SOAS University of London

Department of the Languages and Cultures of the Near and Middle East

Near & Middle Eastern Studies Section Staff

Head of the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

Ben Murtagh

Learning & Teaching Coordinator

Dr Dana Healy

Research Coordinator

Professor Friederike Luepke

Undergraduate Admissions Tutor

Mr Mohamed I Said

Undergraduate Programme Convenors

Professor Muhammad Abdel-Haleem (BA Arabic and Islamic Studies)

Dr Yorgos Dedes (BA Turkish)

Dr Tamar Drukker (BA Hebrew and Israeli Studies)

Ms Narguess Farzad (BA Persian)

Professor Hugh Kennedy (BA Arabic, BA Arabic and another subject)

Dr Nima Mina (BA Middle Eastern Studies, BA Persian)

Dr Yair Wallach (BA Hebrew, BA Hebrew and Israeli Studies)

Postgraduate Programme Convenors

Professor Muhammad Abdel-Haleem (MA Islamic Studies)

Dr Yorgos Dedes (MA Intensive Turkish and another subject, MA Turkish Studies, MA Near and Middle Eastern Studies)

Dr Nada Elzeer (MA Intensive Arabic plus another subject)

Ms Narguess Farzad (MA Intensive Persian and another subject)

Dr Marle Hammond (MA Arabic Literature, MA Palestinian Studies)

Dr Nima Mina (MA Intensive Persian and another subject, MA Iranian Studies)

Dr Yair Wallach (MA Israeli Studies)

Certificate Convenor

Mr Mohamed I Said (Arabic and Arabic Studies)

Postgraduate Research Tutors

Professor Mike Hutt (Term 1), Professor Francesca Orsini (Terms 2-3), Dr Yorgos Dedes (advising)

  • Please note that for Masters Students the Admissions Tutor and Personal Tutor is the Postgraduate Programme Convenor
Academic Advisors

Dr Marle Hammond (Year 1)


Professor Muhammad A S Abdel Haleem, OBE
King Fahd Professor of Islamic Studies
Muhammad A S Abdel Haleem
Qur’an, Hadith, Tafsir; Islam in society; classical and modern Arabic literature
  • Tel: +44(0)20 7898 4325
  • Email:
  • Room: 427
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesdays 13:00-14:00 / Wednesdays 12:00-13:00
Professor Hugh N Kennedy
Professor of Arabic
Hugh N Kennedy

Medieval history of Arabic-speaking lands.

  • Tel: +44(0)20 7898 4251
  • Email:
  • Room: 436
  • Academic Support Hours: Mondays 4-5pm, Tuesdays 1-2pm

Professor Wen-chin Ouyang
Professor of Arabic and Comparative Literature
Wen-chin Ouyang
Classical and modern Arabic literature and culture, with emphasis on narrative and storytelling, comparative narratology and critical theory, and gendered thinking and discourse.
  • Tel: +44(0)20 7898 4348
  • Email:
  • Room: 435
  • Academic Support Hours: On Research Leave 2018/19

Senior Lecturers

Dr Yorgos Dedes
Senior Lecturer in Turkish
Yorges Dedes
Early Anatolian Turkish; Ottoman language and literature; Ottoman history; Turkish-Greek relations; modern Turkish culture
  • Tel: +44(0)20 7898 4344
  • Email:
  • Room: 424
  • Academic Support Hours: Fridays 3-5pm
Dr Marlé Hammond
Senior Lecturer in Arabic Popular Literature and Culture
Marle Hammond

Senior Lecturer in Arabic Popular Literature & Culture.  

  • Tel: 020 7898 4518
  • Email:
  • Room: 438
  • Academic Support Hours: Monday 2-3pm, Thursday 11am-12pm

Dr Karima Laachir
Senior Lecturer in Literary & Cultural Studies
Karima Laachir

Literary and cultural studies: postcolonial studies, diaspora studies and comparative literature

  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4336
  • Email:
  • Room: 365
  • Academic Support Hours: Mondays 12-1pm
Dr Christopher Lucas
Chris Lucas

Historical linguistics, Arabic linguistics, Maltese linguistics, Arabic dialectology, language contact, linguistic variation, contact-induced language change, Language Analysis for the Determination of Origin, Dynamic Syntax, Relevance Theory, Arabic language, Afro-Asiatic languages, English

  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4318
  • Email:
  • Room: 447
  • Academic Support Hours: ON LEAVE AND AWAY FROM SOAS 2019/20

Dr Nima Mina
Senior Lecturer in Persian and Iranian Studies
Mina Nima - NME IMG 240, 186, 56
Classical and Modern Persian literature, Orientalism in 18th-20th century Europe, Middle Eastern minority writers in Europe, Diaspora studies, music performance, translation studies
  • Tel: 020 7898 4315
  • Email:
  • Room: 422
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesday 1-3pm
Dr Mustafa Shah
Senior Lecturer in Islamic Studies
Staff Silhouette
The early Arabic linguistic tradition; classical Islamic theology and jurisprudence
  • Tel: 020 7898 4341
  • Email:
  • Room: 434a
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesday 1.30 to 2.30 and Wednesdays 1-2


Dr Yair Wallach
Pears Lecturer in Israeli Studies
Yair Wallach
  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4337
  • Email:
  • Room: 415
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesday 5-6pm, Thursday 4-5pm
  • On Sabbatical:Term 2

Senior Fellows

Ms Narguess Farzad
Senior Fellow in Persian
Narguess Farzad
Persian language and literature. Organiser of SOAS-Cambridge Undergraduate workshops
  • Tel: +44(0)20 7898 4346
  • Email:
  • Room: 440
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesday 4-5pm, Friday 1-2pm

Principal Lectors

Mr Mohamed I Said
Principal Lector in Arabic
Mohamed I Said
Arabic language teaching
  • Tel: +44(0)20 7898 4353
  • Email:
  • Room: 425
  • Academic Support Hours: Mon & Wed 11am-12pm, Tue 1-2pm, Thu 10-11am

Senior Lectors

Dr Tamar Drukker
Senior Lector in Hebrew
Tamar Drukker
Modern Hebrew; medieval literature
  • Tel: 020 7898 4347
  • Email:
  • Room: 446
  • Academic Support Hours: Thursdays 14:00-15:00 and by appointment
Dr Nada Elzeer
Senior Lector in Arabic
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Arabic language and translation
  • Tel: 020 7898 4340
  • Email:
  • Room: 432
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesdays and Thursdays : 12:00 to 13:00 hours

Principal Teaching Fellow

Mr Muaadh Salih
Principal Teaching Fellow and Arabic Project Co-ordinator
Staff Silhouette

Computer-assisted language learning; orality and oral literature of the Gulf; Arabic language pedagogy

  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4354
  • Email:
  • Room: 429
  • Academic Support Hours: Friday 3-5pm

Teaching Fellows

Dr Keya Anjaria
Senior Teaching Fellow in Turkish
Keya Anjaria

The Novel; 20th Century Turkish Literature; Turkish Cinema; World Literature; Comparative Literature;  20th Century Literary Criticism; Modernity and Modernization in late 19th and 20th Century Turkey.

  • Email:
  • Room: 420
  • Academic Support Hours: Monday 11:30-13:30
Dr Helen Blatherwick
Senior Teaching Fellow in Arabic
Research Associate
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Classical Arabic literature, Popular literature, Comparative literature

  • Tel: 020 7898 4385
  • Email:
  • Academic Support Hours: TERM 1: Wednesday 3-4pm

Mr Wael Odeh
Senior Teaching Fellow in Arabic
Wael Odeh
  • Email:
  • Room: 441
  • Academic Support Hours: Monday 1.30-2.30pm, Wednesday 4-5pm

Visiting Professors

Visiting Readers

Visiting Language Teacher

Professorial Research Associates

Professor Bruce Ingham
Professorial Research Associate
Bruce Ingham

General descriptive linguistics, Arabic, Persian, North American Indian languages, dialects and oral literature of the Arabian Peninsula - in particular the dialects of the Arabian bedouin, covering the dialects of the Al Dhafir, Mutair, Al Murrah and Rwalah tribes; Lakota (Siouan), Cree (Algonquian)

Professor Stefan Sperl
Emeritus Professor in Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies
Professorial Research Associate
Sperl Stefan

Arabic Literature Classical and Modern; Comparative Literature; Qur’an and Hadith Studies; Islamic Art; Sufism and Neoplatonism; Refugee and Exile Studies

  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4338
  • Email:
  • Room: 433
  • Academic Support Hours: On Sabbatical until September 2018

Research Associates

Dr Helen Blatherwick
Senior Teaching Fellow in Arabic
Research Associate
Staff Silhouette

Classical Arabic literature, Popular literature, Comparative literature

  • Tel: 020 7898 4385
  • Email:
  • Academic Support Hours: TERM 1: Wednesday 3-4pm

Research Fellows

Itzea Goikolea-Amiano
Goikolea-Amiano Itzea - CCLPS IMG - 485 186 56

Gender Studies and Feminist Epistemology, Islam and Islamophobia, Spanish Colonialism in Morocco, and the History (Herstory), Culture, Literature and Politics of Colonial Morocco.

Dr Nora Parr
Parr Nora - NME IMG - 485 186 56

Arabic Literature, Palestine Studies, Critical Theory, Comparative Literature, Cultural Studies, Nation and Nationalisms, Palestinian Literature, Postcolonial Studies, Concepts in History, Trauma Studies

Dr Moriel Ram
Ram Moriel - CJS IMG 485 186 56

Israeli-Palestinian conflict, geopolitics and material culture

  • Email:
  • Room: 221
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesdays 10am - 11am