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Dr. Åke Sjöberg, Professor of Assyriology in the department from 1966 to 1996, passed away August 8 in his native Sweden, just a week after celebrating his 90th birthday. Known for his incredible sense of humor, Dr. Sjöberg was a driving force behind the Sumerian Dictionary Project and the conservation of thousands of stone Sumerian tablets at the University Museum. Dr. Jeffrey Tigay, who worked alongside Dr. Sjöberg for many years, said "He was a superb scholar and a wonderful, warm, welcoming colleague, just the kind of person who made the department such a great place for all of us to work."


Adnan Zulfiqar, PhD candidate in Arabic & Islamic Studies and recent graduate of PENN Law, was featured on a recent BBC broadcast. He was interviewed on his insights and interpretations of recent events in Turkey. The full interview can be seen on YouTube here: Adnan Zulfiqar on the BBC


Kathleen Norland Human Rights First is next stop for fellowship winner Kathleen Norland

Penn Law student Kathleen Norland L’13 has been awarded the inaugural 2013-14 ACE Rule of Law & Human Rights Fellowship. This innovative post-graduate fellowship, given annually to a Penn Law student or recent graduate pursuing an international public-interest career, supports a year of work with Human Rights First, a preeminent legal advocacy organization.


 

Bensalem Himmich and Roger Allen   Bensalem Himmich and Roger Allen

Dr. Roger Allen has been named the 2012 winner of the Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for his translation of the Arabic novel A Muslim Suicide by Bensalem Himmich, published by Syracuse University Press. The judges' decision was unanimous. The award ceremony will be held at King's Place in London on February 4, 2013. More information on the prize, the nominees and the award ceremony can be found on The Banipal Trust for Arabic Literature website at http://www.banipaltrust.org.uk/prize/award2012.cfm. Congratulations, Dr. Allen!


Congratulation to Dr. David Stern! He has been selected as the Radcliffe Institute fellow at Harvard University for the 2011-2012 academic year. Dr. Stern will work on his project, A History of the Jewish Book from Antiquity to the Present Day: The Biographies of 120 Books.


We are proud to announce that Dr. Heather Sharkey has received the 2011 Charles Ludwig Distingued Teaching Award.  Established in 2004 by the College Alumni Society, the award was named in memory of the organization’s long-time president. It recognizes School of Arts and Sciences standing faculty members who show an extraordinary commitment to the engagement of students as active and interactive participants in the learning process.
Says Dr. Sharkey, "I'm particularly gratified by this award because it relies so heavily on students' nominations."
Congratulations, Dr. Sharkey!


 

Paul M. Cobb, Associate Professor of Medieval Islamic History, has published a new book, co-edited with Antoine Borrut, entitled "Umayyad Legacies: Medieval Memories from Syria to Spain" (Leiden: E. J. Brill, 2010), a collections of papers on Islam's first dynasty from an international, interdisciplinary conference he organized in Damascus in 2006.