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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
Max Weiss has been promoted to associate professor and granted tenure by the University. Weiss, who has a joint appointment in Near Eastern Studies and History, specializes in the social, cultural, and intellectual history of the modern Middle East. His research interests include transformations of law and society, religious culture, history of ideas, and the translation of contemporary Arabic literature into English. Weiss has written In the Shadow of Sectarianism: Law, Shiʿism and the Making
Michael A. Cook, Class of 1943 University Professor of Near Eastern Studies, received the Holberg Prize from Norway’s HRH Crown Prince Haakon and Monica Mæland, Minister of Trade and Industry, at a ceremony held at Håkonshallen, Bergenhus Festning, Bergen, Norway, on June 4, 2014. The ceremony and Cook’s acceptance speech may be viewed at:
Other events in Norway connected with the Prize included: a conversation with journalist and writer A
NES held its 2014 Class Day Reception on June 2 in 1915 Hall. At the reception, the Department and Program presented this year’s prize winners and announced departmental honors. Nadirah Mansour received Highest Honors and also won the Bayard and Cleveland Dodge Memorial Thesis Prize for her senior thesis, “From Nationalism to Public Piety: The Faces of Islamic Religious Authority in the Palestinian Context (1929–1935, 1951–1967).” Quinton Beck and Eleanor Wright bot