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New Publication by Hossein Modarressi
Aug. 3, 2022

Bayard Dodge Professor of Near Eastern Studies Hossein Modarressi’s latest book, Text and Interpretation: Imam Jaʿfar al-Ṣādiq and His Legacy in Islamic Law, has been published by Harvard University Press.

Ketsemanian Defends Ph.D. Dissertation
July 12, 2022

Varak Ketsemanian successfully defended his doctoral dissertation.

Rashidbeigi Awarded 2022 Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship
July 6, 2022

Seventh-year Ph.D. student Samin Rashidbeigi has been awarded a 2022 Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship.

NES Alumnus Shamir Wins 2022 Israel Prize
June 22, 2022

Shimon Shamir, (Ph.D. 1961), professor emeritus of Middle East history at Tel Aviv University, has been awarded the Israel Prize in the field of Middle Eastern Studies for 2022.

NES Graduate Students, Alumna Awarded Humanities Council 2022 Flash Grants
June 8, 2022

Three NES graduate students and one NES alumna were awarded 2022 Flash Grants by the Humanities Council.

Near Eastern Studies Celebrates Class Day 2022
May 24, 2022

Near Eastern Studies held its first in-person Class Day since 2019 on May 23, 2022. During the celebration, the Department and Program announced departmental honors and presented this year’s prize winners.

Kahn ’22 Elected to Phi Beta Kappa
May 20, 2022

NES senior concentrator Ethan Kahn has been elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Kahn previously was a recipient of the 2018-2019 Shapiro Prize for Academic Excellence and named a 2022 Scholars in the Nation’s Service Initiative graduate scholar. The Phi Beta Kappa Society, founded in 1776 and the oldest of all national honorary scholastic societies…

Rustow Awarded Grant to Apply AI and Machine-learning to Geniza Documents.
May 12, 2022

Marina Rustow, Khedouri A. Zilkha Professor of Jewish Civilization in the Near East and Professor of Near Eastern Studies and History, has been granted funding by the University’s Schmidt DataX Fund for her “Handwritten Text Recognition for the Princeton Geniza Project (HTR4PGP).” The…

Rashidbeigi Awarded Outstanding Presentation Prize at 2022 Research Day
May 6, 2022

Sixth-year Ph.D. student Samin Rashidbeigi participated in Princeton Research Day 2022 and was awarded a prize for Outstanding Presentation. Her video, The Making of the Modern Donor, was featured at the PRD2022 Mainstage event held May 5 in Frist, where she received her award from Acting Dean of the Graduate School Cole. M. Crittenden…

Chen Gong Wins Two AATT Awards
March 17, 2022

Third-year Ph.D. student Chen Gong has won two American Association of Teachers of Turkic Languages (AATT) awards. He was the winner of the inaugural Norman Itzkowitz Turkish Short Story Award in the Advanced Level category for his story, “Kanat ve Duvar.” The Award “is an annual prize granted to the two best short stories written in…