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Third-year Ph.D. student Thomas Benfey has been awarded a Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst grant for 2017–18. The grant will support a year of study at the Freie Universität in Berlin. Benfey will be working on his dissertation, which will focus on the relationship between Sasanian and early Islamic intellectual life.
After a national search, Faris Al-Ahmad has been hired as Lecturer in Arabic. Al-Ahmad is currently teaching Arabic at Princeton and 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

Assistant Professor of Near Eastern Studies and the Program in Judaic Studies Jonathan Gribetz has been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend grant for 2017. His research project is entitled "Reading Herzl in Beirut: The PLO's Research on Judaism and Israel." 
Becca Keener ’17, a religion major who is pursuing certificates in Near Eastern Studies and Arabic Language and Culture, has been awarded a Daniel M. Sachs Class of 1960 Graduating Scholarship. Keener plans to attend the London School of Economics in order to earn a master’s degree in global Europe: culture and conflict. “For her senior thesis, Keener is studying the effects of religious freedom and minority rights discourse on societal dynamics in Syria. She plans to trace the
Assistant professor Lara Harb has been awarded a “Fellowship for University Teachers” grant by the National Endowment for the Humanities for her project “Mimesis in Classical Arabic Literature.” These fellowships “support college and university teachers and independent scholars pursuing advanced research.”
For more about Princeton’s NEH fellowship winners, click on the following link: http://research.princeton.edu/news/archive/?id=17431
Preston Lim ’17, an NES concentrator who is also working on a Certificate in the History and Practice of Diplomacy, was named a 2018 Schwarzman Scholar. The Schwarzman Scholars program “is a highly selective, one-year master’s program at Tsinghua University in Beijing that is designed to prepare the next generation of global leaders for the challenges of the future. … Drawing on the best traditions of Tsinghua and top academic institutions around the world, the
Karen Bauer (Ph.D. 2008) and Nadav Samin (Ph.D. 2013) shared the Runner Up prize in the 2016 British-Kuwait Friendship Society Book Prize competition.
Bauer won for her book Gender Hierarchy in the Qurʼān: Medieval Interpretations, Modern Responses (Cambridge University Press, 2015), which was described as “a ground-breaking contribution to the history of Muslim exegesis of the Qur’an.  It is highly original not only in its diachronic perspective, but also in the variet
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