Professor of Semitic Philology
Chairman of the Faculty Board, Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
Departments and Institutes
Current research projects in the field of Hebrew include two volumes relating to Karaite texts, an edition of texts on the Tiberian reading tradition of Hebrew, and a linguistic analysis of Karaite Hebrew Bible manuscripts in Arabic transcription. Aramaic research concentrates on the North-Eastern Neo-Aramaic dialects, and current work includes a grammar of the Assyrian Christian dialect of Urmi. Arabic research concentrates on early Arabic documents, and including a corpus of Arabic documents from Nubia datable to the Fatimid period.
The Jewish Neo-Aramaic Dialect of Sanandaj (Gorgias, Piscataway, 2009), 631pp.
The Jewish Neo-Aramaic Dialect of Urmi (Gorgias, Piscataway, 2008), 624pp.
Neo-Aramaic Dialect Studies, editor, (Gorgias, Piscataway, 2008), 204pp.
The Neo-Aramaic Dialect of Barwar. 3 vols.Vol. 1 Grammar. Vol. 2 Lexicon. Vol. 3 Texts. (Brill, Leiden, 2008), 2175pp.
Arabic Documents from Early Islamic Khurasan (Nour Foundation, London, 2008), 183pp.