El-Said Badawi

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El-Said Badawi
El-Nakhas, Zagazig, Sharqiyya Governorate, Egypt
DiedMarch 16, 2016(2016-03-16) (aged 86–87)[1]
Alma materCairo University, University of London
OccupationLinguist, scholar

El-Said Badawi (El-Saʿīd Muḥammad Badawī) (السعيد محمد بدوي) was a scholar and linguist and author of many works, both in English and in Arabic, dealing with various aspects of the Arabic language.[2]

Having learned the Qur'an by the age of ten in his village, El-Nakhas, Sharqiyya Governorate, he attended Al-Azhar University for his secondary schooling. He received a B.A. in Arabic Language & Literature and Islamic Studies from Cairo University, an M.A. in General Linguistics and Phonetics from the University of London, and his Ph.D. in Experimental Phonetics from the University of London.[3]

After obtaining his Ph.D. Badawi briefly taught linguistics at the University of Cairo, then began teaching Arabic literature and linguistics at Omdurman University in Sudan,[4] and moved to the American University in Cairo in 1969, where he became the Curriculum Advisor for the Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA) in 1970.[5]

Badawi's wide-ranging interests included colloquial Egyptian Arabic, classical Arabic as found in the Qur'an, and the teaching of Arabic as a foreign language. In the field of sociolinguistics, perhaps Badawi's best known work is Mustawayāt al-ʻArabīyah al-muʻāṣirah fī Miṣr (Levels of Contemporary Arabic in Egypt) wherein he challenges the traditional simplistic dichotomy of Classical and Colloquial Arabic, proposing instead a more subtle analysis involving several levels of usage.[6][7]



  • An intonational study of colloquial Riyadhi Arabic. 1965 (Ph.D. thesis)
  • A comprehensive study of Egyptian Arabic. 1978 (coauthored with E.T. Abdel-Massih et al.)
  • A reference grammar of Egyptian Arabic. 1979 (coauthored with E.T. Abdel-Massih et al.)
  • A comprehensive study of Egyptian Arabic 2. Proverbs and metaphoric expressions 1981 (coauthored with E.T. Abdel-Massih et al.)
  • A dictionary of Egyptian Arabic : Arabic-English. 1986 (coauthored with M. Hinds)
  • Sultan Qaboos encyclopedia of Arab names 2, Treasury of Arab Names, in four volumes. 1991 (coauthored with M. Al-Zubair)
  • Modern written Arabic : a comprehensive grammar. 2002
  • Arabic-English dictionary of Qur'anic usage. 2007


  • Mustawayāt al-ʻArabīyah al-muʻāṣirah fī Miṣr : baḥth fī ʻalāqat al-lughah bi-al-ḥaḍārah. 1973
  • Muʻjam asmāʼ al-ʻArab. 1991
  • Dalīl aʻlām ʻUmān. 1991
  • al-Kitāb al-asāsī fī taʻlīm al-lughah al-ʻArabīyah li-ghayr al-nāṭiqīn bi-hā. 2006
  • Buḥūth lughawīyah wa-tarbawīyah fī qaḍāyā al-ʻArabīyah al-muʻāṣirah wa-mushkilātihā. 2015

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Al-Shamsan, Ibrahim (26 March 2016). "السعيد محمد بدوي". Al-Jazirah (in Arabic). Retrieved 6 September 2018.
  2. ^ فاروق شوشة (2014) السعيد بدوي: عالم من طراز نادر
  3. ^ "Sign In". archive-edu.com. Retrieved 2017-10-27.
  4. ^ White, Lisa (2014) El-Said Badawi
  5. ^ Bellis, Jeffrey (2009). Appeal for Arabic AUCToday, Fall 2009.
  6. ^ Although this work has not yet been translated into English Badawi explains briefly his classification of levels in his article Educated spoken Arabic: A problem in teaching Arabic as a foreign language in Jankowsky, Kurt R. (Ed.). (1985) Scientific and Humanistic Dimensions of Language. Amsterdam: J. Benjamins. ISBN 9027220131. Pages 15-22.
  7. ^ see also Sayahi, Lotfi (2014) Diglossia and Language Contact: Language Variation and Change in North Africa. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9781139867078. Pages 59-60. and Paulson, Christina (1988) International Handbook of Bilingualism and Bilingual Education. New York: Greenwood Press. ISBN 9780313244841. Pages 52-53.