Virtual Open House for Prospective NES Concentrators March 18 at Noon
March 17, 2021

Thinking of concentrating in Near Eastern Studies?  

Join us for a virtual Open House, 12:00-12:30, on Thursday, March 18, 2021.

Click here to access the link.

Not open to the public.

Rustow’s “Lost Archive” Named Finalist for 2020 National Jewish Book Award
Jan. 28, 2021
Marina Rustow’s book, The Lost Archive: Traces of a Caliphate in a Cairo Synagogue, was named a finalist for a 2020 National Jewish Book Award in the “Writing Based on Archival Material” category
Haykel Awarded Henry Luce Foundation Grant to Study Muslims in India
Jan. 6, 2021
Professor Bernard Haykel is the recipient of a Henry Luce Foundation grant to study Muslims in India.
Kitlas Defends Dissertation
Dec. 19, 2020
Peter F. Kitlas successfully defended his doctoral dissertation at his Final Public Oral Examination held Friday morning, December 18, 2020.
Gribetz, Rustow Awarded NEH Grants
Dec. 17, 2020

Associate Professor of Near Eastern Studies and the Program in Judaic Studies and Jonathan Dickinson Bicentennial Preceptor Jonathan Gribetz has received a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship for his project “Reading Herzl in Beirut: The PLO’s Research on Judaism and Israel Project Description.” He will…

New Publication by Philip Zakevich
Dec. 15, 2020


Lecturer in Hebrew Philip Zhakevich’s new book, Scribal Tools in Ancient Israel: A Study of Biblical Hebrew Terms for Writing Materials and Implements, has been published by Eisenbrauns, an imprint of Pennsylvania University Press. “In this book, Zhakevich examines the technology of writing as it…

Ottomanist Metin Kunt Dies at 78
Dec. 9, 2020

İ. Metin Kunt, an alumnus of the Department of Near Eastern Studies, passed away on December 3, 2020. Kunt, who specialized in Ottoman History, taught at a number of institutions, including Sabancı University, Boğaziçi University, and Cambridge University. He completed his dissertation, “The Köprülü Years, 1656–1661,”  under the direction of…

Zhakevich Awarded 2020 Dever Archaeological Fellowship
Dec. 7, 2020

Lecturer in Hebrew Philip Zhakevich was awarded the 2020 William G. Dever Archaeological Fellowship for Biblical Scholars. The Fellowship, established in 2015, provides $7,000 to a qualified American or American-based Ph.D. candidate or non-tenured faculty member in the field of biblical studies “to be used to cover transportation; one month on…

Cook Elected to Academia Europaea
Nov. 30, 2020
Michael A. Cook, Class of 1943 University Professor of Near Eastern Studies, has been elected to Academia Europaea as a Foreign Member.
Tezcan (Ph.D. 2001) President-elect of the Ottoman and Turkish Studies Association
Nov. 9, 2020

Baki Tezcan, who earned his Ph.D. in Near Eastern Studies in 2001, is President-elect of the Ottoman and Turkish Studies Association (OTSA). Tezcan, who is Professor of History and of Middle East/South Asian Studies at UC Davis, will succeed another Near Eastern Studies Ph.D., Amy Singer (1989, Professor of Middle…