L. Carl Brown, Garrett Professor in Foreign Affairs, Emeritus, Dies at 91.
April 10, 2020

Leon Carl Brown, Garrett Professor in Foreign Affairs, Emeritus, and Professor of Near Eastern Studies, Emeritus, passed away on April 8, 2020, at the age of 91, just two weeks before his 92nd birthday. A former chair of the department and long-time director of the Program in Near Eastern Studies, Brown joined the department in…

Virtual Open House for Prospective NES Concentrators
April 6, 2020

Thinking of concentrating in NES?  

Join us for a virtual Open House, 12-12:30, on Monday, April 13.

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March 25, 2020

If you would like to declare Near Eastern Studies as your major, please click on the following link to learn how to do so,, and welcome to NES!

POSTPONED: Third Annual Princeton Undergraduate Near Eastern Studies Conference
March 19, 2020

In light of the COVID-19 public health emergency situation, the Third Annual Princeton Undergraduate Near Eastern Studies Conference will not be held as scheduled on May 7-8, 2020. Instead, the conference has been postponed to fall 2020. Another update about the status of the conference will be issued at…

Latest Information on University Funding for Thesis Research and Summer Study
March 19, 2020

Please click on the following links for the latest information about funding for thesis research and summer study in this age of COVID-19 precautions.

Senior thesis funding: https:/…

Deborah Schlein *19 to be new Near Eastern Studies Librarian
Feb. 19, 2020

Deborah Schlein, who earned her Ph.D. from Near Eastern Studies in 2019, has been hired as the Near Eastern Studies Librarian in the Princeton University Library. She will start work on July 13, 2020. She is currently Assistant Curator/Faculty Fellow in the Provost’s Postdoctoral Librarian Fellowship Program at New York University. While a…

Call for Papers: Third Annual Princeton Undergraduate Near Eastern Studies Conference
Feb. 17, 2020

The Department of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University is pleased to announce the Third Annual Princeton Undergraduate Near Eastern Studies Conference, to be held May 7-8, 2020, in Princeton, New Jersey.

We are now accepting applications from undergraduate students who have conducted research in any…

Marina Rustow Featured in Discovery: Research at Princeton in 2020
Feb. 12, 2020

Khedouri A Zilkha Professor of Jewish Civilization in the Near East and Professor of Near Eastern Studies and History Marina Rustow is featured in the latest issue of Discovery, the University’s annual research magazine and on the University’s home page. The Discovery article discusses Rustow’s research in the Cairo Geniza, a…

New Publication by M’hamed Oualdi
Feb. 4, 2020

Associate Professor M’hamed Oualdi’s new book, A Slave Between Empires: A Transimperial History of North Africa has been published by Columbia University Press. The book investigates the transimperial life of General Husayn, a manumitted slave turned dignitary in the Ottoman province of Tunis, and the posthumous…

Elzalabany ’20 Awarded Sachs Scholarship
Jan. 16, 2020

NES concentrator Yousef Elzalabany ’20 has been named a recipient of the Daniel M. Sachs Class of 1960 Graduating Scholarship, one of Princeton University’s highest awards. Elzalabany, who is also pursuing certificates in Creative Writing and Humanistic Studies, will spend the first year of his scholarship studying Sufism in Cairo and Istanbul…