Intensive Courses

Thanks to a number of generous grants from the David A. Gardner ’69 Magic Project, over the last few years the Near Eastern Studies Department at Princeton University has organized a series of short, intensive courses for graduate students on a variety of subjects in the broad field of Islamic studies not normally covered in the Princeton curriculum. In each case, an internationally recognized expert has been brought in to teach the course over a period of five weekdays during the midterm break of the spring semester or during the summer. The next course has not yet been scheduled, and at this time the topic and instructor have not been chosen. Graduate students at Princeton and other universities will be eligible to apply. Unfortunately, in order to maintain the character of these courses we have to limit the number of places. As in past years, we hope to be able to extend some assistance to students from out of town with respect to the expenses of travel and accommodation.

If you know of others who might be interested in these courses, feel free to let them know.

Future course:

    Date: To be determined
    Topic: To be determined  
    Instructor: To be determined


Previous courses:

(13) 2018 (May 28–June 1)
       Topic: Pre-Islamic Arabia
       Instructor: Christian Robin
(12) 2017 (August 21–August 25)
      Topic: Arabic Papyrology
       Instructor: Petra Sijpesteijn
(11) 2016 (August 29–September 2)
      Topic: Greco-Arabic Tradition
       Instructor: Dimitri Gutas
(10) 2015 (May 11–15)
      Topic: Christian Arabic
       Instructor: Alexander Treiger (Dalhousie University)
(9) 2014 (June 9–13)
    Topic: Arabic Manuscripts and Early Qur’ans
    Instructor: François Déroche (École pratique des hautes études)
(8) 2012 (March 19–23):
    Topic: Islamic numismatics  
    Instructor: Professor Stefan Heidemann (University of Hamburg)
 (7) 2011 (June 6–24)
    Topic: Arabic dialectology
    Instructors: Professors Dr. Werner Arnold (Heidelberg) and Dr. Otto Jastrow (Tallinn) 
 (6) 2010 (March 15–19):
    Topic: Sayyids/sharifs: the kinsfolk of the Prophet in Muslim
    Instructor: Professor Kazuo Morimoto (Tokyo)
 (5) 2009 (March 16–20):
    Topic: Arabic dialectology
    Instructor: Professor Dr Otto Jastrow (Tallinn)
 (4) 2008 (March 17–21):
    Topic: Middle Iranian philology
    Instructor: Professor Nicholas Sims-Williams (SOAS, University of
 (3) 2007 (March 19–23):
    Topic: Arabic papyri
    Instructor: Professor Geoffrey Khan (Cambridge)
(2) 2006 (March 20–24):
    Topic: Islamic coins
    Instructor: Dr Lutz Ilisch (Tübingen)
 (1) 2004 (October 25–29):
    Topic: Arabic manuscripts
    Instructor: Dr Adam Gacek (McGill)