Who Is She

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Professor of Arabic Linguistics
Wafaa Kamel

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Cairo University
Faculty of Literature, Arabic Department


PhD, Linguistics, Department of Arabic, Faculty of Arts, Cairo University, 1980
MA, Arabic Literature, Cairo University, 1974
BA, Arabic Literature, Cairo University, 1969


Arabic Linguistics
Arabization of Sciences

Work history

Professor of Arabic Linguistics, Faculty of Literature, Cairo University
Supervisor of Grammar and Morphology, Dar al-Ulum, Cairo University/Fayyoum University, 1997-1999
Chair, Arabic Department, Faculty of Education Development for Teacher Preparation, Riyadh, 1993-1994
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Basic Education, Kuwait, 1988-1990 and 1994-1997
Chair, Arabic Department, Faculty of Literature for Girls, Riyadh, 1982-1984
Honorary office and memberships: 
Expert, Academy of the Arabic Language in Cairo, 2007
Member and Rapporteur, Academy of the Arabic Language in Damascus, 2002
Board member, International Arab Translators Association
Member, National Council for Culture, Art, Literature and Media, 2002
Productions and works: 
Presented research in conferences and workshops including: Egyptian National Archives Seminar, 2009; workshop on linguistic data,
Faculty of Computing and Information, in conjunction with the University of Pennsylvania, 2008; workshop at the Netherlands Flemish Institute in Cairo, 2008; the First National Seminar on Computing and the Arabic Langauge (ISCAL), 2007.
Surat al-mar'a fi al-'aql al-jma'ai al-masri min khilal amthalihi (The image of women in the Egyptian collective mind as seen in proverbs), National Council for Women, 2008.
Studies in Modern Arabic. Cairo: World of Books, 2003.
Arab Academies and Language Issues. Cairo: World of Books, 2004.


First woman to be appointed to the Arab Academy of Cairo
Only Egyptian woman chosen as a respresentative to the Arab Academy of Damascus, 2002-Present
Headed the national campaign to correct the distorted image of Arabic found in Merriam Webster's Collegiate Dictionary
Cairo University Award for Humanities and Social Sciences Achievement, 2004
Best Professor Medal and Certificate of Merit, Cairo University, 2004