Benjamin Hary


Winship Distinguished Research Professor in Middle Eastern Studies, Linguistics and Jewish Studies

Office: S-309 Callaway Center

Phone: 404.727.7942


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Benjamin Hary received a B.A. in Arabic and Hebrew from Hebrew University in Jerusalem (1976), and M.A. (1979) and Ph.D. (1987) in Near Eastern Studies from the University of California at Berkeley. He has been teaching at Emory since 1987. Professor Hary's teaching and research interests include Judeo-Arabic language and linguistics, the Jewish linguistic spectrum, Arabic linguistics and dialectology, corpus linguistics, sociolinguistics, language and religion, and Hebrew and Arabic second language acquisition. He has received a number of teaching awards, including the Emory Williams Distinguished Teaching Award in 1998 and the Emory Institute of International and Comparative Studies International Teaching Award in 2004. In 2010 Hary was appointed the Winship Distinguished Research Professor in the Humanities at Emory University. His major publications include Multiglossia in Judeo-Arabic (Brill, 1992) and Translating Religion: Linguistic Analysis of Judeo-Arabic Sacred Texts from Egypt (Brill, 2009). He also co-edited with J. Hayes and F. Astren Judaism and Islam -- Boundaries, Communication, and Interaction (Brill, 2000), Corpus Linguistics and Modern Hebrew (Tel Aviv, 2003) and (with H. Ben-Shammai) Esoteric and Exoteric Aspects in Judeo-Arabic Culture (Brill, 2006). In addition, he published over thirty articles on Judeo-Arabic, Arabic linguistics, corpus linguistics, and more. Current projects include Sacred Texts in Judeo-Arabic: The Tradition of Šar in Egyptian Judeo-Arabic and a wide-ranging examination of Jewish languages as well as the connections between language, nationalism and religion.