The gulf war and its aftermath will be part of discussions during Arab Awareness Week at Brigham Young University Tuesday through Friday, April 2-5.

Two natives of Palestine, Naseer Aruri and Edmund Ghareeb, will speak near the end of the week, and BYU faculty members with experience in the Middle East will appear at the beginning.Dilworth Parkinson, associate professor of Asian and Near Eastern languages, will explain "The Arabic Language Today" at 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 3, in 238 Clark Building. Parkinson is a sociolinguist, meaning he studies the relationship between language and society. He spent several months in 1989-90 conducting research in Egypt as a Fulbright Scholar.

Aruri, professor of political science at Southeastern Massachusetts University, will offer "A Palestinian View on the Gulf War and its Aftermath on the Palestinians" at 11 a.m. Thursday., April 4, in 238 Clark Building. Born in Jerusalem, Aruri is the author of "Occupation: Israel Over Palestine" and many other books and journal articles. He is a three-term board member of Amnesty International and a founding member of the Association of Arab-American University Graduates.

Ghareeb is a specialist on the Middle East and media relations. He will discuss the "Arab Image in American Media" at noon Friday, April 5., in 238 Clark Building. Ghareeb has written several books, including "Split Vision" and "The Kurdish Question and Iraq." He taught at universities in the Middle East and at the University of Virginia and George Washington University in the United States.