Salim Faraji

Dr. Salim Faraji

Salim Faraji

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Dr. Salim Faraji is Professor and former Chair of Africana Studies at California State University, Dominguez Hills. He is also the founding Executive Director of the Master of Arts in International Studies (MAIS) Africa Program at Concordia University Irvine in Ghana, West Africa. He completed his Master of Divinity at the Claremont School of Theology and M.A. and Ph.D. at Claremont Graduate University. He is a member of the International Society for Nubian Studies and specializes in early Christian history, Africana and Africanist historiography, Coptic Studies and the Kerma, Napatan, Meroitic and Medieval periods of Nubian history. He has presented papers on Nubian Christianity at the 11th International Conference for Meroitic Studies in Vienna, Austria and the 12th and 13th International Conferences for Nubian Studies at the British Museum and the Université de Neuchâtel, Switzerland, respectively. More recently Dr. Faraji presented “The Ascendancy of the Kushite Kingdom of Kerma in the Post Middle Kingdom Era: Revisiting the Second Intermediate Period of Ancient Egypt” at the 14th International Conference for Nubian Studies at the University of Paris-Sorbonne/Louvre Museum. Dr. Faraji is also a founding member of the William Leo Hansberry Society and a member of the American Sudanese Archaeological Research Center (AmSARC). He is one of a handful of Nubiologists in the United States and the only Africana Studies scholar in the country who is also a Coptic Studies specialist. Professor Faraji is a contributor to Romans, Barbarians, and the Transformation of the Roman World, the Encyclopedia of African Religion, the Oxford Dictionary of African Biography and the author of The Roots of Nubian Christianity Uncovered: The Triumph of the Last Pharaoh.

Academic Presentations (2010 - Present)

22nd St. Shenouda-UCLA Conference of Coptic Studies
Lecture Presentation: “Reflecting Ancient Egyptian Magic & Coptic Ritual Power: A Consideration of Funerary Prayer Inscriptions in Medieval Christian Nubia” (July 2021), UCLA, Los Angeles, CA

International University of Africa, Dept of Archaeology
Lecture-Interview Presentation: “Multiculturalism and Multilingualism in Late Antique Nubia” ( March 2021), Khartoum, Sudan

Pacific School of Religion and UC Berkeley Archaeological Research Facility
Lecture Presentation: “Nubian Ascendancy in the Middle Kingdom: Exploring the Foundations of Kushite Rule During the 2nd Intermediate Period” ( October 2020), Berkeley, CA

21st St. Shenouda-UCLA Conference of Coptic Studies
Lecture Presentation: “Athanasius and Ancient Egyptian Metaphysics: Forging Christology, Creed and Canon” (August 2020), UCLA, Los Angeles, CA

Articles and Chapters

“Rediscovering the Links between the Earthen Pyramids of West Africa and Ancient Nubia: Restoring William Leo Hansberry’s Vision of Ancient Kush & Sudanic Africa” Journal of Ancient Egyptian Interconnections, (Forthcoming).

“Nubian Ascendancy in the Middle Kingdom: Exploring the Foundations of Kushite Rule During the 2nd Intermediate Period,” Etudes Nubiennes 2018: Proceedings of the 14th International Conference for Nubian Studies in Paris September 10-15, 2018, eds., Vincent Rondot, Marie Millet, Pierre Tallet, Frédéric Payraudeau (Musée du Louvre and Sorbonne Université, Forthcoming).