SOAS University of London

Department of History, School of History, Religions & Philosophies

Dr Nadia Ait Said-Ghanem

PhD (SOAS), MA (EPHE, Paris), BA (SOAS)
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Department of History, School of History, Religions & Philosophies

British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr Nadia Ait Said-Ghanem
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British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow attached to the School of Oriental and African Studies (2019-2021). I studied Arabic, Akkadian, and Sumerian at SOAS, London, and comparative linguistics, Ugaritic and Ge’ez at the ICP (Institut Catholique de Paris, France). My PhD examines Old Babylonian omens to describe their sentence structure using Arabic grammatical concepts and functionalist theory.

Current Projects:

  • The Psychology of Desire and Anguish in Old Babylonian Omens (British Academy funded)
  • Colophon types on the tablets of the Ashurbanipal Library (volunteer on the Ashurbanipal Library Project, The British Museum, Middle East Department)


  •  2018 - Using Arabic grammatical concepts to study Old Babylonian omens - new perspectives on the grammar and meaning of accusative-initial sentences, paper presented at the Arab Doctoral Student Based in the West Conference at the Doha Institute, Doha, Qatar.
  • 2016  - Ce que nous enseignent les listes lexicales de Mésopotamie ancienne, paper presented during the conference of the High Council for Berber Studies on producing dictionaries in Tamazight, University of Béjaïa, Algeria.
  • 2013 - Old Babylonian omen sentence constructions: investigating Old Babylonian omens using Arabic Grammatical Theory, paper presented during Arabic in Context: 400 years of Arabic, Leiden, Holland.
  • 2012 - TheNominalandVerbalSentenceinOldBabylonianOmenTexts:Aninvestigationof sentence structures using Arabic grammar, paper presented at the Oxford Postgraduate Conference in Assyriology, Wolfson College, Oxford, UK





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Ait Said-Ghanem, Nadia (2019) 'Reassessing the “casus pendens”: a case study of Old Babylonian omen protases and apodoses'. Revue d'assyriologie et d'archéologie orientale, (2018/1) 112, pp 91-101.

Book Reviews

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Ait Said-Ghanem, Nadia (2020) 'Glassner, Jean-Jacques. Le Devin historien en Mésopotamie (Ancient Magic and Divination 16).'. Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, (83) 1, pp 129-130.


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