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Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

24 September 2021
Professor Geoffrey Khan has been awarded an ERC Advanced Grant for his project entitled Echoes of Vanishing Voices in the Mountains: A Linguistic History of Minorities in the Near East. This month an interdisciplinary team of specialists in Aramaic and Iranian Studies will start under his direction at the Department of Middle Eastern Studies. Together they will attempt to unravel the intertwined histories of the Aramaic, Kurdish and Gorani speech communities. The project will run during the academic years 2021-2025 and aims to reconstruct the complex, socioreligious past of the disappearing indigenous communities who were once more widespread across West Asia from the first millennium BC well into the Islamic period.