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Shareah Taleghani

R. Shareah Taleghani

Assistant Professor of Middle East Studies and Arabic

Queens Hall, Room 245D
Phone: 718-997-5570

PhD, New York University, 2009


Professor Taleghani's research focuses on modern Arabic literature and Middle Eastern cultural studies.  Her research interests include the relationships between cultural production, aesthetics and political resistance, narrative theory and human rights discourse, and translation studies.   She is currently working on a book manuscript about contemporary prison literature and human rights in Syria.  


Prof. Taleghani teaches modern Arabic literature in translation, images of the Middle East (with a focus on The 1001 Nights), advanced Arabic reading, Islamic  civilization and literature, and a new literature and film class on dissidence and revolution in the Middle East.

Selected Publications

"'Axising Iran':  The Politics of Domestication and Cultural Translation" in Between the Middle East and the Americas:  The Cultural Politics of Diaspora in the Americas, University of Michigan, 2013.

"The Cocoons of Language:  Torture, Voice, Event" in Human Rights, Suffering, and Aesthetics in Political Prison Literature, Lexington, 2012.​​


 Office Information

Yunzhong Shu
Department Chair
Location: Queens Hall, Room 215
Phone: 718-997-5570
Fax: 718-997-5577

Faculty and Staff Information


Professorial Vacancy

The department is accepting applications for a full-time, tenure-track appointment in Hebrew at the rank of Assistant Professor, to begin in the fall semester of 2019. Learn more about the position and how to apply.

Language Placement

Upcoming Language Placement Exams

Spring - Fall 2018

Arabic: Please ​contact Professor R. Shareah Taleghani, the Arabic language coordinator, ​at for questions regarding screening and placement.

  • ​May 24, 2 - 4 pm (245D QH)
  • ​June 26, 4 - 6 pm (245D QH)
  • August 9, 2 - 4 pm (245D QH)
  • August 22, 3 - 6 pm (245D QH)
  • August 27, 12 - 2 pm (245D QH)

Chinese: Please contact Professor Xiao Li, the Chinese language coordinator, at

Ancient Greek: Please contact Professor Nicholas Cross, the Ancient Greek language coordinator, at

Hebrew: Please contact Professor Deborah Gruber, the Hebrew language coordinator, at

Japanese: Please contact Professor Mari Fujimoto, the Japanese language coordinator, at

Korean: Please contact Professor Seongyeon Ko, the Korean language coordinator, at

Latin: Please contact Professor Nicholas Cross, the Latin language coordinator, at

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