Mahri Poetry Archive

Sam Liebhaber


Sam Liebhaber received his M.A. degree in Comparative Semitics (2000) and his Ph.D. in Arabic Literature from the University of California, Berkeley (2007). Sam has extensive fieldwork experience in Eastern Yemen and Dhofar where he has documented the oral poetic traditions of the Mahra, a community of bedouin pastoralists who speak an endangered language that pre-dates the arrival of Arabic to Southern Arabia.  In addition to publications on Yemeni poetry and the linguistic anthropology of the Mahri language, Sam has scholarly interests in classical Arabic literature, Comparative Semitics, Bedouin vernacular poetry and the language minority communities of the Middle East and North Africa.

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