NELC News

Chris PreJean Wins Fulbright

Published: June 2, 2021

The NELC department is proud to announce that Christopher Prejean has been awarded a two-year Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship for his work The Hermeneutical Christian in Islamic Legal Thought. His project discusses what can be learned about Muslims from their legal discussions about Christians. Prejean received his MA in Arabic here in the NELC department in…

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NELC Undergraduate Natalie Sarafian Wins Dean’s Prize

Published: June 1, 2021

The NELC Department is extremely proud to announce that Natalie Sarafian has just won the Dean’s prize for Undergraduate Research Week, a prestigious undergraduate award given to only a few students each academic year. Sarafian received the prize for her presentation, “How to Use Sex to Gain Power in the Ancient Patriarchy: Medical Humanities Investigation…

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Dr. Domenico Ingenito on KCRW

Published: May 25, 2021

On Thursday, May 27, the NELC Department’s own Dr. Domenico Ingenito appeared on the KCRW radio show, Bookworm, hosted by Michael Silverblatt, to talk about Persian literature and the opportunities that UCLA offers to study Persian language in Southern California. During the show, Michael Silverblatt also presented Dr. Ingenito’s book, “Beholding Beauty: Sa’di of Shiraz…

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UCLA Recruitment: Eastern Armenian Language Lecturer, JFP06425

Published: May 11, 2021

The Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at UCLA is seeking a part-time Lecturer to teach three courses in Elementary Modern Eastern Armenian and three courses in Intermediate Modern Eastern Armenian during the 2021-2022 academic year, which begins July 1, 2021. The candidate must have experience teaching Armenian language courses at the university level. An M.A. in Near Eastern Languages…

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UCLA Recruitment: Arabic Language Lecturer, UC Recruit JFP06392

Published: May 11, 2021

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 (six courses) during the 2021-2022 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…

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Tributes: Herbert A. Davidson

Published: May 7, 2021

The Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures is saddened to announce the passing of Professor Herbert A. Davidson (1932-2021), Professor Emeritus of Hebrew. Information about the funeral arrangements can be found at herbertadavidson.com. The department owes Dr. Davidson a great debt, and offer our heartfelt condolences to his friends and family.   I was…

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The Sheikh’s House at Quseir al-Qadim: New Book by Dr. Katherine Burke

Published: April 22, 2021

The Near Eastern Languages and Cultures Department is proud to announce the publication of The Sheikh’s House at Quseir al-Qadim: Documenting a Thirteenth-Century Red Sea Port By Katherine Strange Burke, with contributions by Steven M. Goodman and Wilma Wetterstrom (Oriental Institute Publications 144, 2021). This study of a thirteenth-century dwelling on Egypt’s Red Sea Coast…

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Dr. Michael Cooperson Wins Sheikh Zayed Award

Published: April 22, 2021

The Near Eastern Language and Cultures Department is thrilled to announce that our own Dr. Michael Cooperson has just won the 2020/21 Sheikh Zayed Award Translation Prize for his Arabic to English translation of Impostures by Al-Hariri. The Sheikh Zayed Awards are the most prestigious and lucrative awards in Arabic literature: winners of the translation category…

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Dr. Cate Bonesho Awarded Frankel Institute 2021-22 Fellowship

Published: April 22, 2021

Catherine Bonesho has received one of the fellowships from the Frankel Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan related to the study of Diversity in Second Temple Judaism for the 2021-2022 academic year. During the fellowship, she will work on her second book project, entitled “Kings, Queens, and Caesars: Gentile Rulers in Early…

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Michael Cooperson’s Impostures (2020)

Published: April 7, 2021

The Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures is proud to announce the success of our Dr. Michael Cooperson’s recent book, Impostures (NYU Press 2020). A groundbreaking translation of a celebrated work of Arabic literatures, Impostures follows the roguish Abū Zayd al-Sarūjī in his adventures around the medieval Middle East. Since its publication, Impostures has…

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