Samar Zahrawi, Ph.D.

Dr. Samar Zahrawi is an assistant professor of Arabic language and culture. She received her PhD in modern drama from the University of Leeds, UK in 1992. She taught English literature and translation studies in Syrian and Saudi Arabian universities for twenty one years.  Since 2013, she joined the Department of Foreign Languages at Sam Houston State.  The courses that she has been teaching are ARAB 1411 Elementary Arabic I, ARAB 1412 Elementary Arabic II, ARAB 2311 Intermediate Arabic I, ARAB 2312 Intermediate Arabic II, ARAB 3380 Contemporary Arab World, and  ARAB 4370 Special Topic in Arabic Culture. She is particularly interested in continually upgrading her methods of teaching language and culture. As she teaches Middle Eastern cultures through films, her research focuses on Syrian theater since the 1960s.  She is working on a book titled The Quest of Freedom in Sadallah Wannous’s Drama.

Selected publications

"The Images of Women in the Plays of Sa'dallah Wannous". Journal of Middle Eastern and North African Intellectual and Cultural Studies.( Binghamton: State University of New York) 2002.

“Syrian Drama Escaping Censorship: Sa’dallah Wannous’s The King’s Elephant and The King is King”. Arab World English Journal, vol. 6. No.2. 2015.

“The Rise of the Underdog: The Figure of the Anti-hero in two Plays by Sadallah Wannous". Arab World English Journal, vol. 7 June, 2016

Courses Taught at SHSU

ARAB 1411 Elementary Arabic I

ARAB 1412 Elementary Arabic II

ARAB 2311 Intermediate Arabic I

ARAB 2312 Intermediate Arabic II