Faculty and Staff

Charles Häberl

Associate Professor, Middle Eastern Languages and Literatures, and Chair Charles Häberl


Phone: 848-445-0275

Office: 15 Seminary Place Room 6160, College Avenue Campus

Office Hours: By Appointment; on leave, Fall 2016

Dr. Häberl is Chair and Associate Professor at the Department of African, Middle Eastern, and South Asian Languages and Literatures (AMESALL). He was born and raised in the State of New Jersey, and received his PhD in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University. In addition to teaching Arabic and Aramaic language courses at AMESALL, he also teaches content courses on the modern Middle East in the Middle Eastern Studies Program (MESP), and served as the Director of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies from 2009-2012.

In the past he has served as an Undergraduate Fulbright Faculty Advisor and member of the Advisory Committee for Study Abroad Programs in the Middle East at Rutgers, as well as a juror and panelist for the United States Department of State's "Critical Language Scholarships for Intensive Summer Institutes". He is currently serving as Near East Regional Director for the Endangered Languages Catalogue. Together with James McGrath of Butler University, he received two NEH grants to create a critical edition and translation of the Mandaean Book of John, in 2010 and again in 2012.

Dr. Häberl's primary academic focus is upon the languages of the Middle East, both ancient and modern, and ethnic, linguistic, and religious minorities from the region. He has conducted field work with speakers of several different Semitic and Iranian languages, which has resulted in a monograph on the Neo-Mandaic dialect of Khorramshahr. He is a member of the American Oriental Society (AOS), the Middle East Studies Association (MESA), and the North American Conference on Afroasiatic Linguistics (NACAL). He is a frequent attendee and occasional speaker at their annual meetings, and has convened the NACAL annual meeting on three occasions (San Antonio, 2007, Chicago, 2008, and at Rutgers in 2012).

Select Publications

  • Afroasiatic Studies in Memory of Robert Hetzron: Proceedings of the 35th Annual Meeting of the North American Conference on Afroasiatic Linguistics, ed. Charles G. Haberl (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars, 2009)
  • The Neo-Mandaic Dialect of Khorramshahr, Semitic Viva, ed. Otto Jastrow (Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2009)
  • The Great Treasure of the Mandaeans, a new edition of J. Heinrich Petermann’s Thesaurus s.Liber Magni, with a new introduction and a translation of the original preface by Charles G. Häberl, ed. Jorunn J. Buckley and Charles G. Häberl (Piscataway, NJ: Gorgias, 2007)
  • "Iranian Scripts for Aramaic Languages", in the Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research 341 (2006): 21-30

AMESALL Courses (Past and Present)

  • Introduction to Aramaic
  • Introduction to Middle Eastern Folklore
  • Elementary Arabic I
  • Introduction to the Semitic Languages
  • Introduction to Qur’anic and Classical Arabic