F. (Farit) Gafarov

  • PhD student
  • Middle Eastern Studies

PhD research

Pre- and Early Islamic Sources of the Qur’ ā nic Language [Arabic linguistics]

Supervisors: Dr. Ahmad Al-Jallad and prof. dr. Petra Sijpesteijn

Research questions: Are there any similarities between the Qur’ānic language and Pre-Islamic epigraphy? To what extent is the theory of linguistic similarity between the Qur’ānic text and Pre-Islamic epigraphy tenable in comparison with other theories on the provenance of the Qur’ānic language?

Research method: Comparative historical and linguistic analysis.


2012-2013: MA in Middle Eastern Studies, Arabic Studies, Leiden University
2020-2007: Diploma degree (specialist) in Oriental Studies with distinction, Specialization: Arabic Studies, Chelyabinsk State University, Russia

February-May 2013: The University of Amsterdam (UvA), the Netherlands Supplementary education: General Linguistics (MA level).
February-March 2007: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Department of the Middle East and North Africa, Division of Iraq and Jordan, Internship.
July-August 2004, January-March 2006: Fajr Center for the Arabic Language, Cairo, Egypt. Courses of the Arabic language and Egyptian dialect.

July 2011 – at present: INSI JSC, Chief of International Cooperation Department, Chelyabinsk, Russia.
July 2009-July 2011: INSI JSC, Interpreter-translator of Arabic, English and Russian, Chelyabinsk, Russia.

Spoken languages

Russian (native)
Arabic (Professional level, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation)
English (IELTS 7.0, British Language Training Centre B.V., Oxford House, Amsterdam, the Netherlands)

Academic Interests

Arabic Linguistics
Comparative Semitics
Linguistic Features of the Qur’ān

Last Modified: 11-12-2015