. Amman to continue his in-depth study those transitioning from intermediateHis studies in Arabic and the Islamic of the traditional Islamic sciences, with to advanced proficiency.sciences have taken him throughout the a particular focus on grammar and morphology. Over the years, he earned a Amir al-ShaikhMiddle East, including Mauritania, the reputation as the top student of Shaykh Ustadh Amir brings to Qasid nearly aEmirates, and Egypt. He presently serves Ali Hani, considered to be a veritable decade of experience teaching Arabicas Qasid’s Director of Academics and scholar of classical Arabic. U. Sohail and Islamic studies. Fluent in five lan-teaches in both the Sciences and Skills has studied the traditional grammar guages, he has earned a diploma fromdepartments. texts, including Qatr al-Nada, and major the University of Jordan in TeachingKhaled Abu Amsha sections of Shudhur al-Dhahab, and Arabic to Non-Native Speakers. He hasInternational Islamic Univeristy, the Mutammima. He has developed also been awarded a formal certificateMalaysia, M.A. in Teaching Arabic to countless techniques for bringing in Qur’anic recitation from the AmmanNon-Native Speakers. He has nearly a to life critically important medieval branch of the Muslim World League.decade of experience teaching Arabic in grammar texts such as the Ajurrumiyya U. Amir spends his days at Qasid doingMalaysia, Saudia Arabia, and Jordan. and the Azhariyya using modern tea- triple-duty—teaching the core classesUstadh Khalid served as the editor of the ching methods. U. Sohail was one of as well as two supple-mentary modules,Arabic section of IIUM’s post-graduate the pioneers of the Surah Yusuf Project conversation skills and Qur’anicjournal before returning to Amman, in Qasid’s Level 2 Sciences course. recitation. His second-degree black-beltwhere he was rated by students as the is appropriately contrasted by his lovetop Arabic instructor at the University of Faraz Khan of poetry, having both written andJordan’s Language Institute. He has lead After graduating with honors from performed a number of short pieces.numerous teacher-training seminars, the University of Texas, Austin andand is an author of several articles about graduate work in the sciences, Ustadh Nidal Abu Saninahsecond-language acquisition. U. Khaled Faraz came to Qasid to focus on gram- Ustadh Nidal Abu Saninah is one ofhas a particular gift teaching Qasid’s mar and morphology. A stand-out the leading vocal artists in Jordan. Afterbeginning-level students, helping them student, he went on to be the top earning traditional authorizations in thedevelop a strong foundation and con- graduate of his class, thereafter earning art of Qur’anic recitation, religiousfidence in their ability to learn. His M.A. an teaching assistantship offer. He odes, and chorale meter, he devoted overdissertation focused on the methods excelled as a teacher as he did as a a decade to teaching the vocal sciences.of teaching Arabic in historic Andalusia student, and was promoted to a full He has performed over 100 times on theand their significance for present-day teaching position. U. Faraz is a naturally popular Hayat FM radio station, andinstructors. gifted instructor with a knack for won a number of recitation and vocal simplifying difficult concepts. He has competitions throughout Jordan. HeAhmed Snobar developed several of Qasid’s supple- currently teaches the duff (frame drumUniversity of Jordan, M.A. in Hadith mentary modules, and is one of the key that is popular in the Middle East),Sciences. Ustadh Ahmad graduated first members of curriculum development. traditional chant, and Qur’anicin his class in the Master’s program, and Along with U. Sohail and U. Faisal, U. recitation.placed second in the nation for the Ph.D. Faraz is responsible for the practical
  10. 10. “The mix of students, the background of the teachers and the Islamic surroundings, made Qasid ideal …”—FAISAL KHAN, HARVARD LAW SCHOOL, BAKER & MCKENZIE (Level 2)An IdealLocationMany scholars of Arabic have noted that often-helpful crutch—just in case words from athe Jordanian dialect is among the closest to particular lesson slip their minds. Jordan has aClassical Arabic ( fusha ), making Amman rich Arab and Islamic heritage, and the naturalan ideal setting for learning—or perfecting— hospitality of the Jordanian people will be theone’s Arabic. Language learning requires source of many endearing memories.practice, and lots of it. For this reason, regard-less of how many years of formal study a student The Institute itself is within walking distance ofhas had, a several-month immersion in an Sheikh Nuh Keller’s Shadhili Zawiya and a briskArabic-rich setting is critical for intermediate/ stroll away from Masjid al-Nur. Other sciencesadvanced mastery of the language. are taught privately by bilingual and Arab- speaking scholars and students in the neighbor-At the same time, English is the second language hood, together creating a learning and livingof choice for many residents of Amman, environment that is among the best in the worldmeaning that in dealings with cab drivers, for those interested in the traditional sciences.shopkeepers, and others, beginners have an
  11. 11. “I strongly recommend Qasid to any who share my desire for immersion …and pursuit of top-notch Arabic instruction”—ZAAKIR YOONAS, UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND, SCHOOL OF MEDICINE (Level 2)Land of theProphetsFor those who haven’t had the opportunityto travel to the Middle East, it is worth notingthat Jordan is considered part of Sham (or “theLevant”), an area for which the Prophet (Godbless him and give him peace) made specialprayers. Its physical location is also referredto in the Qur’an as part of the Holy Land, andthose who have walked its valleys and hilltopsare following in the footsteps of the Prophets(God bless them and give them peace).We provide to each incoming student a visuallycompelling series of informational brochuresthat detail Jordan’s historical sites, includingTracing Islam in Jordan, Destination Jordan, Eco-Jordan , and the Jordan Visitor’s Guide .A few of the landmarks that students in thepast have visited:Wadi Rum (Absolutely stunning landscapes—ideal for camping; adventurous souls can stayovernight with local Bedouins deep in the heart Yarmouk (one of the central battles of earlyof the desert); Islamic history was fought here);The Prophet’s Tree (Famous tree near which Ajloun (Site of Salahadin’s famous castle builtthe Prophet (God bless him and give him at the time of the Crusaders);peace) met the monk Bahira and later the monkNestor); Cave of the Seven Sleepers (Site of the well- known Qur’anic and Biblical story);Tombs and meeting-areas of the Prophets andthe Companions (Among whom are: Harun, Red Sea (Aqaba—coastal city reputed for itsShu’ayb, Dawud, Sulaiman, Nuh, Lut, Yahya, resort-like setting)Ayub, Abu Ubaida, Mu’ad Ibn Jabal—Peace andblessings upon them all);Petra (The famous “Red-rose city” depicted inIndiana Jones);
  12. 12. “I loved my days there … People are constantly asking about the program”—HADIA MUBARAK, GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY (Level 1)FacilitiesThe Institute is spaciously housed in an over-sized villa in the peaceful residential neighbor-hood of Kharabsheh, West Amman. Dottedalong its perimeter by a scenic garden of appleblossom, olive, and tangerine trees and a med-ley of colorful flowers, the villa’s classroomsoverlook one of the many famed gorges of thisancient city.The Qasid garden provides an ideal place torelax in between classes or for a quick lunch.Roof-top access provides a view of far-awaydowntown Amman from one side, and of theaforementioned valley-gorge from the other. Inside, nearly 500 square meters of classrooms, staff workspace, and gathering quarters deco- rated with Egyptian woollen kilims and an abundance of vibrant plants create a comfort- able academic atmosphere. There are separate study/relaxing rooms for both men and women, Wi-Fi internet access, and a small kitchenette that serves as a drop-off point for lunch delivery. Our library boasts hundreds of classical Arabic texts, as well as a number of English-based titles on Arabic language acqui- sition. Classes are conducted in classrooms each bearing the name of one of the histori- cally-significant centers of learning in Islamic history (Cairo, Istanbul, Baghdad, Damascus, etc.); custom-made wood tables are U and L- shaped ideal for discussion.
  13. 13. “Excellent on every count”—AHMED KHANANI, PH.D. CANDIDATE, FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY (Level 1)Food& HousingDuring the session, lunch is delivered toQasid on all teaching days. Students placetheir orders in the morning with our OfficeManager, and pick it up from our in-housekitchenette at the specified time for lunch.Food selection is rich, and the menu includesboth local diet (rotisserie chicken & rice,shawarma, shish tawook, and a great dealmore) and (occasionally) ethnic variety (Thai,Chinese, American, Pakistani) for those whomiss home. A handful of the western familiesin the neighborhood cater health-consciousmeals, which are sometimes included in themenu rotation. Students can enjoy their lunchmeal on the rooftop overlooking the gorge, inthe midst of olive trees and flowers in our gar-den, or under the shade of the canopy-gazebo.Times for breakfast and dinner normally falloutside the open-hours of the Institute; dur- Large apartments with 3–5 single, privateing orientation, staff share recommendations rooms (ideal for single students);of what is available through supermarketshopping, catering, and nearby restaurants. Sharing with current US/UK/Canadian resi- dents of Kharabsheh (a second option for sin-With respect to housing, the Qasid staff will gle students)find suitable housing based on the statedpreferences indicated by each student on For full details about estimated costs of hous-his/her admission application. Housing is ing, food, and miscellaneous living expenses,normally within walking distance of Qasid or please inquire at info@qasidonline.comwithin a 3–5 minute cab ride. Among theoptions available:Private apartments (ideal for couples or smallgroups travelling together)
  14. 14. “… concern for each and every student, and a nurturing atmosphere … I am convinced that Qasids love andreverence for the Arabic language combined with the excellence, humility, and sincerity of the teachers andstaff provides … the perfect environment”—SADAF SHAUKAT, M.A. CANDIDATE, UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN, ANN ARBOR (Level 5)Health& SafetyMany Middle Eastern countries are undergoing cy requirements in the US/UK/Canada, so mostseismic changes that are political, economic, are bilingual. Equipment is first-rate, and careand social in nature. Despite recent headlines, is provided at a fraction of the cost. Those withJordan has largely been shielded from these children should rest assured that hospitals andupheavals, and Amman, the capital city where child care is on the whole excellent; a list ofQasid is located, has experienced a great deal pediatricians and other specialists is providedof growth. It is large enough to offer most of during orientation. Almost all of the ubiqui-the creature-comforts that students from the tously-used prescription drugs or a genericWest take for granted, but small enough to alternative are available in Amman, though weremain manageable and safe. A beginning recommend that admitted students bring anystudent will find the overall environment in items that are absolutely crucial to well-being.Amman to be far more familiar and suitablefor purposes of living and learning than othermajor cities in the Middle East.The West Amman neighborhood of Kharab-sheh in particular is family-oriented and friend-ly. Westerners have lived in this neighborhoodfor well over a decade, so the sight of studentsfrom abroad is a familiar one.A bus-ride orientation of Amman helps every-one get their bearing and locate importantshopping centers without having to wanderoff too far from home. ADSL Internet stalls atQasid with web-cam capabilities make keepingin touch easy and inexpensive. Cell phone call-ing plans are made available upon arrival atnominal cost to students who are interested,and optional Internet telephony (for homesthat are equipped for it) provide yet anothermeans of speaking directly with friends andloved ones for pennies a minute.Jordan’s health services are considered to beamong the best in the Middle East; citizensfrom Saudi Arabia, Yemen, and Egypt regularlycome to Jordan for health care. Many of thecountry’s doctors completed part their residen-
  15. 15. “Qasid was an incredible experience. I have never had better teachers who cared so much about my advancementin Arabic. The way Arabic grammar is usually taught never worked for me. I never really understood grammar untilI came to Qasid. Qasid’s students, teachers, and methodology taught me more Arabic in less than a year than anyother Arabic course has taught me.”— URSULA JESSEE, FULBRIGHT FELLOW (Level 4)Qasid Students At-a-GlanceUniversities representedHarvard (Undergraduate & Graduate Schools)GeorgetownYaleUniversity of PennsylvaniaUC BerkeleyUCLACambridgeLondon School of EconomicsSchool of Oriental and African StudiesWharton School of BusinessUniversity of ChicagoPrincetonDukeEmployers of past students includeUnited NationsMicrosoft CorporationUS State DepartmentBaker & McKenzie (Law firm)Boston Consulting GroupUSAID “The summer I spent at Qasid was the first timeSkadden, Arps (Law firm) I had been in the Middle East, as well as the firstUS Marine Corps. time I studied Arabic intensely. Everything IIslamica Magazine experienced at Qasid made me want to repeatMorgan Stanley (Investment Banking) both of these experiences … The teachers wereAmerican University of Cairo extremely knowledgeable, energetic and encouraging, making it both rewarding and funOrganizations / Groups represented to dedicate much of one’s time to studying aRoyal Court of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan frequently frustrating language. Perhaps mostFulbright Office (Amman, Jordan) impressive, however, was the individual attentionIndonesian Embassy (Amman, Jordan) I received as a student at Qasid, which seeks toAustralian Embassy (Amman, Jordan) create a unique curriculum for each student … Qasid is an institution sincerely dedicated to teaching and instilling a love of Arabic into its students, and I look forward to returning” Zack Hill University of Chicago
  16. 16. “When I decided to spend a summer abroad to learn Arabic I considered several programsthroughout the Middle East. After doing research and speaking with friends I identifiedQasid as the place to be. Reflecting back on my experience I can say it was one of the bestdecisions of my life. I was in the presence of dedicated students, outstanding faculty, anda blessed community. This fusion of excellence greatly enhanced my Arabic learning,enabled me to forge lasting friendships, and has inspired me to continue learning thisbeautiful language.” — Amir Memon, Wharton School of BusinessQA S I D I N S T I T U T E F O R C L A S S I C A L A R A B I CP.O. Box 961329, Amman 11196, JordanTel: +962 6 515 4364; Fax: +962 6 515 4352Email:;