E-Newsletter - July 2017

Canadian Islamicist Walid Saleh receives Konrad Adenauer Research Award

Walid Saleh holds two old books in the Fisher Rare Book LibraryThe Canadian Islamicist Walid Saleh has been chosen to receive the Konrad Adenauer Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.  Walid Saleh is a Full Professor and founding director of the Institute of Islamic Studies at the University of Toronto. For his studies, he usually works with unexplored sources which are often available only as manuscripts, and gains insights that provide impetus – beyond the respective context – for our understanding of Muslim intellectual history as a whole.

Walid Saleh has an extensive network not only in the Anglo-Saxon region and the Arab world, but also in Europe in general and in Germany in particular. As the recipient of this year’s Konrad Adenauer Research Award he will be working together with colleagues at the University of Freiburg and the University of Munich, and others, on projects such as Indonesian Quran translations and a medieval Arabic translation of the history of Judaism.

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Preserving the history of the Assyrian Empire, once the largest in the world

Grant Frame holds books in his office

Text by Jacquie Posey

Amidst the Islamic State’s destruction of historical sites and museums in Iraq and Syria, Grant Frame, a current associate professor of Assyriology and graduate chair in the Department of Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations in the School of Arts & Sciences, is leading an international team translating royal inscriptions of the region’s ancient empires. Their ultimate mission: to increase understanding of Assyrian and Babylonian history.

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New Publication, Neo-Assyrian Specialists: Crafts, Offices, and Other Professional Designations

Congratulations to Heather D. Baker, who recently published Neo-Assyrian Specialists: Crafts, Offices, and Other Professional Designations.

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