POSTPONED- Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies Seminar

Postponed. More information available soon.


Seminar 1 – Wednesday 11 December 2019, 4.30pm-5.30pm

This series of seminars aims to explore topical issues in Islam, the Muslim world and the Middle East.

Aimed at final year undergraduate, postgraduate research students and academics who wish to share their research interests with colleagues and researchers in the field of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, the seminars will develop the understanding of Islam and the Middle East from political, socio-cultural, religious, economic and anthropological perspectives.

Mourad Diouri, teaching fellow in Arabic language studies at the University of Edinburgh, will be leading the upcoming seminar with discussions of ‘Roots&Routes: Towards simplifying the learning & teaching of Arabic vocabulary through rootwords’. He will also be joined by co-presenter Dimana Harvey.


About the seminar
Among the fascinating aspects of Arabic is its root word system and how the vocabulary is remarkably and logically connected, both in root-words and meaning. Once the learners are familiar with how the roots work, they are usually able to unleash the meaning of a huge body of vocabulary and untangle many unknown words, especially if studied in context.

On a quest to improve the quality of learning/teaching Arabic vocabulary, Roots & Routes is an ambitious collaborative open-access publishing project which aims to simplify and modernise the learning of rootwords and their derivatives for learners of Arabic as a foreign language. The speakers will share their experience of working in the project, their vision and the main challenges and obstacles they faced.

About the speaker
Mourad Diouri is teaching fellow in Arabic language studies in the PG Arabic Programme at the Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies Dpt at the University of Edinburgh.  He is also a staff developer in technology-enhanced language teaching and runs regular training workshops and courses within the UK and worldwide. He is the author of (1) Teach Yourself: Essential Arabic Vocabulary: A Handbook of Core Terms, (2) Internet Arabic: Essential Middle Eastern Vocabulary and (3) Teach Yourself: Read & Write Arabic Script.

To register your interest in attending the seminar, please email


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