Islamic Studies News

Postcards from UCLA Library Special Collections’ on Exhibit

Published: May 25, 2022

The Near Eastern Languages and Cultures department is proud to share Encountering Arabic Manuscripts, an exhibition in which eight graduate students in Arabic 275 identified a noteworthy aspect of a manuscript with which they were working to create an exhibit artifact. The ‘Postcards from UCLA Library Special Collections’ are a collaborative project that revolves around UCLA’s…

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Dr. Luke Yarbrough Short-Listed for 2020 British-Kuwait Friendship Society Book Prize

Published: November 30, 2020

We are proud to announce that Dr. Luke Yarbrough has been awarded one of the two runner up prizes in this year’s British-Kuwait Friendship Society Book Prize for his recent book, Friends of the Emir: Non-Muslim State Officials in Premodern Islamic Thought (Cambridge University Press). All are invited to attend the Award Ceremony on December…

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Luke Yarbrough Wins 2019 Al-Masāq Article Prize

Published: July 10, 2019

NELC Assistant Professor Luke Yarbrough has been awarded the 2019 Al-Masāq Article Prize for his article “A Christian Shi’i, and Other Curious Confreres: Ibn ʿAbd al-Barr on Getting Along with Unbelievers,” published in al-Masāq in 2018. The prize was awarded for the best article in 2017 and 2018. Past awardees of this prize can be…

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Welcome to Catherine Bonesho & Luke Yarbrough

Published: May 9, 2018

We are pleased to welcome Catherine Bonesho and Luke Yarbrough to the department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures effective July 1st. Catherine is our new Early Judaism hire, and Luke is our new Islamic Studies hire. Both of these incoming scholars work on cross-cultural connections through space and time and will add great depth…

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Professor Ismail Receives 25th World Award for Book of the Year in Iran

Published: January 8, 2018

Professor Ismail K. Poonawala’s  book entitled “Sciences of the Soul and Intellect, Part III; An Arabic Critical Edition and English Translation of Epistles 39-41” co-authored with Carmela Baffioni, and published by the Oxford University Press, 2017, has been selected for an award at the 25th World Award for Book of the Year in Iran.

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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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