Arabic News

NELC graduate student, Brooke Baker, makes remarkable finds in UCLA’s “Encountering Arabic Manuscripts” course with Professor Luke Yarbrough

Published: September 26, 2022

The Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures is proud to share the news that while studying an untitled text as part of UCLA’s “Encountering Arabic Manuscipts” course,  Brooke Baker, NELC graduate student, discovered that it contained a work by by Abd al-Wahhab al-Sha’rani, the 16th-century mystic and scholar who founded an Egyptian order of…

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Arabic Language Lecturer

Published: May 15, 2020

The Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at UCLA is seeking a part-time Lecturer to teach Elementary Arabic and an Arabic-language pedagogy course during the 2020-2021 academic year. A Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages, Applied Linguistics, or a closely related field is required. Duties include supervision of graduate teaching assistants in Elementary Arabic. Degree…

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Impostures on the Groks Science Podcast

Published: May 4, 2020

This week NELC Professor Michael Cooperson appeared on the Groks Science Podcast to discuss Impostures, his new translation of the Maqāmāt of al-Ḥarīrī. He explains what makes the original Maqāmāt so distinctive in Arabic and talks about his unique approach to translating the work, as well as what his favorite Impostures are. Click below to listen to…

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UCLA Subtitle Project

Published: April 16, 2019

The UCLA Subtitle Project, sponsored by the UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies, has recently launched a video captioning service on English and Arabic websites. The goal of this project is to teach students how to understand and translate spoken language while also helping filmmakers, journalists, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) reach a broader audience.  The…

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Molly Courtney Wins CASA Fellowship

Published: June 21, 2018

Molly Courtney, a PhD student of modern Arabic literature in the NELC department, has received a fellowship from the Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA). As a CASA fellow, she will pursue intensive advanced Arabic language and culture study at the American University in Cairo in Cairo, Egypt from September 2018 to May 2019. The…

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Recent PhD Graduate Receives Coveted Postdoc at Brown University

Published: November 28, 2017

Recent graduate, Levi Thompson, receives 2017 – 2018 Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at Brown University’s Pembroke Center. Dr. Thompson is the Artemis A.W. and Martha Joukowsky Postdoctoral Fellow at Brown University’s Pembroke Center and a member of the Pembroke Seminar organized by Leela Gandhi on the topic “The Cultures of Pacifism.” Along with participating in the…

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UCLA Recruitment: Assistant Professor in Early Judaism

Published: August 1, 2017

The Department of Near Eastern Languages & Cultures at the University of California, Los Angeles, announces a search for a tenure-track position in early Judaism at the rank of Assistant Professor to be filled effective July 1, 2018. Applications are invited from scholars with research and teaching interests in the cultures (especially 2nd Temple Judaism)…

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Professor Cooperson wins the Sheikh Hamad Award for Translation

Published: December 14, 2016

Join us in congratulating Professor Michael Cooperson on winning the Sheikh Hamad Award for Translation. Last year, the prize’s debut, awards were given for Arabic to and from English, Arabic to and from Turkish, and an “Achievement Award.” This year, the prizes were between Arabic and English, Arabic and Spanish, and there were three Achievement Awards. According to the Sheikh…

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