Taha-Thomure, Hanada 1968-

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TAHA-THOMURE, Hanada 1968-


Born January 8, 1968, in Beirut, Lebanon; naturalized U.S. citizen; daughter of Ibrahim and Naziha Taha; married Tim Thomure (a pilot), April 30, 1997; children: Yasmina, Raiya. Ethnicity: "Middle Eastern." Education: American University of Beirut, M.A., 1996; University of New Orleans, Ph.D., 1997. Politics: "International citizen!" Religion: Muslim. Hobbies and other interests: Travel.


Office—Arab Expertise, 12430 Pathos Ln., San Diego, CA 92129.


Arab Expertise (educational consulting firm), San Diego, CA, director, 2004—. Formerly worked as teacher of Arabic language; consultant to Second Language Testing, Inc. Muslim Community Center of San Diego, chair of education committee, 2005—; consultant to Scholastic.


American Association for Teachers of Arabic.


Academic Freedom in Arab Universities, University Press of America (Lanham, MD), 2003.


Hanada Taha-Thomure told CA: "My first book came as a result of the doctoral research I conducted in 2000. The extensive amount of work and the fact that it was the first study of academic freedom in Arab universities prompted me to publish it.

"I am currently writing a beginning Arabic reading and writing curriculum based on Gardner's 'multiple intelligences theory' and Vygotsky's 'zone of proximal development' concept. Teaching Arabic for over twelve years in various parts of the Arab world and the United States led to work on this curriculum. There is an urgent need for modern, research-based, child-centered Arabic curricula."