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Where in the Arab world abortion is legal? (1) Posted by on Aug 29, 2018 in Arabic Language, Culture, Current Affairs, Film, Language, Vocabulary

Abortion الإجهاض  is often a hot topic and is quite controversial جدلي , particularly in Islamic countries and reserved societies المجتمعات المحافظة . Abortion is not a straightforward procedure إجراء in most countries of the world particularly in the Arab world. Arabic countries different in the extent to which they allow abortion to take place. In today’s post, we are going to highlight the story of an Arab lady who went through abortion many times, and in a totally legal قانونية way. Salma lives in an Arabic country where abortion is the least restricted مقيّد and is considered legal. Where do you think Salma is from? You will find out in this blog post.

From Pexels

In the first part of this blog post, we’re going to listen to a short clip (see below) in standard Arabic and then learn some of the important phrases that are used in the clip. You can also check your level of understanding by trying to answer a list of questions.

قم بتوصيل الكلمات العربية بما يرادفها بالإنجليزية

Match the Arabic words with their English counterparts


Nick name/pseudonym

تتعرّض للضرب

The capital city



تعزف عن (تمتنع عن)

will get better/improve

طفل في الحرام (لقيط)

to abstain from

اسم مستعار




موانع الحمل

would like to


be beaten/abused


we got divorced

غير قادرين على

in case



في حال

unable to





عاطلة عن العمل




مؤسسات حكومية

government institutions





من أين بلد سلمى؟

كم مرة أجهضت سلمى؟

متى كانت آخر مرة أجهضت فيها سلمى؟

كم عمر ابنتها؟

ما لذي يمنع سلمى من الإنجاب؟

ما هو نوع هذه الخلافات؟

هل لازالت سلمى متزوجة؟

كيف هي علاقة سلمى بالرجل الذي تعيش معه حالياً؟

هناك ثلاث أسباب دفعت بسلمى إلى الإجهاض، ما هي؟


لماذا لا تستطيع سلمى أن تتزوج من الرجل الذي تحبه؟


هل يمكن لفتاة تبلغ من العمر ١٩ عشر عاماً أن تجهض في تونس؟


ما هو الحد الأقصى لعمر الجنين (عند الإجهاض) الذي يسمح به القانون التونسي؟

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About the Author: Hanan Ben Nafa

Hi, this is Hanan :) I'm an Arabic linguist. I completed my PhD in Linguistics at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2018. My PhD thesis was entitled Code-switching as an evaluative strategy: identity construction among Arabic-English bilinguals in Manchester and is available at I am currently working as a Public Service interpreter and translator.