Farah Aboubakr

Senior Teaching Fellow


Dr Farah Aboubakr joined the University of Edinburgh (IMES and CASAW) as a Teaching Fellow in 2013. She teaches on the two-year Intensive Arabic Programme.

Farah teaches Modern Standard Arabic and Arabic dialects to non-native speakers integrating different approaches, mainly communicative. Some of her previous experiences are (i) Senior Tutor of Arabic at the Language Centre (the University of Manchester), (ii) Freelance Translator and Lexicographer on the new edition of the Arabic-English-Arabic Oxford Dictionary (Oxford University Press), (iii) Team Leader of the Senior Intensive Arabic course designed for professional linguists in the UK government as well as Convenor of Culture and Language Teaching of Levantine Dialects (Palestinian, Syrian and Lebanese) at Communicaid Ltd.


  • Ph.D. (2014): “The Palestinian Folktale as a site of Framing Palestinian Collective Memory and National Identity” - The Department of Translation & Intercultural Studies - The University of Manchester.
  • M.A. (Distinction) 2004: Translation and Interpreting (Arabic-English-Arabic) - The University of Salford. Dissertation entitled: “The Translation of Wordplay, Irony and Satire in the Pessoptimist by Emil Habiby.
  • B.A.(Hons) 2002: English Language and Literature - Mohammed V University, Morocco.

Research summary

  • Cultural translation: (media & literary)
  • Memory Studies & Oral Literature
  • Linguistics and Lexicography.