NELC News

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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Sacred Kingship

Published: June 28, 2019

Fall Quarter SEPT 23-DEC 13 Sacred Kingship Rolfe Hall 3108 9:30am – 10:45am Tuesday & Thursday Take Ancient Near East 177, and you will: Discuss the connection between kingship and religion Analyze the methods used to create a living god on earth, a walking talking contradiction Learn about the how a system that concentrates absolute…

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Chloe Landis Wins Morgan H, Harris, Jr. Endowed Scholarship

Published: May 16, 2019

Chloe Landis, a Departmental Scholar in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, pursuing a masters degree in Egyptology with an emphasis on Egyptian art, has received the 2019-2020 Morgan H, Harris, Jr. Endowed Scholarship for College Honors Students.

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Armenian Language Lecturer

Published: April 25, 2019

The Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at UCLA is seeking a Lecturer to teach three courses in Elementary Modern Eastern Armenian and three courses in Intermediate Modern Eastern Armenian during the 2019-2020 academic year, which begins July 1, 2019. The candidate must have experience teaching Armenian language courses at the university level. A…

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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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The Parallels of Female Power in Ancient Egypt and Modern Times

Published: March 18, 2019

In her latest book, UCLA’s Kara Cooney notes how a ruler’s gender matters far less than whose agendas are served   Over the course of 3,000 years of Egypt’s history, six women ascended to become female kings of the fertile land and sit atop its authoritarian power structure. Several ruled only briefly, and only as…

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Carol Bahkos Edits Islam and its Past: Jahiliyya, Late Antiquity, and the Qur’an

Published: March 5, 2019

“Islam and its Past: Jahiliyya, Late Antiquity, and the Qur’an” Edited by Carol Bahkos and Michael Cook is now available in the Oxford Studies in the Abrahamic Religions. This book brings together scholars to consider Islamic revelation, with particular focus on the Qur’an. The collection provides a wide-ranging survey of the development and current state…

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UCLA College Featured Story: Zoroastrian Studies Graduate Fellowship established at UCLA

Published: January 31, 2019

Thanks to a gift in 2018 from the Trust of Morvarid Guiv, the Morvarid Guiv Graduate Fellowship in Zoroastrian Studies has been established in UCLA’s Pourdavoud Center for the Study of the Iranian World. The fellowship will support graduate students studying the Zoroastrian religion, its ancient history, languages, and scriptures. To read the full story…

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Jahangir and Eleanor Amuzegar Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Iranian Studies

Published: January 9, 2019

The Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, in conjunction with the Program of Iranian Studies, at UCLA, invite applications for a postdoctoral position in the history and culture of modern Iran, effective July 1, 2019. The Program of Iranian Studies at UCLA, established in 1963, is the largest and most comprehensive doctoral programs of…

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Interview with Luke Yarbrough

Published: November 5, 2018

With his vast knowledge in pre-modern Islamic societies, Luke Yarbrough (Ph.D. 2012, Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University) brings a unique perspective to the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures. Luke is our new Islamic Studies hire and will be teaching two classes in Winter quarter: a class called “Islamic Thought” for undergrads and a…

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