New Publication by Graduate Student Balistreri
Nov. 3, 2015

The latest issue of Die Welt des Islams (55:2) has published an article by NES graduate student Alexander E. Balistreri. The article is entitled, "Turkey's Forgotten Political Opposition: The Demise of KadirbeyoÄŸlu Zeki Bey." Earlier this year, Balistreri's article had been selected as the winner of Brill Publishers' first "Middle…

Rustow Named 2015 MacArthur Fellow
Oct. 7, 2015

Marina Rustow, Khedouri A. Zilkha Professor of Jewish Civilization in the Near East and Professor of Near Eastern Studies and History, was named one of twenty-four MacArthur Fellows for 2015. “The MacArthur Fellows Program awards unrestricted fellowships to talented individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their…

In Memoriam: Shahab Ahmed (1966–2015)
Oct. 6, 2015

Shahab Ahmed, Lecturer on Law and Research Fellow in Islamic Legal Studies at Harvard Law School, passed away on September 17, 2015. Ahmed earned his Ph.D. from the Department of Near Eastern Studies in 1999, writing his dissertation on “The Satanic Verses Incident in the Memory of the Early Muslim Community: An Analysis of the Early Riwa?yahs…

NES now on Facebook!
Sept. 25, 2015

The Near Eastern Studies Department now has its own Facebook page. Check us out at

Expanded Digitization of Islamic Manuscripts
Aug. 25, 2015

A generous grant from the Virginia and Richard Stewart Memorial Fund, through Princeton University’s Council of the Humanities, has made it possible for the Princeton University Library to expand online digital access to its extensive holdings of Islamic manuscripts. More than 1,200 digitized Islamic manuscripts are now available for study…

New Publication by Cyrus Schayegh
Aug. 7, 2015

The Routledge Handbook of the History of the Middle East Mandates, edited by Cyrus Schayegh and former NES postdoc Andrew Arsan, has been published by Routledge. 

The Routledge Handbook of the History of the Middle East Mandates marks a groundbreaking contribution to the fields of twentieth century…

In Memoriam: Patricia Crone (July 11, 2015)
July 24, 2015

Patricia Crone, Andrew W. Mellon Professor Emerita in the School of Historical Research at the Institute for Advanced Study and a long-time contributor to scholarly life in Near Eastern Studies, most recently as Lecturer with the Rank of Full Professor, passed away on July 11 following a long fight against cancer.

The author of many…

2015 NES Departmental Prizes and Honors
June 1, 2015

Near Eastern Studies held its 2015 Class Day Reception on June 1 in 1915 Hall. At the reception, the Department and Program presented this year’s prize winners and announced departmental honors. Conor Dube received Highest Honors; Mason Herson-Hord and Filipa Ioannou both…

Haykel Named Old Dominion Professor for 2015–16
April 27, 2015

Professor Bernard Haykel, a historian of the Arabian Peninsula and a scholar of Islamic law and Islamic political movements, was named an Old Dominion Professor for the 2015–15 academic year. The Old dominion Professorship “program is designed to provide additional research time for faculty members and to enhance the humanities community more…

Weiss named 2015 Andrew Carnegie Fellow
April 22, 2015

Associate Professor of History and Near Eastern Studies Max Weiss has been selected as one of 32 Andrew Carnegie Fellows in the “inaugural class of a major annual fellowship program that will provide support for scholars in the social sciences and humanities. The Fellows will receive awards of up to $200,000 each, which will enable them to take…