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January 2020

The Arabicization of Christian Egypt: Reframing the Debate

January 22 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
365 Kaplan Hall,

The linguistic evolution of Egypt has been studied at some length, and with the invaluable evidence offered by the papyrological sources it has been possible to make very fine and detailed observations on the chronology and distribution of linguistic change. The different linguistic balance established by the Egyptian language with the two imperial languages that entered the country by conquest and served for centuries as languages of power is very striking: while Egyptian was used alongside Greek for a millennium…

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Bilingual Lecture Series: Ahmad Kiarostami

January 26 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
121 Dodd Hall, 390 Portola Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States
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Please join the Iranian Studies Program at UCLA for a Bilingual Lecture Series film screening of Case No. I, Case No. 2. The film and following Q&A with Ahmad Kiarostami will be in Persian.

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Does Jewish Biblical Scholarship Exist: A Historical Perspective

January 27 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
314 Royce Hall,

Bible and Its Interpreters Seminar Series  Moderator: William Schniedewind (UCLA) Sponsored by: The UCLA Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies Cosponsored by: The Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures and Center for the Study of Religion How and when did Jewish scholars enter into the mainstream of biblical scholarship?  What religious and other constraints prevented them from entering the mainstream until the second half of the twentieth century?  And once they entered, did they produce a body of distinctive…

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Amuzegar Lecture Series: Robert Steele

January 29 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Royce 306,

Please join the Iranian Studies Program for a lecture by Dr. Robert Steele. Ancient Persia in Pahlavi Politics: The Imperial Celebrations of 1971 and Cultural Policy under the Shah In October 1971, heads of state, political and cultural figures, business leaders, and journalists from around the world came to Persepolis at the invitation of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi of Iran. They were there to celebrate the 2500th Anniversary of the Founding of the Persian Empire by Cyrus the Great. Many…

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Through the Female Gaze: Men in the Book of Genesis

January 30 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
193 Kaplan Hall,

Sponsored by The UCLA Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies Cosponsored by The Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures While the bulk of biblical scholarship on the book of Genesis had been conducted by men and about men, more recent works have used feminist approaches to center the female characters in Genesis from numerous perspectives, enhancing our understanding of how the women in Genesis function. In light of these new works, this talk will offer a critical reexamination…

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February 2020

Pourdavoud Center Lecture Series: Gil Stein

February 12 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Royce Hall Room 306, 10745 Dickson Plaza
Los Angeles, CA (CALIFORNIA) 90095
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Please join the Pourdavoud Center for the Study of the Iranian World for a lecture by Professor Gil Stein. Achaemenids or Persians?  Burials, Material Culture, and Imperial Identities in the Euphrates Valley (5th-4th centuries BCE) The Achaemenid empire was the largest empire in the world in the 5th-4th centuries BCE, encompassing numerous polities and cultural groups within its 20 satrapies. To rule this enormous empire, the Persian elites had to gain the active support of the people they governed to…

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From Enoch to Daniel: Reimagining the Past in the Aramaic Dead Sea Scrolls

February 25 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
314 Royce Hall,

Sponsored by The UCLA Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies Cosponsored by The Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures Since the late 1940s, the approximately 1,000 manuscripts discovered in caves alongside the Dead Sea – popularly called the Dead Sea Scrolls – have been reshaping in significant ways study of the Bible and ancient Judaism. Often left out of discussions about the scrolls are the approximately 30 Jewish literary works written in Aramaic. This talk will introduce the…

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