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Dr Mohamed Ahmed is a Research Associate at the Unit, working mainly on the Arabic and Judaeo-Arabic fragments, focusing on the non-Jewish literature preserved in the Cairo Genizah.  

He studied Semitic languages and Modern Hebrew language and literature at Mansoura University, Egypt, where he graduated with Master’s degree in modern Hebrew studies in 2010. He then went on to complete a DAAD funded PhD at Leipzig University, Germany, in 2015. His dissertation focused on Arabic use in nine Hebrew novels written between the 1950s and 2010s by three Iraqi Jewish authors. In 2016, he was granted a research stipend from the Thyssen Stiftung Foundation to work on a postdoc project entitled: "Code-switching in Religious, Secular and Philosophic Judaeo-Arabic Texts" at the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany.

His research interests lie in the areas of bilingualism, sociolinguistic variation between Arabic and Hebrew, code-switching in modern Hebrew and medieval Judaeo-Arabic texts, the typology of written code-switching and Ottoman Arabic.

Key Publications


2019  The Use of Arabic in Modern Hebrew Texts. Edinburgh University Press.

2018  Iraqi Jews: From Baghdad to Exile [in Arabic], Cairo: EMDCO Press


Selected Journal Articles and Book Chapters

2018 ‘An Initial Survey of Arabic Poetry in the Cairo Genizah’. In Al-Masāq 30 (2), pp. 212–233.

2018 ­‘XML Annotation of Hebrew Elements in Judaeo-Arabic Texts’, Journal of Jewish Languages 6, pp. 221–242.

2018 ‘Codes across languages: on the translation of literary Code-Switching’, In Multilingua, 37 (5), pp. 483–514.

2017 ‘From Tuscany to Egypt: 18th-c. Arabic letters in the Prize Paper Collections’ (with Esther-Miriam Wagner), Journal of Semitic Studies 62/2. 389–412.

2016 ‘Arabic codes in Hebrew texts: on the typology of literary code-switching’. Journal of Jewish Languages 4 (2), pp. 203–230.

2016 ‘Two Languages, One Text: Cultural Translation in Iraqi Jewish Fiction’, in A. Engelhardt et al. (eds.): “Ein Paradigma der Moderne”, 221–235, Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht.


Electronic Resources

Fragment of the month, March 2018: T-S Ar.37.127: Judaeo-Arabic Poetry in the Cairo Genizah.

Fragment of the month, December 2017: T-S Ar. 51.86a: Shi‘ite and Karaite – a Fatimid Mélange.