Expanded Digitization of Islamic Manuscripts
Aug. 25, 2015

A generous grant from the Virginia and Richard Stewart Memorial Fund, through Princeton University’s Council of the Humanities, has made it possible for the Princeton University Library to expand online digital access to its extensive holdings of Islamic manuscripts. More than 1,200 digitized Islamic manuscripts are now available for study…

New Publication by Cyrus Schayegh
Aug. 7, 2015

The Routledge Handbook of the History of the Middle East Mandates, edited by Cyrus Schayegh and former NES postdoc Andrew Arsan, has been published by Routledge. 

The Routledge Handbook of the History of the Middle East Mandates marks a groundbreaking contribution to the fields of twentieth century…

In Memoriam: Patricia Crone (July 11, 2015)
July 24, 2015

Patricia Crone, Andrew W. Mellon Professor Emerita in the School of Historical Research at the Institute for Advanced Study and a long-time contributor to scholarly life in Near Eastern Studies, most recently as Lecturer with the Rank of Full Professor, passed away on July 11 following a long fight against cancer.

The author of many…

2015 NES Departmental Prizes and Honors
June 1, 2015

Near Eastern Studies held its 2015 Class Day Reception on June 1 in 1915 Hall. At the reception, the Department and Program presented this year’s prize winners and announced departmental honors. Conor Dube received Highest Honors; Mason Herson-Hord and Filipa Ioannou both…

Haykel Named Old Dominion Professor for 2015–16
April 27, 2015

Professor Bernard Haykel, a historian of the Arabian Peninsula and a scholar of Islamic law and Islamic political movements, was named an Old Dominion Professor for the 2015–15 academic year. The Old dominion Professorship “program is designed to provide additional research time for faculty members and to enhance the humanities community more…

Weiss named 2015 Andrew Carnegie Fellow
April 22, 2015

Associate Professor of History and Near Eastern Studies Max Weiss has been selected as one of 32 Andrew Carnegie Fellows in the “inaugural class of a major annual fellowship program that will provide support for scholars in the social sciences and humanities. The Fellows will receive awards of up to $200,000 each, which will enable them to take…

New Publication by Grad Student Olidort
March 10, 2015

Sixth-year Ph.D. student Jacob Olidort’s analysis paper, “The Politics of ‘Quietist’ Salafism,” was published in late February by the Brookings Institution for the The Brookings Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World.


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New Publication by Grad Student Bunzel
March 10, 2015

The Brookings Institution has published an analysis, “From Paper State to Caliphate: The Ideology of the Islamic State,” written by third-year Ph.D. student Cole Bunzel for The Brookings Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World (Analysis Paper No. 19, March 2015)

The paper may be read at:

Grad Student Bunzel Appears on Charlie Rose
Feb. 11, 2015

Click on the link below to see third-year Ph.D. student Cole Bunzel interviewed by Charlie Rose about the Islamic State (ISIS), Jordan, the UAE, and the state of affairs in the Middle East.

NES Grad Student Balistreri Wins 1st Middle East and Islamic Studies Early-Career Paper Prize
Feb. 6, 2015

Fourth-year Ph.D. student Alexander E. Balistreri won the first Middle East and Islamic Studies Early-Career Paper Prize for his article “Turkey's Forgotten Political Opposition: The Demise of Kadirbeyoglu Zeki Bey.” The prize, sponsored by Brill Publishers, “is an annual prize awarded for an outstanding article in the field of Middle East and…