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Geoffrey Allan Khan FBA, (b. 1 February 1958, Cheltenham, United Kingdom) is a British linguist, hebraist and syriacist, the Regius Professor of Hebrew at the University of Cambridge, a post he has held since 2012.[1] He has published grammars for the Aramaic dialects of Barwari, Qaraqosh, Erbil, Sulaymaniyah and Halabja in Iraq, and Urmia and Sanandaj in Iran and leads the North-Eastern Neo-Aramaic Database.[2]

Geoffrey Khan
Born (1958-02-01) February 1, 1958 (age 61)
Alma materSchool of Oriental and African Studies
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Cambridge
ThesisExtraposition and Pronominal Agreement in Semitic Languages (1984)


Khan was born in Cheltenham and went to school in Middlesbrough.[3] In 1984, he gained his Ph.D. from the School of Oriental and African Studies with a thesis entitled Extraposition and Pronominal Agreement in Semitic Languages. He became a researcher at the Cambridge University Library (1983-1993), working on the Cairo Genizah manuscripts. He then joined the University of Cambridge’s Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies in 1993. In 2002, he was appointed Professor of Semitic Philology in Cambridge.[4]

His main area of research is in linguistics studies of Hebrew and Aramaic while the focus of his Aramaic research is on North-Eastern Neo-Aramaic Dialects.[citation needed]



  1. ^ "Geoffrey Allan KAHN". Debretts. Retrieved 23 January 2013.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Sabar, Ariel (February 2013). "How to Save a Dying Language". Smithsonian Magazine. Retrieved 11 February 2013.
  3. ^ "Genizah Fragments Volume 6". The Taylor-Schechter Genizah Research Unit. Retrieved 13 March 2012.
  4. ^ "Hebrew & Semitic Studies Teaching Staff". University of Cambridge. Archived from the original on 16 March 2012. Retrieved 13 March 2012.
Academic offices
Preceded by
Robert Gordon
Regius Professor of Hebrew (Cambridge)
Succeeded by