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Lim ’17 Named Schwarzman Scholar
Dec. 2, 2016

Preston Lim ’17, an NES concentrator who is also working on a Certificate in the History and Practice of Diplomacy, was named a 2018 Schwarzman Scholar. The Schwarzman Scholars program “is a highly selective, one-year master’s program at Tsinghua University in Beijing that is designed to prepare the next generation of global leaders for the…

Bauer *08 and Samin *13 Joint Runners Up for 2016 British-Kuwait Friendship Society Book Prize
Nov. 28, 2016

Karen Bauer (Ph.D. 2008) and Nadav Samin (Ph.D. 2013) shared the Runner Up prize in the 2016 British-Kuwait Friendship Society Book Prize competition.

Bauer won for her book Gender Hierarchy in the Qurʼān: Medieval Interpretations, Modern Responses (Cambridge University Press, 2015), which was…

Al-Ahmad Hired as Lecturer in Arabic
Oct. 14, 2016

Faris Al-Ahmad joined Near Eastern Studies as an Arabic language lecturer in September for the current academic year. Al-Ahmad has previously taught Arabic at Columbia University and at Hunter College. Al-Ahmad earned his B.A. in Arabic-English Translation from the University of Damascus and an M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies from The CUNY…

Balistreri Awarded Lowry Dissertation Writing Fellowship
Aug. 22, 2016

Sixth-year Ph.D. student Alexander Balistreri was awarded the Heath W. Lowry Distinguished Dissertation Writing Fellowship for 2016–17 by the Institute of Turkish Studies. His dissertation, “Creating Nations and States on the Turkish-Caucasian Border, 1850-1950,” examines state- and nation-building in the Turkish-Caucasian…

NES-related Authors in Current Issue of IJMES
July 19, 2016

The International Journal of Middle East Studies 48, no. 3, has a strong contingent of NES-related authors. Assistant professor M’hamed Oualdi contributes the article “Mamluks in Ottoman Tunisia: A Category Connecting State and Social Forces”; Sara Pursley, Lecturer in the Council of the Humanities and Near Eastern Studies and Cotsen…

In Memoriam: Farhat Ziadeh (1917–2016)
June 24, 2016

Professor Emeritus Farhat Ziadeh, the founder of both the Middle East Center, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies and the Department of Near Eastern Languages & Civilization, University of Washington, Passed away on June 8, 2016, at the age of 99 years old.

Born in Ramallah, Ottoman Empire, in 1917, Ziadeh earned his BA…

Zhakevich Hired as Lecturer in Hebrew
June 20, 2016

Philip Zhakevich will join Near Eastern Studies as the Hebrew language lecturer beginning in the 2016–17 academic year. Zhakevich, who has previously taught Hebrew at Columbia and UCLA, earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas, Austin in the Hebrew Bible. His dissertation was titled “The Tools of an Israelite Scribe––A Semantic Study of…

Sheffield Joins NES as Historian of Medieval Iran
June 15, 2016

The Princeton University Board of Trustees approved the appointment of Daniel Sheffield as an assistant professor in Near Eastern Studies. Sheffield, who will teach the history of medieval Iran, was Assistant Professor of the History of the Islamic World before 1850 at the University of Washington during the 2015–16 academic year. He holds a Ph…

Lewis Turns 100
May 31, 2016

Cleveland E. Dodge Professor of Near Eastern Studies, Emeritus, Bernard Lewis celebrates his 100th birthday today. Lewis, who held a joint position in the Department of Near Eastern Studies and the Institute for Advanced Studies from 1974 until his retirement in 1986, has authored many books on the history of Islam, the relations of the Muslim…

Cook wins President's Award for Distinguished Teaching
May 31, 2016

Class of 1943 University Professor of Near Eastern Studies Michael A. Cook received one of four President’s Awards for Distinguished Teaching at Commencement ceremonies Tuesday, May 31.

Cook, who joined the Near Eastern Studies faculty in 1986, “is … a brilliant and extraordinarily devoted teacher,” who “has basically built the…