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Dr Zouhir Gabsi



Senior Lecturer, Arabic and Islamic Studies


Faculty of Arts and Education


School of Hum & Social Science


Melbourne Burwood Campus


Doctor of Philosophy, University of Western Sydney, 2004
Master of Arts (Applied Linguistics), University of New South Wales, 1996
Bachelor of Arts (Diploma of Education), University of Western Sydney, 1993

+61 3 924 46342


Dr Zouhir Gabsi is a senior lecturer in Arabic and Islamic Studies at Deakin University, Melbourne Australia.  Zouhir Gabsi has wide interests in research including language teaching, minority languages and more recently Islamophobia, Arab Spring, Youth Identity, and Islamic Discourse.

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Research interests

Arabic language and culture


Berber studies

Discourse analysis

Islamic studies

Teaching interests

Arabic language and Culture

Bilingualism and Biculturalism

French language and culture


Knowledge areas

General Linguistics

Applied linguistics

Arabic language and culture

Berber language and culture

Discourse analysis

Islamic Studies

Youth Studies


  •  2004-Title: ‘The Berber language in Tunisia’, presented at ALLA conference.
  •  2005-Title: ‘Testing and Evaluation in non-government schools’. (Chair: Dr Bruno Dibiase)
  •  2009-Title: ‘Bilingual Education in Australia’. Guest lecturer at UWS (Chair: Dr Ruying Qi).
  • 2012-Title: ‘The notion of CASE in MSA’. Guest lecturer at UWS. (Chair: Dr Bruno Dibiase)
  • 2012-Title: ‘Good Teaching Practice’. UWS TILL seminar (Chair: Dr Mustapha Taibi)
  • 2014-Title: ‘Exploring innovative language learning course design: challenges and dilemmas from the arabic for specific purposes pilot course’. Kutching, Malaysia.
  • July 2015-Title: “Educated Youth Identity in Tunisia: Awakened Identity after the Arab Spring. International Symposium - The Arab Exception? Deakin University
  • November 2015-Title, “AN ISLAMIC PERSPECTIVE OF ISLAMOPHOBIA’ Waikato University, New Zealand


2018-Faculty Award For teaching Excellence




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The power of language : Socio-political fracture in Tunisia's post-Arab Spring revolution

Zouhir Gabsi

(2024), Journal of Language and Politics, Amsterdam, Netherlands, C1

journal article

'Les dialectes montagnards' [The mountain dialects]: towards redefining the Berber status and language attitudes in post-Arab Spring Tunisia

Z Gabsi

(2022), Vol. 27, pp. 80-103, Journal of North African Studies, C1

journal article

Tunisian youth as drivers of socio-cultural and political changes: glocality and effacement of cultural memory?

Z Gabsi

(2022), Vol. 49, pp. 537-558, British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Tunisian Youth: Catalyst for Socio-Political Change and Emergence of Identity Politics in post-Arab Spring Tunisia

Zouhir Gabsi

(2022), pp. 1-20, British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article

Tunisian youth: Demands for dignity in the context of challenging socio-political and economic upheaval

Zouhir Gabsi

(2021), pp. 1-10, Orient, Hamburg, Germany, C1

journal article

The language of hip hop and rap in Tunisia: socio-cultural mirror, authenticity tool, and herald of change

Z Gabsi

(2020), Vol. 25, pp. 545-571, Journal of North African studies, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article

Rap and Mizoued Music: Claiming a Space for Dissent and Protest in Post-Arab Spring Tunisia

Z Gabsi

(2020), Vol. 25, pp. 626-643, Sociological Research Online, C1

journal article

Writing in Arabic as a foreign language (AFL): towards finding a balance between translation dependency and creative writing

Zouhir Gabsi

(2020), Vol. 11, pp. 532-542, Journal of language teaching and research, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Tunisia's youth: awakened identity and challenges post-Arab Spring

Z Gabsi

(2019), British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article

Towards demystifying Islamophobia: A Muslim's perspective

Zouhir Gabsi

(2019), Vol. 4, pp. 1-18, Australian Journal of Islamic Studies, Auburn, N.S.W., C1

journal article

Islamic perspective on Islamophobia: from misconceptions to reason

Z Gabsi

(2018), pp. 103-118, New horizons in philosophy and sociology, Frankfurt, Germany, B1

book chapter

Trials and tribulations of Sla framework in designing Arabic courses for speakers of other languages

Z Gabsi, A Hamad, F Patel

(2015), Vol. 2, pp. 13-21, Journal of education and e-learning research, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, C1

journal article

Response to Islamophobia in the Arabic Islamic discourse: a critical discourse analysis

Z Gabsi

(2015), Vol. 23, pp. 229-254, Intellectual discourse, Selangor, Malaysia, C1

journal article

A concise grammar of the Berber language of Douiret (Southern Tunisia)

Z Gabsi

(2013), Saarbrücken, Germany, A1


Attrition and maintenance of the Berber language in Tunisia

Z Gabsi

(2011), Vol. 2011, pp. 135-164, International journal of the sociology of language, Berlin, Germany, C1-1

journal article

Funded Projects at Deakin

Other Public Sector Funding

Democracy Consolidation in Tunisia - Building Capacity among Youth Leaders

Prof Fethi Mansouri, Dr Amanuel Elias, Dr Zouhir Gabsi

DFAT Council for Australian-Arab Relations - Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

  • 2017: $30,000


Associate Supervisor

Maram Qasim

Thesis entitled: Perceptions of the rhetoric of humour in mediated Islamic discourse: A critical discourse study

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education