Haidar Khezri

Haidar Khezri


· Ph.D. in Comparative Literature (Arabic & Persian), Damascus University (2011).

· M.A. in Comparative Literature (Arabic & Persian), Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran (2006).

· B.A. in Arabic Language and Literature, Razi University, Kermanshah, Iran (2003).


Additional Certifications:

· ACTFL/ILR OPI Tester Certification in Kurdish/Sorani (2017).

· ACTFL/ILR OPI Tester Certification in Persian/Farsi (2017).

· Certified Trainee, OPI Assessment, English /Arabic, (2015).



Middle Eastern literatures and cultures, comparative literature (including Arabic, Persian, Kurdish, and Turkish), postcolonial studies (internal colonialism), poetry, Middle Eastern minority cultures (Kurdish and Yezidi cultures), Middle Eastern cinema, Arabic, Persian, and Kurdish as second/foreign languages, with fieldwork and archival research in Kurdistan, Iran, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Turkey, Morocco, Germany, and Scotland.



A. Books & Edited Collections

· The Oxford Handbook of Kurdish Linguistics. co-editor. Oxford University Press, 2022.

· Sorani Kurdish: An Elementary Textbook, (currently under design at the Center for Languages of the Central Asian Region, Indiana University Bloomington), 2021.

· It Is Only Sound that Remains: The Life and Legacy of Forough Farrokhzad with a Translation of Two Collections of Her Poetry.  Erbil: Salahaddin University Press, 2016.

· Comparative Literature in Iran and the Arab World, 1903-2012 (first edition, Samt Press, Tehran 2013; second edition, Egyptian Cultural Academy, Cairo 2017).



· “Kurdish as a Stateless Language in the U.S.,” Journal of the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages, 30, 2021 (forthcoming).

· “Internal Colonialism and the Discipline of Comparative Literature in Iran,” Revista Brasileira de Literatura Comparada, v.23, n.43, 2021 (forthcoming).

· Majnun Layla's Roundabout Migrations through Comparative Literature and Post-colonial Interdisciplinarity,” Literature & Interdisciplinary Research, 2 (4), pp 164-190, 2021.

· “From Cairo to Tehran: The Reception of Arabic Comparative Literature in Iran,” Āfāq al-aarah al-Islāmyyah, Institute for Humanities and Cultural Studies, Tehran, 22 (1), pp 105-140, 2020.

· “Arabic Comparative Literature: Intersections with West Asian Literature,” Alif: Journal of Comparative Poetics (New Paradigms in the Study of Middle Eastern Literatures), American University in Cairo, no. 35, pp. 40–67, 2015.

“From Ma‘arrat al-Nu‘mān to Shīrāz: ‘Abu al-‘Alā’ al-Ma‘arrī’s Influence in Fereydūn Tavallalī,” The Journal of Critical and Comparative Literature, Razi University, vol. 4, no. 16, pp. 63-84, 2015.

· “Grim Legacy: Image of Kurds in Turkish Culture,” NuBihar Akademi (international peer-reviewed journal of Kurdish Studies) vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 58-68, 2014.

· “The Image of Damascus in the Poetry of Jalāl al-Dīn al-Rūmī,” al-Turath al-‘Arabi, Arab Writers Union, Damascus, vol. 123, no.124, pp. 259-74, 2012.

· “The Image of Arabs in Persian School Books,” Mukaddime, Mardin Artuklu University, vol. 4. pp. 81-110, 2011.

· “The Influence of Russian Formalism in Comparative Literature,” The Journal of the Iranian Association of Arabic Language and Literature, Tarbiat Modarress University, vol. 10, no. 3, pp.19-37, 2009.

· “Narcissism in the Poetry of 'Omar Ibn ’Abī Rabīcah,” coauthored with Hamed Sedghi and Malek Pirzadnya, Āfāq al-aarah al-Islāmyyah, Institute for Humanities and Cultural Studies, Tehran, no.22, 387-414, 2008.


C. BOOK CHAPTERS (*peer-reviewed)

· “From the Past to the Future, East to the West: Yousef Bakkar and Comparative Literature,” Malʼā al-Sanābil: Dirāsāt Muhdāt ʼilā Yusef Bakkar, ed. 'Abbās 'Abdulḥalīm 'Abbās (Beirut: Dār Ṣādīr), pp. 411-26, 2014.

· “Theory, Time and Space in Comparative Literature in Iran,” Proceedings of the Fourth International Congress of Comparative Literature (Turkey: Kirikkale University Press,) pp. 321-38, 2013*.

· “Comparative Investigations between Persian and Arabic: Past, Present, and Future,” Proceedings of the National Congress of Persian-Arabic Comparative Literature (Kermanshah: Razi University Press,) pp. 437-67, 2012*.

D. Translation

· “Skylight” and “The Heart is Moth Aflame,” translation of Kurdish rubai and ghazal by Malaye Jaziri. Poet Lore, December 2020. With Tyler Fisher.

· “Two Ghazals by Nali,” translation of Kurdish ghazal by Nali. The Brooklynrail, October 2020. With Tyler Fisher.

· "Bird of Breath: Four Rubai," translation of Kurdish rubai by Malaye Jaziri. The Bangalore Review, June 2020. With Tyler Fisher.



· Co-Principal (Co-PI) Investigator with Günther Jikeli & Assad Al-Saleh, Indiana University-Bloomington, “Follow-up Research Project Attitudes Among Syrians in Germany,” ($ 21,500), 2020-2021.

· Co-recipient, with Assad Al-Saleh, Günther Jikeli, and Alvin Rosenfeld, Indiana University President’s International Research Award; “Syrian and Iraqi Refugees in Germany: Antisemitism, Islamism, and Integration,” ($50,000), 2017-2018.

· Bilimsel Araştırma Projeleri (Scientific Research Projects Fund), Mardin Artuklu University, Turkey, “Comparative Literature in Iran and the Arab World 1903-2012,” ($12,000), 2011-2013.



· Kurdish: native in Central Kurdish (Sorani), near-native in Northern Kurdish (Kurmanji) and Southern Kurdish (Kirmashani)

· Persian/Farsi: native

· Arabic: near-native in Classical and Modern Standard Arabic and colloquial Levantine Arabic

· Turkish: intermediate in Ottoman and Modern Turkish

· Azeri: elementary reading knowledge


Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
81508 ARA1120C Ele Arabic Language & Civ Ⅰ Face to Face (P) Tu,Th 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM Unavailable
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81607 ARA1120C Ele Arabic Language & Civ Ⅰ Face to Face (P) Tu,Th 01:30 PM - 02:45 PM Unavailable
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81253 ARA2200 Int Arabic Language & Civ Ⅰ Face to Face (P) Tu,Th 12:00 PM - 01:15 PM Unavailable
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No courses found for Summer 2021.

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
19579 ARA1120C Ele Arabic Language & Civ Ⅰ Mixed-Mode/Reduce Seat-Time(M) M,W 02:30 PM - 03:20 PM Unavailable
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10990 ARA1121C Ele Arabic Language & Civ Ⅱ Mixed-Mode/Reduce Seat-Time(M) M,W 01:30 PM - 02:20 PM Unavailable
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11317 ARA2201 Intermediate Arabic Ⅱ Mixed-Mode/Reduce Seat-Time(M) M,W 10:30 AM - 11:20 AM Unavailable
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Updated: Mar 22, 2021