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We focus on the deep historical ties between the many and varied cultures, religions, literatures, and languages of the Middle East and South Asia

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Translating Wisdom

During the height of Muslim power in Mughal South Asia, Hindu and Muslim scholars worked collaboratively to translate a large body of Hindu Sanskrit texts into the Persian language. Translating Wisdom reconstructs the intellectual processes and exchanges that underlay these translations.

Professor Milani Receives 2020 Cavaliers' Distinguished Teaching Professorship Award

We are delighted to share the fantastic news that Professor Farzaneh Milani is the recipient of the 2020 Cavaliers' Distinguished Teaching Professorship Award, UVA's most prestigious award and one of the most coveted awards in the Commonwealth of Virginia and the US. Please follow the link below to read more:

https://news.virginia.edu/content/award-winning-teachers-share-their-sec...

Professor Hanadi Al-Samman's Co-Edited Encyclopedia Receives 2020 Dartmouth Medal

We wanted to share the exciting news that Professor Hanadi Al-Samman’s co-edited Global Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer History took home the prestigious Dartmouth Medal at yesterday's awards ceremony at the American Library Association Midwinter Conference. Informally considered the Best Picture Oscar of the reference industry, the Dartmouth is a highly coveted honor and one that Gale (the Encyclopedia’s publisher) last received in 2001.

Samhita Sunya's Middle Eastern & South Asian Film Series

Samhita Sunya has curated a sidebar of 6 films for this year’s edition of the Virginia Film Festival, co-sponsored by the Institute of the Humanities & Global Cultures and Department of Middle Eastern & South Asian Languages & Cultures. As a continuation from last year’s sidebar, Samhita sought accessible, contemporary films that emphasize the linguistic, geographic, and thematic diversity of filmmaking practices connected to the regions of the Middle East & South Asia.

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News & Announcements

MESALC Class of 2020 Congratulatory Video
May 19, 2020
Professor Geeta Patel's “Unforeseen Poet: How I Found Myself in Lyric"
May 19, 2020
Mehr Farooqi's From CAA to Lockdown in New Delhi
April 22, 2020
Professor Milani Receives 2020 Cavaliers' Distinguished Teaching Professorship Award
April 15, 2020
Professor Hanadi Al-Samman's Co-Edited Encyclopedia Receives 2020 Dartmouth Medal
January 28, 2020