Senior Lecturer and Language Coordinator in Arabic
Office: S-315 Callaway Center
Rkia Elaroui Cornell is a native of Morocco. She obtained degrees in Secondary Education and Foreign-Language Pedagogy at the Regional Normal School in Meknès, Morocco, before completing an eight-year contract as a tenured language teacher with the Moroccan Ministry of Education. After moving to the United States, she worked as an interpreter for the UCLA Medical Center and the Superior Court of Los Angeles County, California. She served as Assistant Professor of the Practice of Arabic at Duke University from 1991 to 2000, and as Research Associate Professor of Arabic Studies at the University of Arkansas from 2000 to 2006. She completed her doctoral dissertation in the Faculty of Theology at the Free University of Amsterdam. Professor Cornell has given numerous lectures and conference presentations on the subjects of Qur'anic exegesis, women in Islam, and language pedagogy. In 1999, she published Early Sufi Women, a translation of "Dhikr an-niswa al-muta'abbidat as-Sufiyyatt" by the eleventh-century Persian mystic Abu 'Abd ar-Rahman al-Sulami. She is currently preparing a book on the quintessential Muslim woman saint Rabi'a al-'Adawiyya, an advanced reader in pre-modern Arabic literature, and an Arabic edition of Abu 'Abd al- Rahman al-Sulami's Quran commentary, Haqa'iq al-tafsir.