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nelc Prof. Jere Bacharach Presentation on Fustat
October 14, 2019
On October 2, Dr. Jere Bacharach, professor emeritus of history at UW, gave a public lecture through the American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE) called, “Excavating Fustat, Cairo, Egypt.” The lecture introduced both the history of excavation at the site in Fustat as well as the findings of the excavations. By Erin Kelleher, NELC MA student. Erin works on Near and Middle Eastern intellectual history Professor Bacharach explained first that Fustat was continuously occupied from pre-... Read more
Scott Noegel Delivers U-Wisconsin-Milwaukee Commencement Address
October 7, 2019
Professor Scott Noegel was awarded with an Honorary Ph.D. in Letters (2016) from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for “significant contributions in the field of Ancient and Near Eastern Languages andCultures” and for his “extraordinary reputation as a highly distinguished scholar, a respectedartist, and community supporter.” This was the first honorary Ph.D. given by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee to any of its alumni.  Professor Noegel was also honored by being offered to deliver... Read more
dinar of abd al-malik
September 26, 2019
by Jere Bacharach NELC is thankful to Prof. Bacharach for sharing this list of extensive resources on our web-site. Prof. Bacharach will be presenting a talk titled "Medieval Cairo: Its History and Finds" on October 2, 2019 at the University of Washington [7-8:30 PM, Thomson 101]. This talk is organized by... Read more
aria fani nelc pisp persian iranian studies
September 5, 2019
NELC welcomes Aria Fani as Assistant Professor of Persian and Iranian Studies to its faculty. Aria received his BA in Comparative Literature from the San Diego State University and a PhD in Near Eastern Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. He submitted his dissertation titled "Becoming Literature: The Formation of Adabiyat as a Discipline in Iran and Afghanistan (1895-1945)" in August 2019.  Aria's research focuses on the development of literature as an institution as it... Read more
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July 10, 2019
The Emma B. Andrews Diary Project - Interdisciplinarity, Collaboration, and Digital Humanities       The Emma B. Andrews Diary Project began in 2011 as an effort by NELC's Dr. Sarah. Ketchley to transcribe the unpublished travel journals kept by the mistress of an early excavator in Egypt's Valley of the Kings. Mrs. Emma B. Andrews' writings are a unique record of the early history of Egyptology, Nile travel, tourism and society in turn of the century Egypt... Read more
NELC conference room full of students, faculty and staff at the reception
June 12, 2019
The NELC Department's Conference Room, Denny Hall 211, hosted the end of the academic year reception organized by the Interdisciplinary PhD Program in Near and Middle Eastern in Graduate School (NMES) to celebrate student and faculty achievements and meet fellow colleagues.   The Middle East Center (JSIS), NELC, and NMES programs met in Denny Hall and discussed projects, classes, and research between programs and encourage cooperation across the units before the summer term begins.   The heads... Read more
Photo of a copy of the Quran in Arabic, one in English, and the Jewish Tanakh in both Hebrew and English
June 3, 2019
Mira Weimer is a NELC major graduating this year.  She studies the Arabic language, and following graduation, she will return to Berkeley, California, to cook at Chez Panisse restaurant Mira Weimer's senior essay is a sort of synthesis of the books, topics, and themes that she has focused on while studying in the NELC department of UW. Under the guided supervision of Professor Hamza Zafer, her essay looks at archetypal themes of prophecy, focusing primarily on prophecy in the Hebrew... Read more
Erika  with her sister Zoraida and Professor Walter Andrews at the Husky 100 reception
May 17, 2019
“I feel like it’s cliche to say that, but when I contacted Walter to be a part of this project, I didn’t think I’d stay this long or learn this much about it. I knew I wanted to do research, and this project influenced so much of what I did.” The Svoboda Diaries Project’s very own Erika Arias was honored as one of the 2019 Husky 100, an award recognizing 100 students across disciplines for innovative and inspiring work “making the most of their time at UW.” This is the third year of the Husky... Read more
siff iranian film initiative
May 6, 2019
The Persian and Iranian Studies Program in the NELC department is happy to again partner with the Iranian Film Initiative to bring new films to the Seattle area.  The Seattle International Film Festival of 2019 is showing four films on Iran during the festival.  In addition, there are many films from all over the Middle East and Central Asian regions to enjoy in the following month.  Please find a full list of the films below. Make sure to purchase your tickets in advance, as the films do fill... Read more
Nowruz dancers in traditional outfits perform
April 30, 2019
"As generations pass, it is more and more essential that we support programs like this one (Persian and Iranian Studies) at the University of Washington.  Because without this, we won't have a local archive. We won't have a local source of that education.  We must have that.  We must have that in Seattle." Cyrus Habib, The Lieutenant Governor of Washington State   The vernal equinox, commonly known as the first day of spring, is the exact moment the sun crosses the celestial equator,... Read more

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