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New Publication by Eve Krakowski
Dec. 1, 2017

Eve Krakowski’s new book, Coming of Age in Medieval Egypt: Female Adolescence, Jewish Law, and Ordinary Culture, has been published by Princeton University Press. Described as a “brilliant and elegantly written book,” Coming of Age “offers a new way to understand how women took part in premodern Middle Eastern societies, and…

Haykel to Serve as Program Director
June 26, 2017

Professor Bernard Haykel has agreed to serve as the Director of the Program in Near Eastern Studies beginning July 1, 2017. Haykel succeeds Associate Professor Cyrus Schayegh in this position. Haykel's research is concerned with the political and social tensions that arise from questions about religious identity and authority. He is the author…

Kitlas Wins Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship
June 9, 2017

Third-year Ph.D. student Peter Kitlas has won a Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and administered by the Social Science Research Council. Kitlas will use the fellowship, which funds dissertation research abroad, to spend time at the archives in Morocco (Rabat and Tetouan) and in…

2017 Near Eastern Studies Honors and Prizes
June 5, 2017

Near Eastern Studies held its 2017 Class Day Reception in 1915 Hall on June 5. At the reception the Department and Program announced departmental honors and presented this year’s prize winners. Preston Lim and Zeena Mubarak earned Highest Honors, Alice Catanzaro

Lim and Catanzaro Elected to Phi Beta Kappa
June 1, 2017

Graduating seniors Alice Catanzaro ’17 and Preston Lim ’17 have been elected to Phi Beta Kappa. “The Phi Beta Kappa Society, founded in 1776 and the oldest of all national honorary scholastic societies, has a chapter at Princeton. Election to this chapter is based on scholastic standing and is open to candidates for the A.B. and B.S.E. degrees…

Zaman Receives Graduate Mentoring Award
May 31, 2017
M. Qasim Zaman, Robert H. Niehaus '77 Professor of Near Eastern Studies and Religion and Chair of the Department of Near Eastern Studies, will receive one of four Graduate Mentoring Awards handed out by the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning.
Lee Awarded Rockefeller Graduate Prize Fellowship by University Center for Human Values
May 3, 2017

Third-year Ph.D. student Dana Lee has been awarded the Laurance S. Rockefeller Graduate Prize Fellowship by the University Center for Human Values. “The Laurance S. Rockefeller Graduate Prize Fellowship program is intended to recognize and support post-generals Princeton University graduate students with distinguished academic records in any…

Sarah Islam Awarded 2017 Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship
May 2, 2017

Sixth-year Ph.D. student Sarah Islam has been named a 2017 Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellow by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. In its press release, the Foundation describes the Newcombe Fellowship as “the nation’s largest and most prestigious award for Ph.D. candidates in the humanities and social sciences…

Benfey Wins DAAD Fellowship
April 6, 2017

Third-year Ph.D. student Thomas Benfey has been awarded a Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst grant for 2017–18. The grant will support a year of study at the Freie Universität in Berlin. Benfey will be working on his dissertation, which will focus on the relationship between Sasanian and early Islamic intellectual life.


Al-Ahmad Hired as Lecturer in Arabic
March 31, 2017

After a national search, Faris Al-Ahmad has been hired as Lecturer in Arabic. Al-Ahmad is currently teaching Arabic at Princeton and 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…