Category Archives: Circles

27 May 2016: Nora Zaki

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

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22 Jan. 2016: Richard Nedjat

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

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15 Jan. 2016: Mahmoud Saeed

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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Three new recordings: Amani Aseel, Lakhdar (Elkhidr) Choudar, Hala El Badry

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.
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9 Oct. 2015: Tim Friese

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

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2 Oct. 2015: Kay Heikkinen, Noha Forster, Hala Abdel Mobdy

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

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Montserrat Rabadán: Syrian refugees in Berlin

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

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Amir Toft: Onomatopoeia in Arabic

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

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Khalid Alhindi: Arabian scholarship before the Wahhabi movement

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

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Noha Forster: Nostalgic images of Egypt’s past

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

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