The Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations (NELC) engages in the interdisciplinary humanistic study and teaching of the cultures of the Near East (often called the Middle East) as they express themselves in languages and texts, including both written and oral sources, as well as art, architecture, archaeology and material culture.
NELC Professor Fatemeh Shams was named the 2024 Greeley Scholar for Peace Studies at the Peace and Conflicts Studies Institute (PACSI) at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell.
In "Writing for Wikipedia," Professor Sharkey talks with Omnia's Susan Ahlborn about how she engages her students in independent research, teaching them how to research, write, and navigate issues of copyright, using assignments focused on creating and curating content on Wikipedia.
Congratulations to Professor Emeritus of Assyriology, Dr. Grant Frame, and Lecturer of Akkadian and Biblical Hebrew, Dr.
Feride Hatiboglu, lecturer in foreign languages and coordinator of the Turkish Language Program, talked to Penn Today about supporting less commonly taught languages. Feride was recently named President Elect of the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages (NCOLCTL).
Feride Hatiboglu, Lecturer in Foreign Languages and Coordinator of the Turkish Language Program, has been elected as President of the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages (NCOLCTL). She will serve as President-Elect for 2023 before moving into her role as President in 2024.
NELC PhD Student Kaley Zinaty has been awarded the Ibn Sina Award for Student Writing in Islamic Studies. Her winning paper is entitled, "Man! I Read Like a Woman: A Gendered Reading of Kitab al-Muntakhab fī ‘Uṣūl al-Rutab."
Poetry International announced the winners of their Summer 2022 Chapbook Competition. Berlin, a translated collection of Professor Fatemeh Sh
NELC PhD Student Kaley Keener has been awarded a Hopkinson Fellowship by the SAS Graduate Division, in recognition of her superlative academic performance.
On March 27, 2023, Dr. Anny Gaul led a lively lecture and discussion for the third Bite-Sized Talks event, “How Do You Say 'Tomato' in Egyptian?”
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The Royal Inscriptions of Ashurbanipal (668–631 BC), Aššur-etel-ilāni (630–627 BC), and Sîn-šarra-iškun (626–612 BC), Kings of Assyria, Part 1
In this book, Jamie Novotny and Joshua Jeffers provide updated, reliable editions of seventy-one historical inscriptions of Ashurbanipal, including all historical inscriptions on clay prisms, clay
Prescriptive law writings rarely mirror the ways a society practices law, a fact that raises special problems for the social and legal historian.
Methodist Minister Activist, Educator , Scholar of Hebrew
Pezavia O'Connell (1861–1930) was an African American Methodist minister, activist, educator, and scholar of Hebrew. He received a PhD in 1898 for a dissertation entitled, "Synonyms of the Clean and Unclean in Hebrew.” This distinction made him the first African American to earn a PhD in Semitic languages in the United States. Born to a family of…Read Bio