Dr. Charif Bahbouh, CSc.
He is an alumni of the Faculty of Arts at the Charles University (in Czech, Arabic and Russian) and the Lomonosov University in Moscow. Mr. Bahbouh is a translator of several well-known works from Czech literature into Arabic (such as Čapek's Mother or The White Plague, Czech stories and fairy tales etc.). He also translated some of the Arabic literature into Czech. Altogether, he is an author or co-author of seventy books.
From 1975 to 2004 he was teaching at the Language School of Prague and also lectured at universities in Prague and Pilsen. In 1990, he has founded the publishing house Dar Ibn Rushd, which has since been translating fiction, dictionaries, encyclopaedias, textbooks of oriental languages and other books focused on the Orient. So far, Dar Ibn Rushd has published 300 titles. In 1997, he read through 200 Arabic manuscripts and assisted in making them available to the general public. In cooperation with the Czech National Library, Albertina Icom Prague and UNESCO, he has published two brochures and a CD entitled The Catalogue of Arabic Manuscripts in Czech and English.
Omar Koleilat is a co-founder of the Crestyl Group. He draws up business strategy, maintains relations with investors and ensures funds. Omar is of Czech-Lebanese origin. He graduated in architecture and holds the British RICS postgraduate diploma in real estate investments. He has been active in the real estate development in Central Europe since 1998.
His leading achievements include cooperation with GE Real Estate in the development worth more than EUR 500 millions and putting together a team of professionals for the residential and commercial real estate market which implemented many highly appreciated projects. Thanks to him the CRESTYL group became a respected market leader with a strong portfolio of projects, including for example lucrative and unique Savarin project, situated in the heart of the Prague metropolis and having a value exceeding EUR 300 millions.
Mgr. Veronika Kramáreková, PhD.
Mgr. Veronika Kramáreková, Ph.D. (1987) works as an assistant professor at the Department of Middle Eastern Studies at the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen, where she also completed her BA and MA. She earned her PhD. also in Pilsen at the Department of Anthropology with her dissertation on "The sociological significance of khat chewing in Yemen".
During her studies, she completed numerous study and research visits in the Middle East and North Africa, namely to Syria, Lebanon, Morocco and Yemen. She currently focuses mostly on teaching Arabic and studying the modern history of Yemen and the Muslim community in the Czech Republic.
Jakub Mazanec studied MA in History and Cultures of Islamic Countries and currently is finishing MA in General History with specialization on Modern History and History of International Relations. He focus on a topic of water resources and their role in the international relations.
Jakub Mazanec studied these issues in historical perspective and also contemporary context especially during his internships at Nordiska Afrika Institut, Uppsala and at Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Czech Republic.
Doc. PhDr. Miloš Mendel, CSc.
Doc. PhDr. Miloš Mendel, CSc. (1952), who has worked for the Oriental Institute of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic for many years and who currently teaches at the Department for the Study of Religions, Masaryk University in Brno. Since 2018, he is also working at the Department of Middle Eastern Studies, University of West Bohemia in Pilsen.
He is mainly focusing on the modern history of the Middle East and the Islamic world, especially the political and cultural history of Islam. Throughout the years, he published numerous articles and studies in both Czech and international journals and authored several publications in Czech, for example an extensive book entitled Wine and Wine Making in the History of Islam (Prague, 2010).
After graduating from a BA in Comparative Religious Studies in Bratislava, Aneta decided to pursue a graduate degree at the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen. The field of Middle Eastern studies is attractive for her mostly because of the study of Islamic culture and Arabic. In her dissertation, she is focusing on a relatively unstudied topic of prophet Muhammad’s medicine.
In 2019, she completed a two-month language course in Oman at the Sultan Qaboos College for Teaching Arabic to Non-Native Speakers. Thanks to this experience, she became familiar with the extraordinary culture of Oman, including its traditional cuisine.
PhDr. Bronislav Ostřanský, PhD.
Dr. Ostřanský graduated from the Arab studies and the history and culture of the Islam countries at the FF of the Charles University in Prague. He also lectured Czech at the university in Cairo. Currently, he works as a researcher at the Orient department of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, where he is interested in classical Islam, sufism, folk religiosity, and the culture of the Islam countries in general.
He published several books and papers, including the Arab Oneirocriticism in the Middle Ages and Present (Arabská oneirokritika ve středověku a v současnosti), and A small Encyclopedia of the Islam and Muslim Society (Malá encyklopedie islámu a muslimské společnosti).
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