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Gribetz's Defining Neighbors named a Choice Outstanding Academic Title of 2015.
Assistant professor Jonathan Gribetz’s first book, Defining Neighbors: Religion, Race, and the Early Zionist-Arab Encounter (Princeton University Press, 2014), was named a Choice Outstanding Academic Title in 2015. In its review of the book, Choice wrote: "In the ever-growing and highly saturated field of Arab-Israeli conflict studies, it is rare for a book to break new ground and challenge long-held and well-entrenched perceptions. This is one of those rare exceptions. Base
The latest issue of Die Welt des Islams (55:2) has published an article by NES graduate student Alexander E. Balistreri. The article is entitled, "Turkey's Forgotten Political Opposition: The Demise of Kadirbeyoğlu Zeki Bey." Earlier this year, Balistreri's article had been selected as the winner of Brill Publishers' first "Middle East and Islamic Studies Early-Career Paper Prize."

The article is available for download free of charge until January at:
Marina Rustow, Khedouri A. Zilkha Professor of Jewish Civilization in the Near East and Professor of Near Eastern Studies and History, was named one of twenty-four MacArthur Fellows for 2015. “The MacArthur Fellows Program awards unrestricted fellowships to talented individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction. There are three criteria for selection of Fellows: exceptional creativity, promise for imp
Shahab Ahmed, Lecturer on Law and Research Fellow in Islamic Legal Studies at Harvard Law School, passed away on September 17, 2015. Ahmed earned his Ph.D. from the Department of Near Eastern Studies in 1999, writing his dissertation on “The Satanic Verses Incident in the Memory of the Early Muslim Community: An Analysis of the Early Riwāyahs and Their Isnāds” under the direction of Michael Cook, Class of 1943 University Professor of Near Eastern Studies. Following appointments a
The Near Eastern Studies Department now has its own Facebook page. Check us out at 
A generous grant from the Virginia and Richard Stewart Memorial Fund, through Princeton University’s Council of the Humanities, has made it possible for the Princeton University Library to expand online digital access to its extensive holdings of Islamic manuscripts. More than 1,200 digitized Islamic manuscripts are now available for study online in the Islamic Manuscripts Collection of the Princeton University Digital Library (PUDL).
Professor Michael A. Cook, Class of 1943 University Pr
New Publication by Cyrus Schayegh
The Routledge Handbook of the History of the Middle East Mandates, edited by Cyrus Schayegh and former NES postdoc Andrew Arsan, has been published by Routledge. 
“The Routledge Handbook of the History of the Middle East Mandates marks a groundbreaking contribution to the fields of twentieth century History and Modern Middle East studies. … This brilliant collection introduces us to the ways in which the Middle East was a critical staging ground of modernity that led to the em
In Memoriam: Patricia Crone (July 11, 2015)
Patricia Crone, Andrew W. Mellon Professor Emerita in the School of Historical Research at the Institute for Advanced Study and a long-time contributor to scholarly life in Near Eastern Studies, most recently as Lecturer with the Rank of Full Professor, passed away on July 11 following a long fight against cancer.
The author of many path-breaking books, Patricia was a towering figure in the fields of Islamic history and medieval Islamic thought. She was also a generous colleague and a friend of
Near Eastern Studies held its 2015 Class Day Reception on June 1 in 1915 Hall. At the reception, the Department and Program presented this year’s prize winners and announced departmental honors. Conor Dube received Highest Honors; Mason Herson-Hord and Filipa Ioannou both earned High Honors; and Alexandra Cerf received Honors. Cerf (“A Nation Is a Flag and a Football Team: Inclusion and Exclusion in Qatari Football and Society”) and Herson-Hord (“SUMUD TO INTIFADA: Commun
Professor Bernard Haykel, a historian of the Arabian Peninsula and a scholar of Islamic law and Islamic political movements, was named an Old Dominion Professor for the 2015–15 academic year. The Old dominion Professorship “program is designed to provide additional research time for faculty members and to enhance the humanities community more broadly by providing a core group of senior faculty with time and resources to engage colleagues and students from across the university in sus