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Haidar Khezri, Ph.D., Visiting Scholar


Haidar Khezri


Dr. Haidar Khezri is a former Assistant Professor in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures and Kurdish Language and Culture at Mardin Artuklu University in Turkey. He is interested in research in comparative literature (Persian, Arabic, Kurdish, and Turkish), poetry, critical theory, post-colonial literature, gender studies, and modernism. He holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Damascus University, as well as a Master of Arts and Sciences in the same discipline from Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran.


An expert in the field, Dr. Khezri has recently published his work entitled Comparative Literature in Iran and the Arab World, 1903 - 2012. His work It is Only Sound that Remains, which details the life and poetry of Forūgh-i Farrukhzād, including Kurdish translations of two collections of Forough's poetry (Another Birth and Let Us Believe in the Beginning of the Cold Season) is due to be published in late 2014. Additionally, Dr. Khezri has published on topics ranging from Kurdish identity to Jerusalem in Persian literature. His current project, a translation of Kafka's Message by Sadegh Hedayat is set to be completed in late 2014, as well.


Among other things, Dr. Khezri is currently working with Indiana University faculty in developing a Kurdish language curriculum which will, in turn, provide valuable insight into the world of Kurdish literature and culture to Indiana University -- Bloomington students. Dr. Khezri has experience in teaching Kurdish and Persian grammar and conversation, Kurdish literature, contemporary and comparative Persian literature, Arabic literature, translation, and writing methodolgy. In addition, he has proficiency in 5 different languages, including English, Persian, Kurdish, Arabic, and Turkish.


Dr. Khezri can be reached via email at, or via his office number at (812) 855-4221


Please see Dr. Haidar Khezri's attached CV here