The Waheed Samy Award for Excellence in Arabic Writing: A Call for the 2016 Submissions

The American University in Cairo (AUC) and the Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA) invite advanced-level students of Arabic language to submit two samples of their writing for consideration for the 2016 award of $1000.

This award was established in honor of Dr. Waheed Samy who was a member of the Arabic faculty at the University of Michigan, the CASA program, and the Arabic Language Institute at AUC. During his teaching tenure at these institutions, Dr. Samy placed much focus on teaching writing and authored Arabic Writing for Style: al-Kitaba wa-l-uslub (1999) as a resource for writers of Arabic. It is our hope that this award will not only commemorate Dr. Samy’s work as a teacher of Arabic writing but will also bring attention to Arabic writing as a main ingredient of Arabic learning.

This award is presented annually to a student of Arabic as a Foreign/Second Language who has excelled in the area of writing. Competition for the award is open to students in Arabic programs around the world. Recipients of the award receive $1,000 dollars and a commemorative plaque in recognition of their outstanding achievement in Arabic writing.

We invite all students of Arabic at the higher levels of proficiency to apply and we call upon teachers of Arabic worldwide to encourage their students to apply.