Sam Liebhaber – NEH Fellowship

Sam Liebhaber (Arabic) has been awarded a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support his academic leave in 2011-2012, during which he plans to complete work on a book project titled, Bedouin Without Arabic: Language, Poetry and the Mahra of Southeast Yemen. His goal is to create the first monograph-length analysis of the endangered Mahri language in its sociocultural context.  By engaging specifically with Mahri poetry and its reception in Southern Arabia, his work will have broader application to the field of Middle Eastern sociolinguistics and Bedouin vernacular poetry.