Dr Salwa El-Awa
Senior Lecturer
Modern Languages
Telephone: (01792) 513076
Room: Academic Office - 339
Third Floor
Keir Hardie Building
Singleton Campus

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.

Areas of Expertise

  • Arabic Linguistics
  • Qur'anic Studies
  • Qur'anic Text Analysis
  • Qur'anic Linguistics
  • Islamic Studies
  • Islamic Militant Groups in the Middle East
  • Egyptian Jama'a Islamiyya


  1. El-Awa, S. Discourse markers and the structure of intertextual relations of medium length Qur'anic suras: the case of Sūrat Ṭā Hā Marianna Klar(Ed.), Structural Dividers in Qur’anic Material: A Synthesis of Approaches London and New York Routledge
  2. El-Awa, S. Discourse Markers as Indicators of Text Division in the Multiple-Topic Qur’anic Suras: A Meta-Analysis of Q 2 (Ed.), Understanding and Believing - A Comparative View of Theological Scriptural Hermeneutics DE Gruyter
  3. El-Awa, S. Governance and Counter-Terrorism: engaging moderate and non-violent extremist movements in combatting Jihadist-linked Terrorism International's Journal of Crime and Justice - Special Issue on Governance and Counter-terrorism
  4. El-Awa, S. Spirituality and Religion in the life of Muslim and Islamist prisoners: Egypt and the UK as case studies Nuri Tinas(Ed.), Istanbul Centre for Education Values Publication House
  5. El-Awa, S. The Role of Community Engagement and the Practical Role of Moderate and Non-violent Extremist Movements in Combating Jihadist Terrorism Anthony Richards(Ed.), Jihadist Terror New Threats, New Responses London I. B. Tauris Bloomsbury

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  • ML-320 Modern Languages Dissertation Preparation

    This module introduces you to the practice of research and dissertation writing in the field of Modern Languages and will guide you in the first part of your dissertation preparation. Areas covered include: selecting a relevant topic, asking relevant research questions, preparing and writing up a literature review, preparing and writing up a research proposal, research methods and library research tools, making use of foreign-language sources, structuring your dissertation, analysis and argumentation, compiling a bibliography. In addition to lectures and seminars, you will have three meetings with your supervisor. By the end of the module you will have developed your dissertation topic, know what methodology you will use and have acquired knowledge of how to organise and lay out your dissertation. Assessment for the module consists of a literature review, a research proposal and a presentation.

  • ML-321 Modern Languages Dissertation

    This module provides students with the opportunity to research one aspect of French, German, Italian or Hispanic culture in detail, and to present the findings of their research in a dissertation of 8000 words. The module will be taught by means of four practical seminars on research and writing skills, and through three formal supervision sessions with a dissertation supervisor. Your supervisor will help you to find a topic, suggest research strategies, agree a suitable title, discuss the structure of your dissertation, and will read closely and comment on one draft chapter. The topic may relate to a module you are doing at Level 3, provided that this does not involve a duplication of material and is agreed with the module coordinator in advance. The dissertations may be written in English, in your target language, or in Welsh (where Welsh-medium provision is available).

  • MLTM05 Foundations of Translation and Interpreting

    Studying translation involves a number of special skills. They include, for instance, making optimal use of monolingual and bilingual dictionaries, and writing a well-structured commentary explaining your translation strategy or your use of specialized software. There are also some general skills you need, such as setting up a bibliography for a particular topic and formatting your documents to a professional standard. Apart from these skills, this module will also give you some general introductory knowledge of, for instance, the difference between terms and words and the organization of Computer-Assisted Translation tools. Finally, this module will introduce you to basic linguistic concepts and terminology, which you can use in discussing your translation work.

  • MLTM07 Interpreting - Health Option & Introduction to Conference Interpreting

    This module will develop strategies and techniques to perform Sight Translation (L1 into L2 and L2 into L1), Bilateral Consecutive (including Telephone Interpreting), and Simultaneous-Whispering modes of Interpreting. The contexts are Health issues and Current Affairs, covering a selection of topics in the following areas: Structure of the NHS and the equivalent National Health Services in the other countries studied; General Practice, Physiology and Professionals: The Role of the GP & The Role of the Consultants; A&E cases; Diseases: Symptoms, Diagnosis and Prognosis (conditions and diseases of the Circulatory, Digestive, Respiratory, Reproductive and Urinary Systems); Mental Health and Current Affairs related to Health issues of the cultures involved (Language 1 & Language 2). There will be a mixture of lectures on Interpreting Theory, live sessions, and Language Laboratory practical sessions using the latest technology to enhance your learning. The assessment will be an Essay (30%) and a Practical Exam in the Language Laboratory (70%). A wide range of materials will be available on Blackboard to practice the different modes of interpreting in your own time. This module will also prepare you for the Diploma in Public Service Interpreting (Health), examined by the Chartered Institute of Linguists (CIoL). This is optional and will take place in June every year (Registration by February; CIoL fee applies).


  • Technical vs. Ideological Manipulations: The Political Subtitling of Arab Narratives in Media Translation Organisations (current)

    Other supervisor: Prof Andrew Rothwell
    Other supervisor: Dr Salwa El-Awa
  • Examining the Norms of Translating English-Arabic Cultural Items: Case Studies of Translated Literature in Saudi Arabia (current)

    Other supervisor: Dr Lloyd Davies
    Other supervisor: Dr Salwa El-Awa
  • Ideological Manipulations and Gender in Translation: George Orwell’s Animal Farm in Arabic (current)

    Other supervisor: Dr Salwa El-Awa
    Other supervisor: Prof Tom Cheesman
  • The use of Standard and Vernacular Arabic in the dubbing of Disney animated films: a multimodal functionality analysis (current)

    Other supervisor: Prof Andrew Rothwell
    Other supervisor: Dr Salwa El-Awa
  • Exploring the aims of the chapters of the Qur'an through its names in light of the historical context in which it was revealed (current)

    Other supervisor: Prof Martin Stringer
    Other supervisor: Dr Salwa El-Awa
  • Subtitling Islamic Terminology in Documentary Films Broadcasted by Media-Services Providing and Production Companies: a Case Study of Netflix& Amazon Prime (current)

    Other supervisor: Dr Federico Lopez-Terra
    Other supervisor: Dr Salwa El-Awa

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
1998 2015 various academic positions teaching and researching SOAS, University of Birmingham and Ain Shams University in Cairo