Najm A. Bezirgan, associate professor of middle eastern
languages and cultures, died on December 25, 1979. He was 48.
Professor Bezirgan was born on April 12, 1931, in Iraq.
He earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Baghdad in 1956.
He was awarded his PhD from the University of Manchester in 1965.
Prior to joining the faculty of The University of Texas
at Austin in 1967, Dr. Bezirgan taught at the University of Baghdad
and worked as an assistant editor of the Oxford English-Arabic Dictionary.
Professor Bezirgan was coauthor of Elementary Standard Arabic
and Modern Standard Arabic: Intermediate Level. Both books have
been used in public schools throughout the United States and abroad.
Professor Bezirgan was a nationally recognized authority
in Arabic and Islamic philosophy. He was also a regular contributor
to International Bibliography, a publication ofthe Modern
Language Association of America.
John R. Durbin, Secretary
The General Faculty
Biographical sketch prepared by Teresa Palomo Acosta
and posted on the Faculty Council web site on November 17, 2000.
Additional biographical sources can be found in the UT Office
of Public Affairs.