Princeton To Temporarily House Geniza Collection of Ancient Hebrew and Arabic Cocuments
April 12, 2016

The Jewish Theological Seminary of America's renowned Geniza Collection will be housed temporarily in the Princeton University Library while JTS, located in New York City, rebuilds its library. At Princeton, the collection will be housed in the Manuscripts Division of the Department of Rare…

Reynolds Named NYPL Cullman Center Fellow
April 12, 2016

Associate professor Michael A. Reynolds has been named a 2016–2017 fellow at the New York Public Library’s Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers. “At the Cullman Center he will be working on a biography of Enver Pasha (1881–1922), the hero of the Ottoman Constitutional Revolution of 1908, a member of the…

Gribetz article appears in IJMES
April 7, 2016

Assistant professor Jonathan Gribetz’s article, “When The Zionist Idea Came to Beirut: Judaism, Christianity, and the Palestine Liberation Organization's Translation of Zionism,” has been published in International Journal of Middle East Studies 48, no. 2 (2016). IJMES is the flagship journal of the Middle East…

Two New Publications for NES Graduate Student Zach Foster
Feb. 10, 2016

Fifth-year Ph.D. graduate student Zach Foster has published two articles. The first, “Was Jerusalem Part of Palestine? The Forgotten City of Ramla, 900–1900,” appeared online on February 6 in the British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies. Its abstract follows:

“When the Muslims conquered the Levant in the…

New Publication by Michael A. Reynolds
Feb. 10, 2016

Volume XVII of Princeton Papers: Interdisciplinary Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, “Constellations of the Caucasus: Empires, Peoples, and Faiths,” has been published by Markus Wiener Publishers. Under the guest editorship of Near Eastern Studies Associate Professor Michael A. Reynolds, the issue includes an…

Gribetz's Defining Neighbors named a Choice Outstanding Academic Title of 2015.
Feb. 3, 2016

Assistant professor Jonathan Gribetz’s first book, Defining Neighbors: Religion, Race, and the Early Zionist-Arab Encounter (Princeton University Press, 2014), was named a Choice Outstanding Academic Title in 2015. In its review of the book, Choice wrote: "In the ever-growing and highly saturated field of Arab-Israeli…

New Publication by Graduate Student Balistreri
Nov. 3, 2015

The latest issue of Die Welt des Islams (55:2) has published an article by NES graduate student Alexander E. Balistreri. The article is entitled, "Turkey's Forgotten Political Opposition: The Demise of KadirbeyoÄŸlu Zeki Bey." Earlier this year, Balistreri's article had been selected as the winner of Brill Publishers' first "Middle…

Rustow Named 2015 MacArthur Fellow
Oct. 7, 2015

Marina Rustow, Khedouri A. Zilkha Professor of Jewish Civilization in the Near East and Professor of Near Eastern Studies and History, was named one of twenty-four MacArthur Fellows for 2015. “The MacArthur Fellows Program awards unrestricted fellowships to talented individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their…

In Memoriam: Shahab Ahmed (1966–2015)
Oct. 6, 2015

Shahab Ahmed, Lecturer on Law and Research Fellow in Islamic Legal Studies at Harvard Law School, passed away on September 17, 2015. Ahmed earned his Ph.D. from the Department of Near Eastern Studies in 1999, writing his dissertation on “The Satanic Verses Incident in the Memory of the Early Muslim Community: An Analysis of the Early Riwa?yahs…

NES now on Facebook!
Sept. 25, 2015

The Near Eastern Studies Department now has its own Facebook page. Check us out at