A Teaching Network Brings Arabic to the Heartland

Jeremy Fowler

Khalil Mazraawi, Agence France-Presse, for The Chronicle

Jeremy Fowler, an American doctor who studied Arabic through the U.S. Arabic Distance Learning Network while a student at Montana State U., tends to a patient at a clinic in Jordan.

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Khalil Mazraawi, Agence France-Presse, for The Chronicle

Jeremy Fowler, an American doctor who studied Arabic through the U.S. Arabic Distance Learning Network while a student at Montana State U., tends to a patient at a clinic in Jordan.

As a student at Montana State University more than 10 years ago, Jeremy Fowler decided to take Arabic, a language he was only dimly aware of and was surprised to learn was available to him. Today he is a doctor, using his Arabic to treat impoverished Bedouins with tuberculosis at a small clinic near Irbid, Jordan.

"I never imagined myself working somewhere like this," he says. "But the language studies prepared me to start helping out immediately."

Dr. Fowler took his courses