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2012 NES Departmental Prizes and Honors
June 4, 2012

NES held its 2012 Class Day Reception on June 4 in 1915 Hall at 3 p.m. At the reception, the Department and Program presented this year’s prize winners and announced departmental honors. Chloe Bordewich received Highest Honors and also won the Bayard and Cleveland Dodge Memorial Thesis Prize

NES and Teach for America’s Brittany Scott ’11 Establishes “School-2-School” Relationship with Jordanian Girls School
April 4, 2012

Brittney Scott, who graduated in 2011 with a BA in Near Eastern Studies, is teaching 6th-grade math in Colorado Springs through the Teach for America Program. She is also utilizing her NES degree in running a “School-2-School” program with the Queen Noor School in Amman Jordan. Here is her inspiring account of the program and its effect on her…

Peck Shahnamah Now Available Online
March 30, 2012

The Manuscripts Division of the Department of Rare Books and Special Collection has announced completion of the digitization of the Peck Shahnamah which is now available online. Below is a link to the announcement with further links to the digitized images of the complete text and its miniatures.

Ph.D. Student Yarbrough Awarded Katz Center Fellowship
Feb. 21, 2012

Luke Yarbrough, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Near Eastern Studies, was awarded a post-doctoral fellowship at the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, University of Pennsylvania, for the 2012 fall term. The 2012–13 theme for the interdisciplinary program is “Institutionalization, Innovation, and Conflict in 13th-Century…

MA student Buchholz publishes novel
Feb. 9, 2012

Benjamin Buchholz, an MA student in the Program in Near Eastern Studies, has published his first novel, One Hundred and One Nights, with Back Bay Books, a trade paper imprint of Little, Brown and Company, a member of the Hachette Book Group. Based in part on his experiences as an Iraqi war veteran, Buchholz has crafted…

Stolzenberg ’13 and Ledford ’13 win TSA prizes
Feb. 8, 2012

Stephen Stolzenberg and Thomas Ledford won Turkish Study Association awards, it was announced at the TSA Business Meeting held during the 2011 MESA Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. Stolzenberg, a German major who is now taking Turkish 107, was awarded the Halide Edip

New publication for NES Grad Students Luke Yarbrough and Oded Zinger
Nov. 4, 2011

The new edition of Heinz Halm’s The Arabs: A Short History (Princeton, NJ: Markus Wiener, 2012) includes an appendix of 150 pages of primary sources selected, edited, and in some cases translated by NES graduate students Luke Yarbrough and…

Reynolds Wins American Historical Association George Louis Beer Prize
Nov. 4, 2011

Michael A. Reynolds, Associate Professor of Near Eastern Studies, was the co-winner of the George Louis Beer Prize for his book, Shattering Empires: The Clash and Collapse of the Ottoman and Russian Empires 1908–1918

Cook Elected Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy
Nov. 4, 2011

Michael A. Cook, Class of 1943 University Professor of Near Eastern Studies, was elected a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy this past summer. Cook’s research has focused on the history of the Islamic world, the formation and development of traditional Islamic thought and its implications in the modern world, and Islamic history in…

New Cambridge History of Islam, General Editor Michael A. Cook, Wins 2011 American Historical Association Waldo G. Leland Prize
Nov. 4, 2011

The New Cambridge History of Islam won the 2011 Waldo G. Leland Prize for the “most outstanding reference tool in the field of history” published between May 1, 2006, and April 30, 2011. Michael A. Cook, the Class of 1943…