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Faculty Highlight: Faten Arfaoui, Arabic Language Instructor


Last year the department of Religious Studies welcomed Career NTTF Faten Arfaoui to our Arabic language instructional team.

Faten spent her early childhood in the city of Kairouan in the center of Tunisia.  It has a large historical mosque built by the Aghlabids.  At age 11, her family moved to the capital city, Tunis.  She attended Ibn Charaf University there, with a degree in both English and International Relations.  In 2008, she received a Fulbright to come to the U.S. to study at Texas Tech, where she ultimately completed a Master’s degree and began work on a Ph.D.  Coming to America was the fulfillment of a dream.  She has made many friends, teaching them about her culture and learning about theirs.  This “cultural exchange” continues with her students at the U of O.

Faten is a big fan of the novels of Egyptian novelist Naguib Mahfouz, especially his Khan al-Khalili.  She also loves a novel she recently read called Awza Atajawwaz.  As for favorite films, she says that she loves any romance movies, especially those with actress Sandra Bullock.  She particularly likes “The Proposal,” “The Net,” and “While You Were Sleeping.”

Visit the Arabic website for more information about Arabic Language at the U of O.