Olav Gjertsen Ørum

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Visiting address Niels Henrik Abels vei 36 P. A. Munchs hus 0371 OSLO
Postal address Postboks 1010 Blindern 0315 OSLO
Other affiliations Faculty of Humanities (Student)

Academic interests

Arabic, Hebrew, Semitic languages, Judaeo-Arabic, Islam, Sociolinguistics.

The dissertation is a sociolinguistic study of selected Judaeo-Arabic prophetic legends from Cairo in late medieval times.


Hebrew Speaking Observer with the Temporary International Presence in Hebron (TIPH), 2014.

Master’s degree, Asian and African Studies at the University of Oslo, 2014. Program: Semitic language and linguistics.

Bachelor’s degree, Culture and social science at the University of Oslo, 2012. Program: Linguistics, Arabic and Hebrew.

PhD project

"Written and spoken Judaeo-Arabic in 19th and 20th-century Cairo. A linguistic study of the native Jews of Ḥārit il-Yahūd" (pdf) 

Tags: Arabic, Hebrew, Semitic, Judaeo-Arabic, Sociolinguistics, Islam, Middle East, Egypt, CIMS


  • Ørum, Olav Gjertsen (2017). Migrated Features from Ancient Yemen and North Africa, and Vestiges of a Pre-Modern Cairene Arabic Variety, In Nora Sunniva Eggen & Rana Issa (ed.),  Philologists in the World: A Festschrift in Honour of Gunvor Mejdell.  Novus Forlag.  ISBN 978-82-7099-904-0.  Article.  s 89 - 118 Full text in Research Archive.

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  • Ørum, Olav Gjertsen (2017). ᵓUṣṣit il-Gumguma or 'The Story of the Skull' With Parallel Versions, Translation and Linguistic Analysis of Three 19th-century Judaeo-Arabic Manuscripts from Egypt. Supplemented with Arabic Transliteration. Brill Academic Publishers.  ISBN 978-90-04-34562-1.  207 s.

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Published Feb. 16, 2015 11:38 AM - Last modified Mar. 5, 2018 2:42 PM