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Professor Emeritus Jerome Clinton dies

Jerome W. Clinton, professor emeritus of Near Eastern studies and a scholar of Iranian culture and society at Princeton University, died of cancer Nov. 7. He was 66.

Clinton taught Persian language and literature, as well as courses in Near Eastern literature, translation, classical Islamic civilization and the cultural history of Iran. His most widely acclaimed work was the study and translation of the Iranian national epic, the Shahnama (The Book of Kings).

"He was a treasured colleague, whose humanity and profound integrity was respected by all who knew him," said Andras Hamori, chair of the Department of Near Eastern Studies.

Clinton's work "helped define the field of Shahnama studies for over two decades and his translations of episodes from it have been a staple of university classrooms," said Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak, professor of Persian language and literature at the University of Washington in Seattle.

The full story is available in a news release.

Contact: Eric Quinones (609) 258-3601

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