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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…

Mary Craparotta (1933–2020)
Jan. 14, 2020

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of former Near Eastern Studies Department manager Mary Craparotta on January 11, 2020. Employed by the university for thirty-seven years, she served as the Near Eastern Studies Program manager for many years before becoming in 1987 the NES Department manager, a position she held until her…

New Publication by Marina Rustow
Jan. 10, 2020

Khedouri A Zilkha Professor of Jewish Civilization in the Near East Marina Rustow’s new book, The Lost Archive: Traces of a Caliphate in a Cairo Synagogue, has been published by Princeton University Press. “Illustrated with stunning examples from the Cairo Geniza, this compelling book advances our understanding of documents as physical…

Balzan Seminar on the Pre-Modern State Invites Applications
Jan. 8, 2020

The Balzan Seminar seeks to bring together an internationally recruited group of eight to ten early-career scholars working on topics related to the formation, maintenance, and failure of states in the various regions of the Muslim world prior to 1800 and to include in the group two early-career scholars working on…

New Publication by Keiko Kiyotaki
Dec. 24, 2019

Keiko Kiyotaki, an Associate Research Scholar in the Department of Near Eastern Studies, has published Ottoman Land Reform in the Province of Baghdad with Brill (2019). In the book, Kiyotaki traces the Ottoman reforms of tax farming and land tenure and establishes that their effects…

Cook Awarded 2019 Balzan Prize for Islamic Studies
Sept. 9, 2019

Class of 1943 University Professor of Near Eastern Studies Michael A. Cook has been awarded the 2019 Balzan Prize for Islamic Studies by the International Balzan Foundation, whose “aim is to promote culture, the sciences and the most meritorious initiatives in the cause of humanity, peace…

Cook Awarded Doctorate of Literature by University of St Andrews
June 27, 2019

Class of 1943 University Professor of Near Eastern Studies Michael A. Cook was awarded an honorary Doctorate in Literature (DLitt) by the University of St Andrews in a ceremony held this morning, June 27, 2019. The citation read in part, “Michael’s contribution to the entire field, from Islam’s genesis to the present, displays a mastery of…