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.
Marek Čejka graduated from law and politics. He has visited the Middle East many times, had an internship at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 2001-2002 and researched American Judaism and Islam at Hartford Seminary in Connecticut in 2014. He is currently working at Mendel University and Military History Institute Prague and also lectures at several other universities.
He has published many articles and several books: Judaism and Israeli politics (2002, 2009), Israel and Palestine (2005), Encyclopaedia of Middle Eastern Terrorism (2007), History of Modern Israel (2011), People of the Holy Lands (2012)and also co-authored Rabbis of our time (2010) with Roman Kořan, which was also published by Routledge. He also has a blog at:http://blizky-vychod.blogspot.com
Petr Felčer studied intercultural communication and Arabic studies at the Faculty of Arts, Charles University. He completed study stays at the Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations (INALCO) in Paris and Kuwait University. He does translations from French and Arabic, teaches languages and works as an editor of the Atlas of the Contemporary World project (until 2019 Online Encyclopedia of Migration).
Within the frame of Arabic, he focuses mainly on the study of Levantine dialects.
PhDr. Lukáš Goga, DiS.
Lukáš Goga graduated from the international affairs and diplomacy in Prague and consequently focused on the Near East problematic at the FF ZČU in Pilsen, where he graduated from the cultural anthropology of the Near East. In the last years he worked as a correspondent of the Právo journal in Syria and cooperated with some foreign media agencies. He is regularly spending his time in countries of Near East for the last few years, especially in the area of Maschriq.
Mohamed Hassan comes from the province of Qualiobia north of Cairo, he graduated from Czech studies at Ain Shams University and works there as an assistant of Czech. He has also finished master degree at the Institute of Czech Studies at Charles University and he is currently studying a doctor program at the Institute of Czech Language and Theory of Communication at the Charles University in Prague. He also works as a teacher of standard and spoken Arabic language.
Between 2001 and 2016, Lumír Honzík worked as the Managing Director of the Astronomical Observatory and Planetarium Pilsen. He is currently the head of the Pilsen branch of the Observatory in Rokycany and Plzeň (HvRaP), where he also works as a professional. He is in charge of education programs for schools, mobile planetarium, promotion activities, astronomical extracurricular activities etc.
He is also member of the statewide Executive Committee of the Czech Astronomical Association (ČAS) as well as member of the Western Bohemian branch of the ČAS. For many years he has been a professor as well as an expert guarantor for the courses “Introduction to Astronomy” and “Introduction to Meteorology and Climatology” at the University of the Third Age (U3V), itself part of the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen. He teaches at the U3V in Pilsen, Sokolov and Klatovy, previously in Tachov as well.
Ján Husár je slovenský válečný fotograf, dokumentární producent a koordinátor lékařských misii ve východní Africe. Spolupracoval s kanály History, CNN a Al Jazeera. V roce 2017 získal cenu čtenářů časopisu Lidé a Země a v roce 2019 cenu Úřadu Vysokého komisaře OSN pro uprchlíky (UNHCR) v soutěži Czech Press Photo.
Nominován byl také na Novinářskou cenu Nadace Open Society (OSF), obdržel cenu Nejlepší mezinárodní film o novodobém otroctví 2017 (Unchosen Modern Slavery Award). Drží také nominace v Prix de la Photographie Paris (PX3), Slideluck Manilla, Tokyo International Photo Awards a Slovak Press Photo.
Petra Kešeláková is a third-year student of Arabic Studies / History and Culture of Islamic Countries at the Faculty of Arts, Charles University. During her studies, she found a hobby, which is the culture and history of Egypt, so she would like to deal with this topic through poetry in her future bachelor's thesis. Besides being a student, she is a member of the Majlis student association and also takes part in the Arab non-theatre (Arabské nedivadlo).
A Middle Eastern Studies program of the Faculty of Arts, UWB, graduate and currently a PhD student at the Department of Modern History of the same faculty. He has been traveling to the Middle East continuously since 2015. He studied Arabic at institutes in Lebanon, Egypt, Oman and a university in Sudan. He completed a semester stay at the University of Marrakesh.
Mgr. Veronika Kramáreková, PhD.
Mgr. Veronika Kramáreková, Ph.D. (1987) works in the Integration Centre Prague as an intercultural worker for Arab community. Before that she was for eight years 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.
Nora Noor is a Moroccan-French photographer and feminist activist who has worked for Arab women's associations and women's organizations in Brussels and Paris. Her current interests focus on the relationship between representations of women in public space and violence against women.
Doc. PhDr. František Ondráš, Ph.D.
A literature researcher focused on Arabian literature and a lecturer of the Arabic. Mr. Ondráš graduated from the Orient - Arab studies at the FF of the Charles University (CU) in Prague. He worked as a lecturer of Czech in Cairo from 1990 to 1995. Currently, he lectures at the Near East and Africa Department of the FF CU leading courses of practical Arabic and its Egyptian dialect.
He is interested in literature science, literature critics focused on modern Arabic written prose and translations. He is the author of several publications, e.g. Modern Egyptian prose in 80's and 90's (Moderní egyptská próza v osmdesátých a devadesátých letech dvacátého století), Egyptian spoken Arabic (Egyptská hovorová arabština), An autobiographic narrative document in the works of the Egyptian author Sun´alláh Ibráhím (Autobiografický narativní dokument v díle egyptského autora Sun´alláha Ibráhíma) and The picture of the old Egypt in modern Egyptian prose (Obraz starého Egypta v moderní egyptské próze).
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).
Mgr. Adéla Provazníková studied Arabic and Czech studies at the Faculty of Arts of Charles University. As part of her PhD studies at the same university, she deals with the issue of translation from European languages into Arabic during the Arab Renaissance, especially in Egypt. At the Department of the Middle East, she also works as an Arabic language teacher and organizes performances of the Arab Non-Theatre group.
She is interested in modern and contemporary Arabic prose, methods of teaching the Arabic language and the specifics of translation from / into Arabic. She completed a number of study stays abroad in Tunisia, Egypt, Oman and France.
Jakub Szántó joined TV news as a reporter of TV Nova in 1999. In 2006, he changed for Czech Television, where he continues to specialise in the Middle East. He is a laureate of the 2014 Journalist Award for news coverage of the Maidan Revolution in Ukraine, and the most prestigious journalist Peroutka Award for 2017. He took his degree from the Faculty of Social Sciences of Charles University and the Central European University in Budapest.
He graduated with a doctorate in modern history. He received the Magnesia Litera 2019 Award for his literary debut Za oponou války (Behind the Curtain of War), in which he describes his personal experiences of wars, coups and revolutions. In his second book Z Izrastiny s láskou (From Israstine With Love), the experienced reporter confesses his deep affection for Israel, Palestine and their citizens, history, culture and nature. Using outstanding stories, a colourful description of a quarter-century of oriental experiences and a description of the historical context, he seeks to break down the sometimes schematic perception of this troubled region. Readers can also enjoy the distinctive sarcastic and self-ironizing tone of his writing, together with a rich appendix of the pictures he has collected over the years of his life and work in the Orient.
Karolína Švandová has been studying Arabic and history at the Faculty of Arts of Charles University for four years. In her studies, she focuses on the older history of the Middle East. Besides being a student, she is also involved in the student associations Majlis and FFabula, takes part in the Arab non-theatre (Arabské nedivadlo) and in the last year, she has also begun to collaborate with the student magazine Obscura.
She is not yet the author of any academic work and so far she only works at the Department of Middle Eastern Studies as an assistant librarian, but she is definitely planning to do something about it in the future.
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