Remote Instruction for Spring 2020

Published: March 17, 2020

Following university directives, all in-person meetings have been moved online. This includes course lectures, discussions, office hours, and student advising. All meetings will now be conducted via Zoom or an alternative online platform for the duration of Spring quarter 2020. Please also note that the Near Eastern Languages and Cultures administrative offices will transition to…

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Professor Catherine Bonesho’s Research Featured on The Daily Beast

Published: January 23, 2020

Catherine E. Bonesho is an Assistant Professor in Early Judaism in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at UCLA. Her research focuses on locating the history, languages, literature, and culture of Judaism in the Second Temple and Rabbinic periods in their imperial contexts. Her research was recently featured on the Daily Beast. Congratulations…

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Pourdavoud Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Ancient Iranian Studies

Published: December 12, 2019

The Pourdavoud Center for the Study of the Iranian World in conjunction with the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at UCLA, invites applications for a postdoctoral position in the history and culture of ancient Iran, effective July 1, 2020. Established in 2017 as the premier research center for the study of ancient Iran,…

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Student Simone Salmon Wins James W. Redhouse Prize for Best Progress in Turkish

Published: December 9, 2019

Simone Salmon, graduate student in Ethnomusicology and student in Dr. Beyza Lorenz’s second-year Turkish class, has won the 2019 James W. Redhouse Prize for Best Progress in Turkish. She will use Turkish for her doctoral research on Sephardic music in the Ottoman Empire. The prize, which is prestigious and nomination-only, was established by the Turkish…

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Kara Cooney Wins ASOR Nancy Lapp Popular Book Award

Published: December 6, 2019

At the 2019 Annual Meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research, NELC Chair Dr. Kara Cooney was awarded the Nancy Lapp Popular Book Award for When Women Ruled the World: Six Queens of Egypt (2018). This award is presented to the author/editor of a book published in the last two years that offers a new…

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Fulfill the UCLA Language Requirement with Biblical Hebrew!

Published: October 31, 2019

The Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures announces that Biblical Hebrew Language now fulfills the Foreign Language Requirement at UCLA. Sign up for Hebrew 110A, 110B, and 110C now! This sequence of courses introduces students to the phonology, morphology, and syntax of biblical Hebrew. Students learn to read and translate biblical Hebrew narrative and…

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Assistant Professor in Assyriology and Cuneiform Studies

Published: October 24, 2019

The Department of Near Eastern Languages & Cultures at the University of California, Los Angeles, announces a search for a tenure-track position in Assyriology and Cuneiform Studies with interests that engage broader cultural and intellectual traditions, are transdisciplinary in scope, and grounded in philological expertise. The position will be at the rank of Assistant Professor…

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Assistant Director for the Pourdavoud Center for the Study of the Iranian World

Published: September 11, 2019

UCLA Pourdavoud Center for the Study of the Iranian World seeks applications for an Academic Coordinator to serve as Assistant Director to lead and coordinate the Center’s administrative, research and scholarly programs and initiatives. The position is full time and would begin November 1, 2019. Under the supervision of the Director of the Pourdavoud Center,…

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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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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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