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Khadidja Arfi


Department of Anthropology


Phone: 352 332-4998

Office Location: 364B Turlington Hall

Areas of Specialization: Religion, Islam, Culture, Anthropology of Sectarianism, Anthropology of ethnicity and ethnic conflicts, Muslim societies in the world, Anthropology of colonialism/postcolonialism

Khadidja Arfi Ph.D. is currently an adjunct lecturer at the Anthropology Department, University of Florida. She earned a Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology in May 2014 from the University of Florida, Dissertation title: Algerians Remember: An Oral History of French Colonial Encounter. She earned a Master’s in August 2008 from the University of Florida. Thesis title: Languages of Algerian Diaspora in the USA: A Comparative Study with Algerian Diaspora in France.

Khadidja Arfi’s research interests revolve around Anthropology of Islam and Muslim societies; North African and Middle Eastern cultures in the age of globalization; contemporary Muslim women’s perspective of Islamic texts and its impact on daily life and law; Identity formation among Arab and Muslim communities in the USA; sectarian conflicts within Muslim societies (shi‘a/sunni/sufi) and the importance of reconciliation in facing contemporary events; oral history and oral tradition methodologies.

Selected Publications

Book Chapters

Khadidja Arfi, 2013. “The Algerian Diaspora in the United States: Dynamics of Language,” in: Engaging the Diaspora: Migration and African Families. Pauline A. Uwakweh, Ph.D., Jerono P. Rotich, Ph.D., Comfort O. Okpala, Ed.D (Eds). (Rowman and Littlefield: Lexington Books).


Khadidja Arfi, 2009. Languages of Algerian Diaspora. (LAP Lambert Academic Publishing)