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Halqa arabiyya: A chance to practice academic Arabic at the CNMS!

Our goal

The Halqa arabiyya offers students, teachers, and scholars an opportunity to present and discuss topics of their studies and research. The goal is to practice Arabic as a modern and live academic language at CNMS, which should be conducive to “de-exoticizing” it within the paradigm of post-colonial teaching and scholarship.

What happens at the meetings?

In a relaxed atmosphere, with tea and cookies, we are trying to promote the active use of spoken Arabic. It is not the point to talk without mistakes or to understand everything. What is more important, is attempting to communicate and exchange ideas with your colleagues. The normal length of the talks is fifteen minutes, followed by a discussion. In addition, short five-minute presentations are also welcome.

The team of the Halqa arabiyya supports all the presenters in the preparation of their talks. Furthermore, you can find additional information and word lists for independent study at Ilias in the section “Halqa arabiyya/Kolloquium Wissenschaftsarabisch”. Those who made a presentation and actively participated in Halqa arabiyya for at least one semester receive an official attendance certificate.

The Digital Lecture Series

Since 2020, the program of the Halqa arabiyya is completed by a digital series of Arabic lectures. In short videos with Arabic subtitles, native and non-native scholars from all over the world present their research in Arabic, for instance on trauma in post-civil-war Lebanese literature, on the notion of integration in Germany, and the Muslim reading of history. The videos are released on our Facebook-Website and on our YouTube Channel

The program of the sessions in the Summer Semester 2021
(The sessions take place on Thursday, 6-8 pm, via BigBlueButton)

Nadja Danilenko (Postdoc Uni Hamburg): „Puzzle the world. The book of routes and realms of al-Iṣṭaḫrī (10th century) and its tradition“
Faouzia Zeraoulia (Postdoc Politik NMO): „The language of protest in the Algerian Hirak movement (2019-2020) - a study on the historical and political dimension"

Filiz Kandemir (MA NMS): „Transcultural nursing for patients from Muslim cultures in German hospitals“
Thomas Jakob (Postdoc NMO): „Digitization in the Middle East“

10.06.2021 (together with CNMS Welcome):
Literary evening event with Hamed Abboud and Kholoud Charaf, translation (German) Kerstin Wilsch

Verena Blaimer (MA PoWO): „Atheism in Egypt“
Sanabel Abdelrahman (PhD Arabistik): „The Gothic in Palestinian Literature: The Short Stories of the Sheikha Hlewa“

Jannis Kawelke (MA NMS): „Muslim minorities in East Asia“
Bassem Hagar (BA NMS): „Minorities in the Iraqi State and the Emergence of Nationalism under the British Mandate (1920-1932)“

Organizers: Sherif El Habibi, Vera Tsukanova, Christian Junge, Eylaf Bader Eddin, Assem Hefny, Frank Weigelt

Contact: Christian Junge (

What happened thus far

Since the foundation of the Halqa arabiyya in 2017, some forty participants presented at this forum on such topics such as “The role of trade unions in the Arab Spring”, “Muslim dating platforms in Germany” or “Arabic language mentality and emancipation on the brink of modernity”. Furthermore, each semester a plenary invitational talk in Arabic takes place. For example, the cooperation with the program “CNMS meets Refugees” resulted in the invitation of the Syrian writer Rosa Yassin Hassan, the American political scientist Wendy Pearlman and the Syrian intellectual Yasin al-Hajj Saleh. The Semester program is concluded with an open discussion session on topics such as “Sport from the perspective of Cultural studies” or “Arabic as academic language in Near and Middle Eastern Studies”.

Recent publications on Academic Arabic
      Christian Junge (2019): „Touching Language! Postcolonial Knowledge Production, Language Practice and Arabic Studies in Germany” (Online)
      Vera Tsukanova/Michael Waltisberg (2019): „Arabic as a Scholarly Language? Pitfalls of Multilingualism in Scholarship“ (Online)
      Christian Junge (2021): „Why Non-European Languages Matter to European Humanities: Area Studies and Postcolonial Philology“ (Online: English and Arabic)

Additional Links:
Halqa arabiyya on Facebook
Halqa arabiyya on YouTube