Recent Faculty Activity

Professor Jon Levenson published a new book "The Love of God"

Congratulations, Professor Levenson!

The love of God is perhaps the most essential element in Judaism—but also one of the most confounding. In biblical and rabbinic literature, the obligation to love God appears as a formal commandment. Yet most people today think of love as a feeling. How can an emotion be commanded? Jon D. Levenson, Albert A. List Professor of Jewish Studies at Harvard University, recently took the time to answer questions about his new book, The Love of God: Divine Gift, Human Gratitude, and Mutual Faithfulness in Judaism.

NELC course Ancient Near East 103 in Harvard Gazette: watch video

Ancient Near East 103: Ancient Lives

Students in ANE 103, through music and taste connected with the ancients.
Barjamovic, a lecturer on Assyriology and instructor for Ancient Lives noted that the class demonstration with the musical instrument replicas sent a clear message that “music is one of the baselines of human existence. There isn’t a culture on this planet that doesn’t have music, and here we have the chance to hear a piece of it over a distance of 3,500 years.”

Book published by Khaled el-Rouayheb, on Islamic Intellectual History

In July 2015, Khaled El-Rouayheb, James Richard Jewett Professor of Arabic and of Islamic Intellectual History, published a new book: Islamic Intellectual History in the Seventeenth Century: Scholarly Currents in the Ottoman Empire and the Maghreb (Cambridge University Press). It appears to be a major - field-changing - work, judging from the early reviews

Gojko Barjamovic was awarded a Provostial grant

Gojko Barjamovic, Lecturer on Assyriology, was awarded grant from Harvard's Provostial Fund for the Arts and Humanities. This grant will support a concert and lecture held by two of the world’s leading Archaeomusicologists, who will play and discuss with a Harvard audience examples of the world’s oldest surviving music, recorded on 4000-year old clay tablets coming from ancient Mesopotamia.

Semitic Museum: "Wine in the Ancient Near East"

In 2013, a team of archaeologists working in northern Israel unearthed the storage magazines of a Canaanite palace from 1700 BCE containing remnants of what is considered to be the oldest—and largest—ancient wine cellar in the Near East. Chemical analysis of the jars found at the site suggests the Canaanites drank a strong, sweet wine flavored with an exotic mix of honey, spices, and berries.

Peter Manuelian's Anthropology 2022 students...

Peter Manuelian's Anthropology 2022 students present their work from the fall 2013 semester, in an exhibition title "Picturing the Past: Digital Drawing in Archaeology", in the Knafel building through December.

Clear, scientifically accurate, and aesthetically pleasing illustrations are an indispensable part of the archaeologist’s toolkit. This course explored the history, development, and current methodology behind archaeological illustration, applied to two sample cultures, Egyptian (Old World) and Maya (New World). 

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.

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