Welcome to Near Eastern Languages and Civilization
The Chair of NELC is Scott Noegel. Please click on the welcome message to learn more about the vitality and vision of NELC at the University of Washington (Seattle).
SAMAD ALAVI is a Ph.D. candidate in Near Eastern Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, where he will complete his doctorate in December. Before joining the faculty at the UW, he taught Persian language and literature at UC Berkeley and San Francisco State University for several years. His research concentrates on modern Persian poetry in general and specifically on ideas of political commitment among 20th and 21st century poets in Iran. Along with his research, Professor Alavi is an avid translator of Persian poetry into English.
HAMZA M. ZAFER received his doctorate in Near Eastern Studies from Cornell University (2013). His area of study is the late ancient Near East and his research focuses on early Muslim historiography and scripture. This past year he served as the Mellon-Sawyer Doctoral Fellow with the Qurʾān Seminar at the University of Notre Dame. This quarter he is teaching an introductory course on Islamic Civilization and a seminar on Prophecy in Judaism, Christian and Islam.