Recent Faculty Activity

Ali Asani led an exploratory seminar at the Radcliffe Institute

Ali Asani, Professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures, led an exploratory seminar at the Radcliffe Institute this August. During this two-day seminar, entitled "Fostering Religious Literacy through the Arts: The case of Islam," Prof. Asani was joined by over a dozen scholars and students from various fields to discuss the value of employing visual arts and sonic cultures as pedagogical tools.

Peter Manuelian to edit new book series on Egyptology

Brill Signs New Harvard Egyptological Studies Book Series

Leiden (NL) / Boston (MA) - 10 June 2014

Brill, the international scholarly publisher, has signed an
agreement to publish a book series in cooperation with the
Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, and
the Department of Anthropology, both of which are in the Faculty
of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University. The book series is
entitled "Harvard Egyptological Studies."

The series will present scholarly publications in the field of

Publication of a Festschrift in honor of Peter Machinist...

Publication of a Festschrift in Peter Machinist's honor, Literature as Politics, Politics as Literature. Essays on the Ancient Near East in Honor of Peter Machinist, edited by two former students from NELC, David S. Vanderhooft (Boston College, NELC Ph.D., 1996) and Abraham Winitzer (University of Notre Dame, NELC Ph.D., 2006) (Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2013), xxii + 562 pages).

Richard Saley is currently involved in a computer-driven...

Richard Saley is currently involved in a computer-driven research project on the Septuagint text of 2 Samuel (including 1 Kings 1:1–2:11).  The initial phase of the project focused on creating the computer database by digitizing and morphologically tagging all of the readings of all of the 35 manuscripts cited in the Brooke–McLean edition (Larger Cambridge Septuagint) of 2 Sam 1:1–1 Kgs 2:11, some 39,000 words!  The second phase, recently completed, was concerned with digitally reconstructing …

Chad Kia's paper "The Paradox of Reform ...

Chad Kia's paper "The Paradox of Reform in Ahmad Kasravi" on the scholarly reception of the controversial 20th century Iranian intellectual, which was first presented at the Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Faculty Seminar in Nov. 2013 has been accepted for publication at the British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, under the title, "The Scum of Tabriz: Ahmad Kasravi and the Impulse to Reform Islam." 

William Granara completed a week-long visit to Amman Jordan...

William Granara recently completed a week-long visit to Amman Jordan, where he was invited by the Qasid Institute for the Teaching of Classical and Modern Arabic to review its programs, conduct teaching workshops, and deliver a lecture.  Prof. Granara held three workshops on:  “Teaching Language and Culture from the Elementary to the Advanced Levels,” “Curriculum Development for Classical Arabic,” and “Assessing Proficiency and Achievement for non-native Speakers of Arabic.

William Graham will give the keynote address for a conference...

William Graham will give the keynote address for a conference in Erlangen, Germany on February 20-22, 2014.  The conference is entitled:  "Exegetical Crossroads: Understanding Scripture in Judaism, Christianity and Islam in the Medieval Orient".  Professor Graham gave a paper, "Light as Image and Concept in the Qur'an and Other Early Islamic Sources", at the 5th biennial Hamad bin Khalifa Symposium on Islamic Art in Palermo, Italy, 9-11 November 2013.