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The Princeton University Board of Trustees has approved the promotion of Cyrus Schayegh to associate professor effective July 1. Schayegh has written numerous articles on pre-revolutionary twentieth-century Iran and the modern Levant; published one book, Who Is Knowledgeable Is Strong: Science, Class, and the Formation of Modern Iranian Society, 1900-1950 (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2009); is finishing The Emergence of the Modern Middle East: A Transnational History (Cambridge, MA
Class of 1943 University Professor of Near Eastern Studies Michael A. Cook’s new book, Ancient Religions, Modern Politics: The Islamic Case in Comparative Perspective, has been published by Princeton University Press. This sweeping comparative analysis “takes an in-depth, comparative look at political identity, social values, attitudes to warfare, views about the role of religion in various cultural domains, and conceptions of the polity.”
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Three students of Arabic—Nadirah Mansour and Maria Nelson, both seniors majoring in Near Eastern Studies, and Faez Syed, a graduate student in Religion—have been awarded fellowships for the Center for Arabic Studies Abroad (CASA) program. The fellowships, awarded based upon the results of a nation-wide qualifying examination, fund a year’s study of Arabic at the American University in Cairo.
 
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Michael A. Cook, Class of 1943 University Professor of Near Eastern Studies, has been awarded the 2014 Holberg Prize. Established in 2003 by the Norwegian government, the Holberg Prize has been called the “Nobel Prize” for the arts, humanities, social sciences, law, and theology and recognizes outstanding scholarship in these areas. The Prize is worth 4.5 million Norwegian kroner. The award ceremony will take place in Bergen, Norway, in June.
In announcing the Prize, the Holberg Com
Postdoctoral Research Fellow Kevan Harris was recently interviewed by NPR as part of a story, “Iranian Women Make a Push for Greater Opportunities.” To hear the story or to read the transcript, please go to: http://www.npr.org/blogs/parallels/2014/03/05/285785498/iranian-women-make-a-push-for-greater-opportunities.
Ruwa Alhayek ’14, an NES concentrator working on certificates in creative writing, gender and sexual studies, and Near Eastern Studies, spent the summer conducting research in Amman, Jordan, and her experiences are among those featured in an article, "Zoom in: 28 stories of a global summer," appearing on the Princeton University homepage. To access the article, open the following link, launch the interactive map, and click on the pin in Jordan.
 
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Lecturer in Near Eastern Studies Michael Barry has been awarded the World Book Award  of the Islamic Republic of Iran for his book entitled Le Cantique des Oiseaux d’‘Attâr illustré par la peinture en Islam d’Orient (Paris: Éditions Diane de Selliers, 2012). The World Book Award honors the best new works in the field of Iranian Studies. Containing a French translation of Attar’s Manṭiq al-Ṭayr by Leili Anvar, Cantique des Oiseaux presents 207
Muhammad Qasim Zaman, Robert H. Niehaus '77 Professor of Near Eastern Studies and Religion, has been awarded the 2013 British-Kuwait Friendship Society Book Prize in Middle Eastern Studies for his book, Modern Islamic Thought in a Radical Age: Religious Authority and Internal Criticism (Cambridge University Press, 2012).
The judge’s report described Modern Islamic Thought in a Radical Age as “an extremely interesting and well-written book, offering valuable insights on vital are
The Friends of Princeton University Library purchased the Richard Undeland Collection of Mamluk coins for the library’s Numismatic Collection, the oldest numismatic collection in the United States. Assembled by Richard E. Undeland, a U.S. Foreign Service officer who spent the majority of his 35-year career in the Middle East, the collection was sold to the library following Undeland’s death in 2012 by his wife, Joan. Alan Stahl, the library’s Curator of Numismatics, noted that
Lecturer in Near Eastern Studies Michael Barry was awarded Le Prix du Cercle Montherlant for Literature on Art in the French language by the Académie des Beaux-Arts for his Cantique des Oiseaux d’‘Attâr illustré par la peinture en Islam d’Orient (Paris: Éditions Diane de Selliers, 2012). Containing a French translation of Attar’s Manṭiq al-Ṭayr by Leili Anvar, Cantique des Oiseaux presents 207 Persian, Turkish, Afghani, and Indo-Pakistani mi