Ustadha Egbal Almahatwary, M.A. – a resident scholar of the Madina Institute – is a native Arabic speaker (also fluent in English), teacher and researcher from Sana’a, Yemen. She holds both a master’s and bachelor’s in Arabic language and literature from Sana’a University, where she studied under linguists and professors such as the famous Yemeni poet and writer Dr. Abdul Aziz Al-Maqaleh. Her experience encompasses a combined thirteen years of experience in teaching, annotating, and conducting research in the Arabic language.
Ustadha Egbal was raised in a deep-rooted Islamic learning environment in a family from Ahlul Bayt where she was educated in the Islamic sciences of Quran, Hadith, Fiqh and ‘Aqidah, as well as the Arabic linguistic sciences of Nahw, Sarf and Balaaghah. She studied under her uncle the renowned Dr. Murtadha Almahatwary (rahimahu Allah), earning an ijazah in Uloom ul–Arabiyyah. This background allowed her passion for learning and teaching Arabic to manifest early in life; by the age of thirteen she was already teaching Quran, Tajwid and the Ajrumiyyah in the halaqa setting.
Ustadha Egbal’s teaching experience spans a wide range of Arabic styles and classroom settings in both Yemen and the U.S. As a result, her teaching style is a uniquely tailored methodology that incorporates both classical Quranic Arabic and Modern Standard Arabic (Fusħa only) in a structural and interactive pedagogy. Her students in the Usul ud-Din program combine their instruction with practical application in comprehension of complex theological texts such as Al-‘Aqidah al-Tahawiyyah.
Aside from teaching, Ustadha Egbal also worked in editing and annotating manuscripts for two years at Badr Educational and Cultural Center in Sana’a, Yemen. The experience allowed her to familiarize with much of the Islamic lexical and literary canon, annotating works such as Misbahu Arraghib wa Miftahu Haqaeqi Alma’arib Sharhu Kafiati ibni lhajeb, a commentary on Kafiatu ibn Ihajeb, one of the most important grammatical texts in the Arabic language.
She has also conducted research in the field of Arabic language and literature criticism, authoring many unpublished papers (listed below):
We are honored to have Ustadha Egbal as the Head of the Arabic Department at Madina Institute and it’s leading instructor.