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…

2019 Near Eastern Studies Honors and Prizes
June 4, 2019

Near Eastern Studies held its 2019 Class Day reception in Studio 34, Butler College, on June 3. At the reception the Department and Program announced departmental honors and presented this year’s prize winners. Following opening comments by NES Chair M. Qasim Zaman, Departmental Representative Eve…

Hastings ’19 Elected to Phi Beta Kappa
June 3, 2019

Near Eastern Studies concentrator Noah Hastings ’19 has been elected to the Phi Beta Kappa Society, the oldest of all national honorary scholastic societies. “Election to this chapter is based on scholastic standing and is open to candidates for the A.B. and B.S.E. degrees in their senior year. The chapter generally…

Oualdi Promoted to Associate Professor
May 2, 2019

Princeton University’s Board of Trustees has approved the promotion of Assistant Professor M’hamed Oualdi to Associate Professor with tenure, effective July 1, 2019. Oualdi, who has been at Princeton since 2013, is a historian of North Africa whose research has centered on two main topics: slavery and its social…

Shiliwala Honored for Excellence in Teaching and Service
May 2, 2019
NES Ph.D. student Wasim Shiliwala has been awarded a 2019 Teaching Award by the Graduate School in recognition of their outstanding abilities as teachers.
Program in Humanistic Studies to Offer Near Eastern Humanities Sequence in 2019–20
April 17, 2019

Starting in Fall 2019, the Program in Humanistic Studies will offer the first course, HUM 247/NES 247 “Near Eastern Humanities I: From Antiquity to Islam,” of a two-semester sequence. The course, which will be taught by Professor of Classics Johannes Haubold and Assistant Professor of Near Eastern Studies Daniel J. Sheffield, will focus “on the…

Oualdi Awarded European Research Council Consolidator Grant
April 2, 2019

Assistant Professor of Near Eastern Studies and History M’hamed Oualdi has been awarded a European Research Council consolidator grant for 5 years (2019–2023) for his research project about slave testimonies in North Africa during the abolition era (1810s–1920s). ERC Consolidator grants are awarded to “researchers of any nationality…

LaRegina and Klumpp Recognized for 10 Years of Service to University
March 22, 2019

Jim LaRegina and Jennifer Klumpp were recognized March 21 for 10 years of service to the university. LaRegina, who joined Near Eastern Studies in 2008, is the Graduate and Undergraduate Administrator in NES. Klumpp, who started work at the university in 2004, became the Program Coordinator for The Institute for the Transregional Study of the…