This is Mazin again. They say in America: "long time no seeing" and I add "No hearing" I attended a conference in Amman about Arab-American Relations in April. I would like to thank you for drawing my attention to it. I met some people interested in student exchange programs. But I thought of something different. You will read some of the details below. I hope to visit Jeddah soon or maybe Riyadh. I would like to congratulate you on the new post. We will miss you in Jeddah, but Riyadh is not very far. You will have more influence and the relations between our countries will benefit greatly and we personally.
I hope to hear from you.
These are the letters I exchanged with J. Scott Bridger about the subject.
I want to thank each of you personally for making our trip very productive and pleasant. Your presence and input were invaluable. Much was accomplished and I look forward to continuing in our partnership together. If I can be of any assistance in any way, please feel free to contact me. Once again thank you.
J. Scott Bridger, MA S.I.T.E. (Specialist for International Training and Education)Jerusalem, Palestine-Israel
Great to hear from you. I'm delighted to hear of the interest by the professors on your end. I will discuss these issues with the interested parties on this end and get back to you when I have more information. I will also try and contact Laura Berg at the Embassy in Jeddah. Do you have an email for her?
Dear James Scott.
This is Mazin again. I did some consultations in the last few days. Some distinguished professors of my friends are enthusiastic about the project. They believe it is going to be a breakthrough or outstanding (cool) to have American students come to Saudi Arabia. We want to know how many students are proposed to attend? What is their academic standing are they all undergraduates? Will there be some graduate students? Did they take any Arabic language courses before? If so what were these courses? How much do they know about Islam. I proposed to give unconventional course such as introduction to Islamic systems where three professors of high caliber would lecture? How would you compensate the teachers for their time and effort? Have you had the chance to contact the American Embassy in Riyadh or the Consulate in Jeddah whom I prefer? The teachers need the official approvals before they start putting out a syllabus for their part. How many credit hours are you planning and how many weeks could the students stay four or six weeks? I suggest three hours for Arabic and same for Islam. We shall provide handouts or some written texts to cover the material intended to be presented. Hope to hear from you soon. Mazin
I hope that this email finds you and your family well. I wanted to let you know that I've been in contact with one of our member colleges and they are very interested in the possibility of establishing a program in Arabic and Islamic Studies under your supervision. The students that would attend courses would be doing so in coordination with a programmed study in religion, culture, anthropology, etc. If it's possible, we would need to set up the program so that the students could receive credit for the courses they take. This could possibly be arranged through the college here in the States and your institution. The college that is interested in establishing some type of a program has indicated they are willing to send a group of delegates to visit with you and discuss further the possibilities. I wanted to contact you to let you know of my continued interest in the possible programs that you and I discussed while in Jordan. I hope to hear from you soon regarding these matters.
J. Scott Bridger, MA