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Navid Saberi-Najafi


  • Ph.D., Comparative Literature, UC Davis
  • M.A., Comparative Literature, UC Davis
  • M.A., English, University of Idaho
  • B.A., English Language and Literature, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad


Navid Saberi-Najafi holds a Ph.D. in comparative literature, and is currently Lecturer in Persian and Program Coordinator at the University of California, Davis. He has over 14 years of experience teaching a vast array of language and literature courses: In Iran, he taught English-language proficiency courses, and in the U.S., he has taught courses on English composition, on comparative literature, and on the Persian language since 2009. At UC Davis, he was one of the co-founders of the Persian Program. Before pursuing his graduate studies in the U.S., Navid Saberi-Najafi was an international relations officer at Ferdowsi University of Mashhad in northeastern Iran.

He has presented and published a comparative paper on the literary portrayal of Christianity in medieval Iran and on that of Islam in medieval England, viz. "The Journey of the Soul in Attar and Langland." Furthermore, in addition to translating a Persian interview, entitled “In Tehran: A Conversation with Iranian Gallerists,” into English, he produced the Persian translation of Article 26 Backpack--a universal human rights tool for academic mobility: «کوله‌پشتی» مادّه‌ی ۲۶ | «کوله‌پشتی» مادّه‌ی ۲۶ (ucdavis.edu). His most recent publication explores the motif of the Sīmurgh in the Rawḍat al-farīqayn--a mysticojurisprudential text.

Research Focus

Classical Persian Literature, Sufism, Islamic Philosophy, Middle English Literature


Selected Publications

Saberi-Najafi, Navid. “The Sīmurgh in Chāch: Bird Symbolism in the Rawḍat al-farīqayn.” The British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies (2021): The Sīmurgh in Chach: bird symbolism in the Rawdat al-fariqayn: British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies: Vol 0, No 0 (tandfonline.com).

Sanā’ī of Ghazna. "On the Merciful God and on the Birds’ Glorifications." Translated, edited, and introduced by Navid Saberi-Najafi. The Stanford Global Medieval Sourcebook (summer 2020). https://sourcebook.stanford.edu/text/merciful-god-and-birds%E2%80%99-glorifications.

Sharafjahan, Rozita, Anahita Ghabaian, Maryam Majd, Masoumeh Mozaffari, and Keivan  Moussavi-Aghdam. Interview by Combiz Moussavi-Aghdam, Talinn Grigor, and Rebecca M. Brown. “In Tehran: A Conversation with Iranian Gallerists.” Translated and edited by Navid Saberi-Najafi. Art Journal 77, no. 4 (Winter 2018): 6-25. http://artjournal.collegeart.org/?p=10857. [invited translation cited by Visiting Arts—a charitable organization that “fosters understanding and compassion between cultures”: http://www.visitingarts.org.uk/programmes/exchange/uk-iran-short-story-translation-residency/iran-resources/

Saberi-Najafi, Navid. “Suhrawardi’s Epistle of the Bird: A New Reading,” abstract, Michigan Academician 43, no. 1-2 (2016): 280, doi: https://doi.org/10.7245/0026-2005-43.1.183. 

Saberi-Najafi, Navid. “The Journey of the Soul in Attar and Langland.” The International Journal of Literary Humanities 11.3 (2014): 27-35. 

Saberi-Najafi, Navid. “Edward W. Said’s Humanism: A Road to Enlightenment and Coexistence.” The International Journal of Critical Cultural Studies: A Section of The International Journal of the Humanities 10.1 (2013): 43-51.

Saberi-Najafi, Navid, and Steve Chandler. “A Shift from the Mainstream Class to the Cross-Cultural Option for ESL Writing Students.” Proceedings of the 2012 Hawaii University International Conferences on Arts & Humanities. January 8th-10th, 2012, Honolulu, Hawaii. [cited here: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=K5zvSEoAAAAJ&hl=en&oi=ao]  

Saberi-Najafi, Navid, and Kazem Rezvani. “The Change of Expression after the Process of Translation in Mohammad Saeedi’s Translation of Oscar Wilde’s Salome.” Motarjem Quarterly, Winter 2005: 113-118. [cited here: http://motarjemjournal.ir/2016/08/683


Elementary and Intermediate Persian


Academic Federation Committee on Research Travel Award (2018)

HArCS Dean’s Summer Fellowship (2014)

Southern Comparative Literature Association Travel Award (2012)

Various awards and grants: 2009-present