Dr Salwa El-Awa specialises in Arabic and Islamic Studies.
She is especially interested in Arabic linguistics and modern linguistic analysis of Arabic and Islamic text, particularly the Qur'an. She also has a great deal of interest in researching contemporary Islamic movements, their ideologies and their changing relations with the State and law enforcement authorities.
She has published work on Relevance Theory and the Qur'anic text, the Egyptian Islamic Group (Al-Jama'a Al-Islamiyya) and counter-terrorism policing in the UK and Egypt.
Her current research projects focus on the Qur'anic text structure and manipulation of language in the political and economical discourse of mainstream Arabic media.
Current research interests include:
- Qur'anic discourse structure, coherence, cohesion and textual relations.
- Why Arabic is an endangered language.
- Pragmatic readings of classical and modern Arabic text.
- The linguistic identity of young Muslims/Arabs as expressed in social media.
- Ideological readings of the Qur’an.
- Religion in the context of society, politics and conflict resolution.
- Islamists and the State: trust building and trust breaking policies.