New Publication for Muhammad Qasim Zaman
Nov. 30, 2012

Robert H. Niehaus '77 Professor of Near Eastern Studies and Religion Muhammad Qasim Zaman’s new book, Modern Islamic Thought in a Radical Age: Religious Authority and Internal Criticism, has been published by Cambridge University Press. A wide ranging study, “this book examines some of the most important issues facing the Muslim world…

Near Eastern Studies hosts two Fulbright Visiting Fellows
Nov. 26, 2012

This year Near Eastern Studies is hosting two Fulbright Visiting Fellows, Farda Asadov and Zafar Najmiddinov.

Dr. Asadov is the Vice-Rector for International Affairs at Khazar University in Baku, Azerbaijan, and directs Arab Studies at the Institute of Oriental Studies of the National Academy of…

Costello ’12 wins TSA Redhouse Prize
Nov. 21, 2012

Katherine Costello '12, a Near Eastern Studies concentrator,  was awarded The James W. Redhouse Student Prizes for Best Progress in the Turkish Language. The Redhouse Prize recognizes the student who has made the best progress in Turkish in the academic year in each of four regions of the United States and Canada as determined…

Mossavar-Rahmanis establish Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Iran and Persian Gulf Studies
Nov. 20, 2012

Bijan Mossavar-Rahmani ’74 and Sharmin Mossavar-Rahmani ’80 gave Princeton University a $10 million gift to establish the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Iran and Persian Gulf Studies in order “to provide a comprehensive interdisciplinary approach to understanding Iran and the Persian Gulf, with…

Gilson Wins MESA’s Bacharach Service Award
Nov. 20, 2012

Lecturer in Turkish Erika Gilson received the Jere L. Bacharach Service Award at the 2012 MESA Annual Meeting held in Denver, CO. The Award “recognizes the contributions of individuals through their outstanding service to MESA or the profession. Service is defined broadly to include work in diverse areas, including but not…

Foster wins MESA Graduate Student Paper Prize
Nov. 20, 2012

Near Eastern Studies graduate student Zachary Foster was awarded the 2012 Graduate Student Paper Prize for, “Can the Locust Speak? Greater Syria During World War I,” at the 2012 MESA Annual Meeting held in Denver, CO.


Nominated by NES assistant professor Cyrus Schayegh, the paper was “evaluated according to…

Hanioglu wins Republic of Turkey’s President’s Grand Prize for Culture and Arts
Nov. 20, 2012

Garrett Professor in Foreign Affairs, Chairman of the Near Eastern Studies Department, and Director of the Program in Near Eastern Studies M. Şükrü Hanioğlu has been awarded the 2012 President’s Grand Prize for Culture and Arts in the field of history. The announcement cited Hanioğlu’s “bringing Turkish history…

2012 NES Departmental Prizes and Honors
June 4, 2012

NES held its 2012 Class Day Reception on June 4 in 1915 Hall at 3 p.m. At the reception, the Department and Program presented this year’s prize winners and announced departmental honors. Chloe Bordewich received Highest Honors and also won the Bayard and Cleveland Dodge Memorial Thesis Prize

NES and Teach for America’s Brittany Scott ’11 Establishes “School-2-School” Relationship with Jordanian Girls School
April 4, 2012

Brittney Scott, who graduated in 2011 with a BA in Near Eastern Studies, is teaching 6th-grade math in Colorado Springs through the Teach for America Program. She is also utilizing her NES degree in running a “School-2-School” program with the Queen Noor School in Amman Jordan. Here is her inspiring account of the program and its effect on her…

Peck Shahnamah Now Available Online
March 30, 2012

The Manuscripts Division of the Department of Rare Books and Special Collection has announced completion of the digitization of the Peck Shahnamah which is now available online. Below is a link to the announcement with further links to the digitized images of the complete text and its miniatures.