Mbarek Sryfi

Lecturer in Foreign Languages


Mbarek Sryfi joined the University of Pennsylvania in 2004, previously he has taught at Mercer County Community College (New Jersey), and Morocco.  He is currently a Lecturer in Foreign Languages and Ph.D. student in Arabic Literature and Islamic Studies, both housed in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations here at Penn.


B.A. in English literature, University of Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdellah, Fez, Morocco (1990); M.A. in education, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Rabat, Morocco (1995). Currently a graduate student in the PhD. program in Arabic Literature and Islamic Studies at Penn.


Arabic, French, English, Spanish, Hebrew

Research Interests:

Classical & Modern Arabic Literature, Moroccan Literature, Technology and Language Acquisition, and translation

Overseas Research Experience:

Visiting instructor of Arabic (Al-Akhawayn University, Ifrane, Morocco 2010)

Recent Publications:
  • Co-translation of Hassan Najmi’s poetry with  Eric Sellin, (Metamorphoses a journal of literary translation, forthcoming Spring 2011)
  • Contribution to Perspectives - Arabic Language and Culture in Film (Alucen Learning, 2009)
  • Co-translation of Mohammad Zifzaf’s short stories with Roger Allen, (CELAAN, Summer 2008)

Elementary Arabic (031, 032)

Arabic Literature in the Belles-Lettres (037, 038)

Advanced Spoken Standard Arabic (331)