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Staff expertise
Our MSc in Advanced Arabic is taught by leading specialists who not only teach the
language but are recognised globally for their role in enhancing Arabic pedagogy.

They bring together extensive experience in teaching Arabic internationally and in British Higher Education
and government language programmes. They also bring to the programme their varied and in-depth
knowledge of Arabic literature, history and culture, which informs their teaching and the course content.

Dr Farah Aboubakr
Teaching Fellow

Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies

University of Edinburgh

 Work: +44 (0)131 650 3625 (tel:+44 (0)131 650 3625)

✉ Email: Farah.Aboubakr@ed.ac.uk (mailto:Farah.Aboubakr@ed.ac.uk)

Room 2.28
19 George Square

Dr Farah Aboubakr is a specialist in memory studies and Palestinian popular culture, and is currently
adapting her PhD thesis (University of Manchester, 2014) into a monograph. She also integrates her
background in translation theory and critical literary analysis into her teaching of Arabic.
Dr Aboubakr joined the University of Edinburgh (IMES and CASAW) as a Teaching Fellow in 2013. She teaches
on the two-year Intensive Arabic Programme and she is currently the Programme Director of the MSc
Advanced Arabic programme. Prior to joining IMES she also taught Arabic at academic and government
institutions in the UK. She is one of the editors and translators on the new edition of The Oxford Dictionary of
Arabic (Oxford University Press, 2014).
Full staff profile for Dr Farah Aboubakr

Jonathan Featherstone
Senior Teaching Fellow of Arabic
Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies
University of Edinburgh

 Work: +44 (0)131 651 1531 (tel:+44 (0)131 651 1531)

✉ Email: Jonathan.Featherstone@ed.ac.uk (mailto:Jonathan.Featherstone@ed.ac.uk)

19 George Square

Jonathan Featherstone has designed intensive training programmes in the Communicative Approach for
Arabic teachers and delivered them in the UK, UAE, Palestine, and the USA. He is also the author of the Arabic
volume in the BBC 'Talk' series.
Mr Featherstone has worked as Lecturer of Arabic at the Defence School of Languages in Beaconsfield, UK
and at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office where he was Senior Lecturer of Arabic. He has also taught
Arabic at the International Language Institute in Cairo and with the Danish Army in Copenhagen.
Full staff profile for Jonathan Featherstone

Mr Mourad Diouri
Teaching Fellow, eLearning Programme Organiser & Staff

Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies

University of Edinburgh

 Work: +44 (0)131 650 6615 (tel:+44 (0)131 650 6615)

✉ Email: M.Diouri@ed.ac.uk (mailto:M.Diouri@ed.ac.uk)
Room 2.28
19 George Square

Mourad Diouri has taught languages at a number of institutions across the UK. At the University of East
Anglia he won the University's 2005 Award of Excellence in Teaching for the Most Innovative Course Design
and as a result of integrating educational technologies into classroom teaching. He is the author of several
handbooks of specialist Arabic vocabulary.
In 2011 he was received two awards in e-Learning, the e-Assessment Innovation Award and the Formative e-
Assessment Award (Highly Commended). He also organised Edinburgh's first festival of Arab culture in 2015.
Full staff profile for Mourad Diouri

This article was published on Nov 23, 2015


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