Wheeler Thackston

Wheeler Thackston

Wheeler M. Thackston, Jr. (born 1944) is an Orientalist and distinguished editor and translator of numerous Chaghatai, Arabic and Persian literary and historical sources.

Thackston is a graduate of Princeton's Oriental Studies department and Harvard's Near Eastern Studies department (Ph.D., 1974), where he has been Professor of the Practice of Persian and other Near Eastern Languages since 1972. He studied at Princeton under Martin Dickson and at Harvard with Annemarie Schimmel.

His best known works are Persian and Classical and Koranic Arabic grammars and his translations of the "Baburnama", the memoirs of the Mughal prince and emperor Babur, and the memoirs of Emperor Jehangir, or the "Jehangirnama". He has also produced important manuals or editions of texts in Lebanese Arabic, Ottoman Turkish, Syriac, Uzbek, Luri, and Kurdish.

He has also studied Urdu and Sindhi but has not published texts from these languages.

Thackston has retired from his position at the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University. [ [http://www.fas.harvard.edu/~nelc/NELCGradStuHandbook07-08.pdf "Harvard University Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations: Graduate Student Handbook 2007-2008"] - lists EMERITUS/RETIRED FACULTY: Wilson Bishai, Frank Moore Cross, Richard N. Frye, James Kugel (senior associate), Thomas O. Lambdin (senior associate), Muhsin Mahdi, William L. Moran, A. I. Sabra, Annemarie Schimmel, Wheeler M. Thackston, Jr.]


External links

* [http://www.fas.harvard.edu/~nelc/faculty/thackston.htm Professor Wheeler Thackston's page at Harvard University, NELC]
* [http://www.fas.harvard.edu/~iranian/ Professor Thackston's Sorani and Kurmanji Kurdish grammars]

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