Mbarek Sryfi

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Lecturer in Foreign Languages, Arabic

839 Williams Hall

Mbarek Sryfi, poet and translator, is a lecturer in foreign languages and serves as the coordinator for the Arabic Language Program at the University of Pennsylvania. He earned a BA in English Language and Literature and a MA in Education, holds a teacher certification from the Ecole Nationale Superieure, and earned a PhD in Literature from the University of Pennsylvania. His work has been widely published in many journals and magazines, and anthologies including Al-Arabiyya, ArabLit Quarterly, Banipal, CEELAN Review, Metamorphoses, Middle Eastern Literatures, The Journal of North African Studies, Translation Review, and World Literature Today among others. Sryfi has co-authored Perspectives: Arabic Language and Culture in Film (2009), co-translated five books, The Monarch of the Square (2014), The Arabs and the Art of Storytelling (2014), The Elusive Fox (2016), The Blueness of the Evening (2018), With Urgency (2021), and translated The Handsome Jew (2022). Sryfi has published three poetry collections, The Trace of a Smile (2018), City Poems (2020), and Chasing a Moving Landscape (2022).


PhD in Arabic Literature & Islamic Studies, University of Pennsylvania

MA in Education, École Normale Supérieure, Rabat, Morocco

BA in English language and Literature, Université Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdullah, Fez, Morocco

Courses Taught

Elementary Arabic I&II

Intermediate Arabic III&IV

Advanced Intermediate Arabic V&VI

Advanced Arabic and Syntax I&II  

ARAB 039 (ARAB 639) Colloquial Arabic (Moroccan Arabic)

ARAB 331 (ARAB 531) Advanced Spoken Standard Arabic

ARAB 133-910 Intensive Elementary Arabic I & II

Independent Study

Reading in Arabic Literature

Readings in Belles-Lettres

Readings in the Social Sciences and the Media

Media Arabic

Selected Publications

Chasing a Moving Landscape, Lavender Ink (2022)

The Handsome Jew by Ali Al-Muqri, Dar Arab (Februaury 2022)

With Urgency: A Selection of Poems by Aicha Bassry, Diálogos (November 2021)

City Poems-A Selection, Edition L’Harmattan, Paris, France, (December 2020)   

The Blueness of the Evening, The University of Arkansas Press (January 2018)

Listed in the entries for The 2018 Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation

The Elusive Fox, Syracuse University Press (Fall 2016)

Monarch of the Square - An Anthology of Muhammad Zafzaf’s Short Stories, Syracuse University Press (Fall 2014)

Arabs and the Art of Storytelling - A Strange Familiarity, Syracuse University Press (Fall 2014, 2017) Named a finalist for the 2015 French-American Foundation Translation Prize in Non-Fiction


AATA (American Association of Teachers of Arabic)

ACLA (American Comparative Literature Association)

ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages)

AIMS (the American Institute for Maghrib Studies)

ALTA (American Literary Translation Association)

AWP (Association of Writers and Writing Programs)

MESA (Middle East Studies Association) MLA (Modern Language Association)

MLA (Modern Language Association)

NEMLA (North East Modern Language Association)

PAMLA (Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association)

TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages)