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Faris Al-Ahmad joined Near Eastern Studies as an Arabic language lecturer in September for the current academic year. Al-Ahmad has previously taught Arabic at Columbia University and at Hunter College. Al-Ahmad earned his B.A. in Arabic-English Translation from the University of Damascus and an M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies from The CUNY Graduate Center in 2010. His current research interests concern exploring and comparing the works of certain contemporary Sunni Muslim scholars that call for a
Sixth-year Ph.D. student Alexander Balistreri was awarded the Heath W. Lowry Distinguished Dissertation Writing Fellowship for 2016–17 by the Institute of Turkish Studies. His dissertation, “Creating Nations and States on the Turkish-Caucasian Border, 1850-1950,” examines state- and nation-building in the Turkish-Caucasian borderland region through the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
The International Journal of Middle East Studies 48, no. 3, has a strong contingent of NES-related authors. Assistant professor M’hamed Oualdi contributes the article “Mamluks in Ottoman Tunisia: A Category Connecting State and Social Forces”; Sara Pursley, Lecturer in the Council of the Humanities and Near Eastern Studies and Cotsen Postdoctoral Fellow in the Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts, Council of the Humanities (2014–16), participates in a roundtable, &ldquo
Professor Emeritus Farhat Ziadeh, the founder of both the Middle East Center, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies and the Department of Near Eastern Languages & Civilization, University of Washington, Passed away on June 8, 2016, at the age of 99 years old.
Born in Ramallah, Ottoman Empire, in 1917, Ziadeh earned his BA from the American University of Beirut in 1937 and his L.L.B. in 1940 from the University of London. Unable to return to Palestine because of World War II, he m
Philip Zhakevich will join Near Eastern Studies as the Hebrew language lecturer beginning in the 2016–17 academic year. Zhakevich, who has previously taught Hebrew at Columbia and UCLA, earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas, Austin in the Hebrew Bible. His dissertation was titled “The Tools of an Israelite Scribe––A Semantic Study of the Terms Signifying the Tools and Materials of Writing in Biblical Hebrew.”
The Princeton University Board of Trustees approved the appointment of Daniel Sheffield as an assistant professor in Near Eastern Studies. Sheffield, who will teach the history of medieval Iran, was Assistant Professor of the History of the Islamic World before 1850 at the University of Washington during the 2015–16 academic year. He holds a Ph.D. in Iranian and Persian Studies from the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University (2012) and was a Link-
Class of 1943 University Professor of Near Eastern Studies Michael A. Cook received one of four President’s Awards for Distinguished Teaching at Commencement ceremonies Tuesday, May 31.
Cook, who joined the Near Eastern Studies faculty in 1986, “is … a brilliant and extraordinarily devoted teacher,” who “has basically built the graduate program in Near Eastern studies at Princeton and made it the best program in the country for several decades running.” Cook
Cleveland E. Dodge Professor of Near Eastern Studies, Emeritus, Bernard Lewis celebrates his 100th birthday today. Lewis, who held a joint position in the Department of Near Eastern Studies and the Institute for Advanced Studies from 1974 until his retirement in 1986, has authored many books on the history of Islam, the relations of the Muslim world with the West, and the Ottoman Empire. His works include: The Arabs in History; The Assassins: A Radical Sect in Islam; The Emergence of Modern
Near Eastern Studies held its 2016 Class Day Reception in 1915 Hall. At the reception the Department and Program announced departmental honors and presented this year’s prize winners. Ali Cebeci and Andrew Hanna both earned Highest Honors, and Jacob Zucker earned High Honors. Jasmine Robinson was awarded the Bayard and Cleveland Dodge Memorial Thesis Prize for her thesis, “Islamist Perspectives: Morocco’s Family Law Reform Movement.” Elizabeth Banes won the NES Senio
NES concentrator Jeremy Rotblat ’17 has been awarded a David L. Boren Scholarship to study abroad during the 2016-17 academic year. “The award, which was given to 165 students from 820 applicants nationwide, supports undergraduate study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East.” Rotblat will spend the year studying Persi