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January 2017

Divine Priestesses: The Ptolemaic Queens in the Egyptian and Hellenistic Cults

January 19 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The Ptolemaic kings and queens were not only venerated as synnaoi theoi (‘temple-sharing gods’) in the Egyptian temples and received various cults of their own (including the Hellenistic and Egyptian ruler cults), but they also served as priests and priestesses themselves. In the ancient Egyptian understanding, the king was per definitionem the high priest. This lecture will focus on the queens serving as priestesses, both in the Hellenistic and the Egyptian contexts, and analyse how these two worlds were possibly…

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Sea Peoples and Neo-Hittites in the ‘Land of Palistin’: Recent Discoveries at Tayinat on the Orontes

January 12 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Recent archaeological discoveries have begun to challenge the prevailing view of the Early Iron Age (ca. 1200-900 BCE) as an era of cultural devolution and ethnic strife, or a ‘Dark Age’, in the eastern Mediterranean, as depicted in the Homeric epics and the Hebrew Bible. This illustrated talk will highlight the exciting discoveries of the University of Toronto’s ongoing excavations at ancient Tayinat. TIMOTHY HARRISON (University of Toronto) Cosponsored by the UCLA Department of Near Eastern Languages & Cultures UCLA…

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December 2016

Two Book Talks by Ghobad Fakhimi and Fredun Hojabri

December 4, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Two Book Talks in Persian Ghobad Fakhimi received his BS as a petroleum engineer in 1956. He later attended the Abadan Institute of Technology and Columbia University, where he studied advanced chemical engineering. He then worked for NIOC, first as a plant operator, retiring as a member of the Board of Directors. Upon retirement, Fakhimi founded Independent International Consultants (IIC) through which he provided counsel and analysis for different international oil and engineering companies. His book Thirty Years Iran Oil not only chronicles the life of Ghobad Fakhimi but…

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New Light on the Egyptian Origin of the Hebrew Alphabet

December 1, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - December 2, 2016 @ 5:00 pm

The publication of a new inscription from Theban Tomb 99 sheds new light on the early history of the Hebrew Alphabet.  This ostracon is a bilingual “abecedary” written in Egyptian Hieroglyphic and Semitic.  It gives further evidence for an Egyptian connection to the origins of the early Hebrew alphabet. Sponsored by the UCLA Near Eastern Languages & Cultures Cosponsored by the UCLA Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies UCLA College of Humanities Kershaw Chair of Ancient Eastern Mediterranean Studies Cotsen Institute…

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November 2016

New Methods in the Study of the Qur’an

November 28, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

The date and provenance of the Qur’an, as with all the literary sources for early Islamic history, have been the subject of scholarly disagreement for decades. So have the questions of whether the Qur’an had one author or multiple authors, and whether the suras are random mishmashes of verses from different periods or somewhat coherent textual units. The field has been ripe for the application of new methods as a way out of the various deadlocks. This presentation gives an…

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The Arabic Freud: Psychoanalysis and Islam in Modern Egypt

November 10, 2016 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Presented by Omnia El Shakry, Associate Professor of History at UC Davis What might it mean to think through psychoanalysis and Islam together, not as a problem, but as a creative encounter of ethical engagement? Traversing literatures minor and major, Omnia El Shakry shows how postwar thinkers in Egypt translated and blended psychoanalytic theories with classical Islamic concepts. El Shakry explores how Freudian ideas of the unconscious were crucial to the formation of modern discourses of subje ctivity in fields…

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2015: Discourse on the Armenian Condition

November 10, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

A lecture by Seta B. Dadoyan (Independent scholar) Thursday, November 10, 2016 4:00 PM 10383 Bunche Hall UCLA The talk, based on her recently published bilingual volume  The Armenian Condition in Hindsight and Foresight: A Discourse, (Ontario: 2015) will focus on the basic arguments in support of the “peculiarities”, which define the Armenian condition and through which Dadoyan runs a critical assessment of it in hindsight and foresight, combining rather than separating the poles and methods of philosophy and social sciences.…

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October 2016

Islam and Muslims in an Age of ISIS and Islamophobia

October 29, 2016 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

with Professor Omid Safi Director, Islamic Studies Center Duke University A public event sponsored by the UCLA Islamic Studies-MRI Fund Co-sponsored by the Center for Near Eastern Studies (CNES) and the Center for the Study of Religion (CSR) Fifteen years after the horrific attacks of 9/11, the American Muslim community and the American democratic experiment both find themselves in a perilous state. No American community is viewed with more hostility and negativity. On one hand the community has had to perpetually defend itself against…

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Lunch Time Lecture of Egyptian Ministry Members

October 21, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Ancient China in Comparative Perspective: An Afternoon of Papers in Honor of Professor Li Ling

October 10, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm

3:00-3:10: David Schaberg – Introduction 3:10-3:40: Anthony Barbieri-Low (UCSB) – The Tombs of Scribes in Early Imperial China and Ancient Egypt in a Comparative Perspective 3:40-4:20: Rahim Shayegan (UCLA) – Nugae sino-persicae: On Early Chinese-Persian Encounters 4:20-4:50: Guolong Lai (University of Florida) – Methods of Decipherment in Chinese Paleography in Comparative Perspective 4:50-5:20: Li Min (UCLA) – Sources of Geographic Knowledge in the Legendary Landscape of the “Yugong” 5:20-5:50: Lothar von Falkenhausen (UCLA) – Bronze Age China and West Asia:…

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