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New Publication for Bernard Haykel
Saudi Arabia in Transition: Insights on Social, Political, Economic and Religious Change, edited by Bernard Haykel, Thomas Hegghammer, and Stéphane Lacroix, has been published by Cambridge University Press. “Full of fresh insights and novel perspectives,” “the book will be indispensable for scholars and policy makers, and deeply fascinating for anyone who wants to understand the Kingdom beyond the headlines.”
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Alice Su ’13 (BA WWS, Certificate in Near Eastern Studies) has won the 2014 Elizabeth Neuffer Memorial Prize awarded by the United Nations Correspondents Association for her Pulitzer Center-supported project titled "Interim Lives: Refugee Survival in Jordan and Lebanon," which “explores how refugees mobilize to take care of themselves when aid agencies fail.” To watch her acceptance speech, please click here. The prize is for written media (print and online) coverage
Talat Sait Halman, who taught Turkish to a generation of students at Princeton, passed away on December 5, 2014. Halman first worked in the Department of Near Eastern Studies in the summer of 1965 as Associate Coordinator in Turkish. He returned to NES in 1966 as a Visiting Lecturer, a position he held until 1970, and from 1972 to 1980 he held the rank of Lecturer, resigning in 1980 to become Turkey's first and only Ambassador for Cultural Affairs. Halman also taught at Columbia, the Univers
New Publication for Jonathan Gribetz
Assistant Professor Jonathan Marc Gribetz’s new book, Defining Neighbors: Religion, Race, and the Early Zionist-Arab Encounter, has been published by Princeton University Press. “Courageous and deeply compelling, Defining Neighbors is a landmark book that fundamentally recasts our understanding of the modern Jewish-Arab encounter and of the Middle East conflict today.”
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Eric S. Lob (Ph.D. 2013) has won the 2013–14 Best Ph.D. Dissertation of the Year on a Topic of Iranian Studies Award of the Foundation for Iranian Studies. Lob’s dissertation, “An Institutional History of the Iranian Construction Jihad: From Inception to Institutionalization (1979-2011),” was supervised by Mirjam Künkler and is the first organizational history of the rural development organization Jehad-e Sazandegi.
According to the Selection Committee, Lob has made
The Board of the Cleveland H. Dodge Foundation has made a gift of $250,000 to Near Eastern Studies in memory of Robert Garrett ’59. Garrett, who passed away on March 12, 2014, had for many years been the chairman of the Near Eastern Studies Advisory Council and had served for over 33 years as a member of the Board of Directors of the Cleveland H. Dodge Foundation. The gift, to be called the Robert Garrett ’59 Summer Study Abroad Fund, will be used for financial assistance to the Depa
Amaney Jamal, who is an associated faculty member of Near Eastern Studies, has been named the Edwards S. Sanford Professor of Politics, effective July 1, 2014. Jamal has published four books: Barriers to Democracy (2007), which won the 2008 Best Book Award in Comparative Democratization at the American Political Science Association; Race and Arab Americans before and after 9/11: From Invisible Citizens to Visible Subjects, co-edited with Nadine Naber, (2008); Citizenship and Crisis: Arab Detroit
Eric Lob (Ph.D. 2013) was awarded an Honorable Mention by the International Society for Iranian Studies in the Mehrdad Mashayekhi Dissertation Award competition. Lob’s doctoral dissertation, “An Institutional History of the Iranian Construction Jihad” (2013), was supervised by Mirjam Künkler and is based on an impressive diversity of original primary data that is very difficult to obtain. The first organizational history of the rural development organization Jehad-e Sazand
Graduate student Simon Wolfgang Fuchs was awarded one of three European Association for South Asian Studies Research Student Awards at the 23rd meeting of the organization held July 23–26, 2014, at the University of Zurich (Switzerland).  The awards are given for the “most outstanding papers by currently registered research students presenting at the conference” and carry with it a prize of €300.

The Department and Program of Near Eastern Studies mourns the passing of our friend and colleague, Dr. Judith Laffan. Judy was a valued member of the Arabic Language instructional team since September 2011. 
Judy completed her Ph.D. at University of Queensland in July, 2011, and shortly after began teaching Arabic with us. She will be greatly missed by her colleagues, her students, and the many, many friends she made here at Princeton.
In lieu of flowers, the Laffan famil