Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations

Faculty List

Professors Emeriti 
E. Birnbaum, BA, Dipl OAS 
P.E. Dion, L Th, L SS, Ph D 
L.V. Golombek, MA, Ph D, FRSC (ROM) 
A.K. Grayson, MA, Ph D, FRSC 
A. Jwaideh, MA, B Litt, D Phil 
A. Pietersma, BA, BD, Ph D 
D.B. Redford, MA, Ph D, FRSC 
E.J. Revell, MA, Ph D, FRSC (V) 
R.M. Savory, MA, Ph D, FRSC (T) 
R.F.G. Sweet, MA, Ph D 

Associate Professors Emeriti 
J.R. Blackburn, MA, Ph D
M. Brosius, D Phil
H. Dajani-Shakeel, MA, Ph D 
L. Garshowitz, MA, Ph D 
E.J. Keall, BA, Ph D (ROM)
L. Northrup, MA, Ph D
R. Sandler, MA, Ph D 
B.T. Lawson, MA, Ph D 

Senior Lecturer Emeritus 
R.T. Lutz, MA 

Professor and Chair 
T.P. Harrison, MA, Ph D 

P-A. Beaulieu, MA, Ph D
H. Fox, MS, Ph D 
A. Harrak, MA, Ph D 
R.D. Holmstedt, MA, Ph D 
R.J. Leprohon, MA, Ph D 
J.A. Reilly, MA, Ph D
W. Saleh, MA, Ph D
M.E. Subtelny, BA, Ph D 
M. Tavakoli-Targhi, MA, Ph D (UTM) 

Associate Professors
A-K. Ali, MA, Ph D
K. Goebs, MA, Ph D 
K.A. Grzymski, MA, Ph D (ROM) 
J.P. Hanssen, D Phil (UTM)
R. Mason, MA, Ph D (ROM) 
T. Meacham, MA, Ph D 
S. Metso, MA, Ph D
J. Miller, MA, Ph D
V. Ostapchuk, BA, Ph D 
M-A. Pouls Wegner, BA, Ph D 
E. Raffaelli, MA, Ph D (UTM)
C. Reichel, MA, Ph D (ROM)
A. Taleghani, MA, Ph D (UTM)

Assistant Professors
H. Bahoora, MA, Ph D
H. Baker, MA, Ph D
N. Moumtaz, MA, Ph D
A. Porter, MA, Ph D
F. Ragheb, MA


The Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations is concerned with the interdisciplinary study of the civilizations and cultures of the Near and Middle East from Neolithic times until the present, including their archaeology, history, mythology, religion and thought, art and architecture, and languages and literatures (Akkadian, Babylonian, Sumerian, ancient Egyptian, Coptic, Aramaic, Syriac, Hebrew, Arabic, Ge'ez, Persian and Turkish). The Department’s programs provide students with a unique opportunity to study non-Western complex societies and civilizations.

The Near East is generally understood to refer to the region at the eastern end of the Mediterranean and beyond, from ancient times up to the advent of Islam in the seventh century CE. The Middle East begins with the advent of Islam and refers to a much broader geographical area whose predominant Islamic culture in medieval and modern times has stretched to North Africa and Spain in the west and to Central Asia, India, and Southeast Asia in the east. p

The Department welcomes students of all academic backgrounds who wish to learn about the Near and Middle East. NMC101H1NMC102H1 and NMC104H1 introduce students to the ancient Near East, including ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, and Israel, while NMC103H1 introduces students to the Islamic world. Students pursuing a Specialist or Major program are required to take two of these Gateway courses and are given the option to enrol in one of four streams: an open stream, an ancient stream, a medieval stream, or a modern stream.

Many courses offered in the Department do not require any knowledge of the languages of the region. However, the Department strongly believes that a deeper understanding of the civilizations and cultures of the Near and Middle East can be achieved through the study of one or more of its languages. In fact, admission to a graduate program in NMC requires the applicant to have acquired a background in the relevant languages. For more detailed information about programs and courses offered in a particular year, students should consult the Department’s web site:

Undergraduate Enquiries should be directed to the Undergraduate Co-ordinator, 4 Bancroft Avenue, Room 200 (