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…

Gribetz Awarded NEH Summer Stipend
March 30, 2017

Assistant Professor of Near Eastern Studies and the Program in Judaic Studies Jonathan Gribetz has been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend grant for 2017. His research project is entitled "Reading Herzl in Beirut: The PLO's Research on Judaism and Israel." 


Keener ’17 Wins Sachs Scholarship
Dec. 16, 2016

Becca Keener ’17, a religion major who is pursuing certificates in Near Eastern Studies and Arabic Language and Culture, has been awarded a Daniel M. Sachs Class of 1960 Graduating Scholarship. Keener plans to attend the London School of Economics in order to earn a master’s degree in global Europe: culture and conflict. “For her senior thesis,…

Harb Awarded NEH Grant
Dec. 14, 2016

Assistant professor Lara Harb has been awarded a “Fellowship for University Teachers” grant by the National Endowment for the Humanities for her project “Mimesis in Classical Arabic Literature.” These fellowships “support college and university teachers and independent scholars pursuing advanced research.”

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