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

Justin Watkins

Research Coordinator

Irina Nikolaeva

Undergraduate Admissions Tutor

Mr Mohamed I Said

Undergraduate Programme Convenors

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

Dr Yorgos Dedes (BA Turkish / BA Turkish and...)

Professor Hugh Kennedy (BA Arabic / BA Arabic and...)

Ms Narguess Farzad and Dr Nima Mina (BA Persian / BA Persian and...)

Dr Nima Mina (BA Middle Eastern Studies / BA Middle Eastern Studies and...)

Dr Yair Wallach (Term 1) and Dr Tamar Drukker (Term 2) (BA Hebrew and... / BA Hebrew and Israeli Studies)

Postgraduate Programme Convenors

Professor Muhammad Abdel-Haleem (MA Islamic Studies)

Dr Yorgos Dedes (MA Near and Middle Eastern Studies / MA Turkish Studies)

Dr Nima Mina (MA Iranian Studies)

Professor Wen-chin Ouyang (MA Arabic Literature / MA Palestine Studies)

Mr Mohamed Said (MA ... and Intensive Language (Arabic))

Dr Yair Wallach (Term 1) and Dr Tamar Drukker (Term 2) (MA Israeli Studies)

Certificate Convenors

Mr Mohamed I Said (Arabic and Arabic Studies)

Postgraduate Research Tutor

Dr Yorgos Dedes

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

Professors

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: ha4@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 427
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 13:00-14:00 / Wednesdays 12:00-13:00
Hugh N Kennedy
Professor of Arabic
Hugh N Kennedy

Medieval history of Arabic-speaking lands.

  • Tel: +44(0)20 7898 4251
  • Email: hk1@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 436
  • Office Hours: Mon.4.00-5.00/Thurs.11.30-12.30/Email appointment

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: wo@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 435
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays: 3:00 - 4:00 pm; Wednesdays: 12:00-13:00
Stefan Sperl
Professor of Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies
Head of Department
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: ss6@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 433
  • Office Hours: On Sabbatical until September 2018

Senior Lecturers

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: gd5@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 424
  • Office Hours: Friday 5-6pm
Ayman El-Desouky
Senior Lecturer in Arabic and Comparative Literature
Ayman El-Desouky

Comparative Literature, 19th and 20th Century Arabic Literature, hermeneutics, modern philosophy and theory.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4355
  • Email: ad48@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 423
  • Office Hours: Back in September 2018

Marlé Hammond
Senior Lecturer in Arabic Popular Literature and Culture
Marle Hammond

Senior Lecturer in Arabic Popular Literature & Culture.  

  • Tel: 020 7898 4518
  • Email: mh93@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 438
  • Office Hours: On Research Leave in 2017/18
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: kl19@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 365
  • Office Hours: On Research Leave in 2017/18

Christopher Lucas
Chris Lucas

Historical linguistics, Arabic linguistics, the syntax–semantics interface, pragmatics, philosophy of language, Dynamic Syntax, Relevance Theory, Arabic language, Afro-Asiatic languages

  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4318
  • Email: cl39@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 447
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 10-12 by Email Appointment
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: nm46@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 422
  • Office Hours: Wednesday 1-3pm

Mustafa Shah
Senior Lecturer in Islamic Studies
Staff Silhouette
The early Arabic linguistic tradition; classical Islamic theology and jurisprudence
  • Tel: 020 7898 4341
  • Email: ms99@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 434a
  • Office Hours: Tuesday 1.30 to 2.30 and Wednesdays 1-2

Lecturers

Yair Wallach
Pears Lecturer in Israeli Studies
Yair Wallach
  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4337
  • Email: yw11@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 415
  • Office Hours: TERM 1: Tue 3-4, Thu 11-12 / TERM 2: Sabbatical
  • On Sabbatical:Term 2

Senior Fellows

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: nf1@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 440
  • Office Hours: Wednesday 3-4, Thursday 1-2, or by appointment

Principal Lectors

Mohamed I Said
Principal Lector in Arabic
Mohamed I Said
Arabic language teaching
  • Tel: +44(0)20 7898 4353
  • Email: ms15@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 425
  • Office Hours: Mon & Thu 4.30-5.30pm / Wed 4-5 pm / Fri 3-4pm

Senior Lectors

Ahmad Alkhashem
Senior Lector in Arabic
Ahmad Alkhashem
  • Tel: +44(0)20 7898 4208
  • Email: aa40@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 434
  • Office Hours: Tue 9-10am / Wed 12-1pm / email for other times

Tamar Drukker
Senior Lector in Hebrew
Tamar Drukker
Modern Hebrew; medieval literature
  • Tel: 020 7898 4347
  • Email: td4@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 446
  • Office Hours: Thursdays: 13:00 - 15:00 or by appointment

Mona Hammad
Senior Lector in Arabic
Hammad Mona - NME IMG 240, 186, 56
  • Tel: +44(0)20 7898 4271
  • Email: mh102@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 407
  • Office Hours: Mondays and Tuesdays - 10:00 - 11:00

Principal Teaching Fellow

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: ms1@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 429
  • Office Hours: Friday 3-5pm

Teaching Fellows


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: ka13@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 438
  • Office Hours: TERM 1: Monday 1-2pm / ALL YEAR: Friday 10-11am
Helen Blatherwick
Teaching Fellow in Arabic
Research Associate
Staff Silhouette

Classical Arabic literature, Popular literature, Comparative literature

  • Tel: 020 7898 4385
  • Email: hb20@soas.ac.uk
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays: 3 to 4 pm or by appointment


Shabnam Mirafzali
Teaching Fellow in Persian
NME-Shabnam Mirafzali-240
  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4314
  • Email: sa95@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 429
  • Office Hours: Thu 12-2pm, Frid 11am-1pm via Email Appointment

Wael Odeh
Senior Teaching Fellow in Arabic
Wael Odeh
  • Email: wo4@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 441
  • Office Hours: Thursdays: 14.00-15.00 & Fridays 15.00-16.00

Visiting Professors


Visiting Readers


Visiting Language Teacher


Professorial Research Associates


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)




Research Associates

Shirin Akiner
Research Associate
Akiner Shirin - NME IMG - 485 186 56
Politics in Central Asia; gender issues in Central Asia; Islam in Central Asia; Islam, ethnicity, nation building, political change and security in Central Asia.

Helen Blatherwick
Teaching Fellow in Arabic
Research Associate
Staff Silhouette

Classical Arabic literature, Popular literature, Comparative literature

  • Tel: 020 7898 4385
  • Email: hb20@soas.ac.uk
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays: 3 to 4 pm or by appointment