Hossein Kamaly Appointed Middle East and Jewish Studies Librarian


NEW YORK, September 28, 2004 - The Area Studies Division at Columbia University Libraries has appointed Hossein Kamaly as the new Middle East and Jewish Studies librarian, effective September 1, 2004.

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"Hossein is a well-published scholar who has specialized in Medieval Islamic history," explained David Magier, South/Southeast Asia librarian and Director of Area Studies. "His scholarly work and library research, his close integration with Columbia’s students and faculty in Middle East Studies, and his broad language skills will all serve him well in his new position."

Kamaly served on the faculty as adjunct instructor and as teaching assistant for a wide range of courses on Islam and Middle East related topics at Columbia, Hunter College and Brooklyn College. He received his Ph.D. in History from Columbia in 2004, and holds an M.A. in History from Columbia and an M.S. in Mathematics from NYU.

Kamaly's professional experiences include serving as a simultaneous translator at the United Nations, assistant editor of Encyclopedia Iranica, and computer network administrator at the Iranian Mission to the United Nations.

Area Studies at Columbia University Libraries consists of individual libraries providing region specific research-level collections, services, and resources. The individual libraries include: African Studies; Latin American and Iberian Studies; Middle East and Jewish Studies; Russian, Eurasian and East European Studies; and South and Southeast Asian Studies. For additional information about Area Studies, please contact David Magier, director, Area Studies, 212-854-8046 or magier@columbia.edu.

Columbia University Libraries is one of the top ten academic library systems in the nation, with 9.2 million volumes, over 65,650 serials, as well as extensive collections of electronic resources, manuscripts, rare books, microforms, and other nonprint formats. The collections and services are organized into 25 libraries, supporting specific academic or professional disciplines. Columbia Libraries employs more than 400 professional and support staff to assist faculty, students, and researchers in their academic endeavors. The Libraries’ website at http://www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb/ is a gateway to its print and electronic collections and to its services.

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