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NELC graduate student, Brooke Baker, makes remarkable finds in UCLA’s “Encountering Arabic Manuscripts” course with Professor Luke Yarbrough

Published: September 26, 2022

The Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures is proud to share the news that while studying an untitled text as part of UCLA’s “Encountering Arabic Manuscipts” course,  Brooke Baker, NELC graduate student, discovered that it contained a work by by Abd al-Wahhab al-Sha’rani, the 16th-century mystic and scholar who founded an Egyptian order of…

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Iranian Studies Memorial Statement for Franklin Lewis

Published: September 23, 2022

It is with profound sadness that we announce the death of our colleague and friend, Franklin D. Lewis, who passed away after a long illness on September 20, 2022. Professor Lewis began his study of Persian and Persian literature at the University of California at Berkeley (B.A., 1983) before joining the Ph.D. program at the…

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2022-23 Applications for the Morvarid Guiv Graduate Fellowship in Zoroastrian Studies Open

Published: August 16, 2022

Call for Applications for the Morvarid Guiv Graduate Fellowship in Zoroastrian Studies The Pourdavoud Center for the Study of the Iranian World announces a call for applications for the Morvarid Guiv Graduate Fellowship in Zoroastrian Studies. This fellowship is awarded to outstanding graduate students whose works encompass different facets of Zoroastrian studies, that is, the…

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UCLA College Magazine Featured Story: Charting a Course for Islamic Studies at UCLA

Published: July 19, 2022

As part of outreach efforts, Professor Sayeed and the [Islamic Studies] program have partnered with Amy Landau, director of education and interpretation at the Fowler Museum, to launch the new Community Bridges Residency, where civic leaders engaged with the Muslim community can connect with UCLA students and faculty, and benefit from research resources. As part…

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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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Persia: Ancient Iran and the Classical World at the Getty Villa

Published: April 7, 2022

The Pourdavoud Center is proud to be the academic partner for Ancient Iran and the Classical World, the newly opened exhibit at the Getty Villa location of the J. Paul Getty Museum. Ancient Iran, historically known as Persia, was the dominant nation of western Asia for over a millennium (about 550 BC–AD 650), with three…

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Dr. Beyza Lorenz Wins EPIC-Lang Grant for Online Language Teaching Module

Published: March 29, 2022

Dr. Beyza Lorenz, Continuing Lecturer in Turkish at the Near Eastern Languages and Cultures Department won an EPIC-Lang grant to develop a self-paced, online module to help language instructors get acquainted with online language teaching. The project titled “Establishing Online Presence” is an online tutorial to introduce language instructors to establishing presence in the online…

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The Near Eastern Languages and Cultures department at UCLA is working with Howard University to offer a pipeline program for Black students to get a PhD in Egyptology

Published: March 8, 2022

Courtesy of the course flyer By Anushka Chakrabarti To increase inclusivity within the field of Egyptology, the Near Eastern Languages and Cultures department at UCLA is collaborating with Howard University to offer a pipeline program for Black students. “Summer Research Internship and Pathway to PhD’s in Ancient Egyptian, North African, and Western Asian Studies” is…

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