John L. Hayes

Job title: 
Lecturer Emeritus in Arabic and Comparative Semitics; CMES Senior Research Scholar
Middle Eastern Languages & Cultures

John Hayes received his Ph.D. from the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at UCLA in 1984. Since then he has taught at Cal, with occasional visiting stints elsewhere. His principal interests are Semitic linguistics; the history of Arabic and the grammatical study of Arabic; Sumerian; the contemporary Middle East. Dr. Hayes is a recipient of an Honorary Membership in the Golden Key International Honor Society.

Courses taught by Dr. Hayes include: Semitics 100A-B: Aramaic; Semitics 205A-B: Ugaritic; Semitics 209A-B: Northwest Semitic epigraphy; Semitics 200A: Comparative Semitics; Arabic 107: Historical and Geographical Texts; Arabic 108: Islamic texts; Arabic 200: Arabic Grammatical Tradition; Arabic 202: History of Arabic; NES 10: Intro. To the Middle East


Manual of Sumerian Grammar and Texts, Second edition. Malibu: Undena Publications, 2000.

(ed) Judaism and Islam: Boundaries, Communication, and Interaction. With Benjamin H. Hary and Fred Astren. Leiden: Brill, 2000.

“The Integration of Romance Vocabulary in Maltese,” Romance Philology 54:393-405, 2001.

Dr. Hayes is currently working on three publications: a revised and expanded third edition of his Manual of Sumerian; a morphological analysis of Old Babylonian Royal Letters (with Prof. Giorgio Buccellati of UCLAP; and a popular history of the Battle of Tours in 732AD.