Hossam Barakat is a native of Cairo, Egypt. He obtained his B.A. in philosophy from Ayn Shams University, Cairo, in 1993. Since 2005, he has taught Arabic at the University of Oklahoma. In previous years, he taught Arabic at a variety of institutions, including the Middle East Institute and Berlitz program in Washington, DC; the Inlingua International Language Centers in Maryland and Virginia; the Rainbow School in Binghamton, New York; and the Dutch Institute in Cairo, Egypt.