The Arabic Circle is a weekly lecture in Arabic at the University of Chicago's Center for Middle Eastern Studies. This lecture series includes social, cultural and academic discussions about the Arabic-speaking world and is led by faculty, students and visiting scholars. The opinions of the speakers are their own. Background pattern created by ransie3.
- 27 May 2016: Nora Zaki
- 22 Jan. 2016: Richard Nedjat
- 15 Jan. 2016: Mahmoud Saeed
- Three new recordings: Amani Aseel, Lakhdar (Elkhidr) Choudar, Hala El Badry
- 9 Oct. 2015: Tim Friese
- 2 Oct. 2015: Kay Heikkinen, Noha Forster, Hala Abdel Mobdy
- Montserrat Rabadán: Syrian refugees in Berlin
- Amir Toft: Onomatopoeia in Arabic
- Khalid Alhindi: Arabian scholarship before the Wahhabi movement
- Noha Forster: Nostalgic images of Egypt’s past
- Mariam Sheibani: Grammar of the heart
- Usama Canon: Learning Arabic in its various forms
- Orit Bashkin: Transit camps in early Israel
- Kevin Blankinship: Death and decay in poetry
- Nareman Taha & Rima Najia: Arab-American Social Services
- Ahmed Alqarni: What makes language beautiful?
- Kay Heikkinen: Some summer reflections from Egypt
- Muhammad Eissa: In Memory of Farouk Moustafa
- Sherine Yousef and Abdelghany Barakat
- A Psalmic Reading of Quran 78
SpeakersAhmad Baasiri Ahmed Hashem Amahl Bishara Amin al-Ali Amina Mohamed Amy Ruszkiewicz Andrew Alger Annie Higgins Babacar Samb Basima Bezirgan Cam Cross Doaa Mansoor Elizabeth Urban Eman Gamaal Fahad al-Homoudi Farouk Mustafa Fatma el Sakhawy Gregg Reynolds Hala El Badry Hossein Saleh Issa Boulos James Rumsey-Merlan Kay Heikkinen Kevin Blankinship Kristen Stilt Mahmoud Saeed Manal Kotb Michael Sells Montserrat Rabadàn Muhammad Eissa Munira Misbah Mustapha Kamal Noha Forster Orit Bashkin Osama Abu-Eledam Rafi Mottahedeh Rana Mikati Rasmiyya Yusuf Rime Naguib Sasson Somekh Sherif al-Gayyar Thomas Salem Manganaro Toujan al-Faisal Widad Kadi Yazan Doughan
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In the coming weeks, we will be updating the Arabic Circle website and posting several recordings from the past few months.
Nora Zaki, currently an M.Div. student at the University of Chicago, delivered a presentation on the topic of “Animals in … Continue reading
Richard Nedjat, currently an MA student in the Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES) at the University of Chicago, delivered a presentation about Arabic dialects spoken in various Gulf countries. Click here to access an audio recording of his remarks and … Continue reading
Mahmoud Saeed, a well-known Iraqi author and longtime friend of Arabic Circle, recently gave a presentation on the practice of hijab in the pre-modern Arab world, especially as reflected in the works of the medieval artist Yaḥyá ibn Maḥmūd al-Wāsiṭī.
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We have recordings of three recent Arabic Circle meetings available for download:
23 Oct. 2015: Amani Aseel, “The Development of Women’s Education in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.” Click here to listen.
NB: We encountered some technical difficulties in recording this session, with the … Continue reading
At our second meeting of the 2015–16 academic year, we heard from Tim Friese, a UChicago alumnus who now works as a professional Arabic–English translator (among other things). Click here to visit his website. The title of Tim’s presentation was “The … Continue reading
At our first meeting of the 2015–16 academic year, we heard from three UChicago Arabic lecturers—Dr. Kay Heikkinen, Noha Forster, and Hala Abdel Mobdy—all of whom spent time in Egypt over the summer. The title of their joint presentation was … Continue reading
This week we welcome back one of UChicago’s former Arabic lecturers, Dr. Montserrat Rabadán, who currently resides in Berlin, where in addition to her academic work she has spent a considerable time volunteering for communities of Syrian refugees from the … Continue reading
This week’s speaker talks about the phenomenon of onomatopoeia in Arabic, as conceived in modern and classical terms, with a handful of examples to illustrate. Animal sounds are but one example of the very rich part of the active Arabic lexicon … Continue reading
In this week’s meeting, our guest, an advanced law student in Chicago who has served for some time in the Saudi judiciary and comes from a family of scholars and lawyers extend back over a century, discusses the fascinating mosaic of … Continue reading
In this week’s talk, one of our esteemed Arabic lecturers, in light of the recent passing of several iconic figures of Egyptian culture, shows images and discusses how they have evoked for some Egyptians a yearning for the past—as well as to … Continue reading