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Dr Amal Marogy

Dr Amal Marogy

Affiliated Researcher in Neo-Aramaic Studies, Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (FAMES)


Biography:

Amal Marogy is Affiliated Researcher in Neo-Aramaic Studies at the University of Cambridge and is Founder and Executive Director of Aradin Charitable Trust (www.aradin.org.uk). She holds a PhD in Oriental Languages and Cultures from the University of Ghent (Belgium). She taught Arabic at the University of Cambridge and was Director of Studies in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at King’s College. Amal launched and organized the first and second Foundations of Arabic Linguistic Conference series in Cambridge and has launched a new series of conferences under the title New Horizons in Intercultural Dialogue. The inaugural conference ‘Cultural Heritage of the Christian Communities in the Middle East: challenges and opportunities’ was held at Trinity Hall (Cambridge) on 14 and 15 November.

Research Interests

Neo Aramaic, Christianity in the Middle East, preservation of cultural heritage, intercultural dialogue, women in minority communities, Arabic linguistics.

The present research project will focus on a sub group of related NENA dialects, namely that of the Ṣapna region (Province of Duhok in North Iraq). These dialects have lost most of their fluent speakers. These speakers are the last bearers and transmitters of a rich and ancient linguistic, social and cultural heritage in its most intact form.

The research seeks to document the cultural history of this region and record the endangered oral tradition before it is too late. One major component in this research is to highlight the gender-based differences in language use and story telling and women’s role as guardians and transmitters of language and culture.