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MELC is excited to share that Shabnam Entezar’s proposal for a Persian Business Language Curriculum has won a grant from the Global Business Center, the Jackson School’s Title VI Centers, and the U.S. Department of Education. This innovative curriculum is designed to equip learners and professionals with essential language skills and cultural understanding for success in various business environments. Some modules will be ready for integration into MELC’s intermediate level Persian courses… Read more
-A report by Sergen Avci Dr. Didem Havlioğlu, a literary historian and Associate Professor at Duke University who works on women and gender in the Islamicate world, gave a fascinating talk titled “Performance, Subversion, and Gender-Bending in Ottoman Poetry” on April 18th, 2024. With this talk, Dr. Havlioğlu contributed to the Walter G. Andrews Memorial Lecture Series hosted by the Turkish and Ottoman Studies Program in the Department of Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures. Her… Read more
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MELC MA student Elyakim Suissa has been accepted for doctoral work in Ottoman studies at the University of Pennsylvania. He plans to begin his PhD program there in Autumn 2024. Micah Slaughter (BA, 2020) has accepted an offer from the University of Chicago and plans to pursue the Master of Public Policy program there, with a focus on social and housing policy.  MELC MA student, Brianna Voss, has been honored with an offer of the prestigious… Read more
In a recent blog post celebrating Arab American Heritage Month,  UW President Ana Mari Cauce acknowledges achievements of our department and, in particular, of several… Read more
Prof. Amina Moujtahid and co-author Jeffrey A. Bennett announce the publication of their new book, The Combinatorial House of Wisdom. The volume presents a guided classical Arabic reader, with selections suitable for anyone with knowledge of the language at the late… Read more
A new major in Global Literary Studies launched at UW in Winter Quarter 2024. Prof. Naomi Sokoloff has played a key role in implementing the GLITS curriculum, which is designed to support study of literature in coordination with MELC and departments across the Humanities. Other MELC faculty members who have participated in GLITS inclue Prof. Selim Kuru, Prof. Aria Fani, Prof. Terri De Young, Prof. Kat Medill, and Prof. Canan Bolel. How does the new major work? To find out, take a look at the… Read more
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The Turkish and Ottoman Studies Program announces two events for Spring Quarter 2024.   As part of the TOSP workshop series, on March 29th NMES Ph.D. candidate Büsra Demirkol will give a talk titled "(Re)producing the Modern Ottoman Woman: Ottoman State Reform, New Medical Science, and the Policing of Women's Bodies in the Long Nineteenth Century" at 12:30 in Denny 211.   On April 18th, Dr. Didem Havlioglu from Duke University will present this year's Walter Andrews Memorial Lecture, a… Read more
Prof. Melike Yücel-Koç has received the Ray Verzasconi Northwest Postsecondary Language Educator of the Year award from the Pacific Northwest Council for Languages (PNCFL). She will be honored at the 75th anniversary gala awards ceremony of PNCFL (March 22, 2024). The award  recognizes outstanding teaching, service, and/or research at the university level and  is named for Dr. Ray Verzasconi, Professor Emeritus of Spanish (Oregon State University) and longtime Executive… Read more
The American Institute of Archaeology (AIA) has awarded the 2024 Site Preservation Grant to MELC Associate Professor Stephanie Selover. The grant is for continued work at Prof. Selover’s archaeological excavations at the site of Khirbat al-Baluʿa, an important Iron Age Moabite and medieval Islamic village, located in central Jordan. The grant is intended to fund projects that uphold the AIA’s mission to preserve and protect the world’s archaeological heritage… Read more
On February 1, the Department of Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures held its annual Afrassiabi distinguished lecture in Persian and Iranian studies. The lecture series highlights informed and generative perspectives on Iran and Persian literature in a variety of disciplines and topics. The inaugural lecture was delivered in 1999 by Dick Davis, the eminent English translator of Persian poetry and academic. Since then, eighteenth speakers have given talks at the University of Washington. This… Read more