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Archive – November 2011

Michael A. Cook, Class of 1943 University Professor of Near Eastern Studies, was elected a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy this past summer. Cook’s research has focused on the history of the Islamic world, the formation and development of traditional Islamic thought and its implications in the modern world, and Islamic history in comparative perspective. “Corresponding Fellows are scholars outside the UK who have 'attained high international standing in any of th
The New Cambridge History of Islam won the 2011 Waldo G. Leland Prize for the “most outstanding reference tool in the field of history” published between May 1, 2006, and April 30, 2011. Michael A. Cook, the Class of 1943 University Professor of Near Eastern Studies, was the general editor of the six-volume set, which was published in 2010 by Cambridge University Press. The Waldo G. Leland Prize, “established by the AHA Council in 1981, is … named after Waldo G. Leland,
The new edition of Heinz Halm’s The Arabs: A Short History (Princeton, NJ: Markus Wiener, 2012) includes an appendix of 150 pages of primary sources selected, edited, and in some cases translated by NES graduate students Luke Yarbrough and Oded Zinger. This new Appendix enhances the text’s value for instructors as well as for general readers. Some 40 primary source readings—ranging from Spain to Iraq, from classical Antiquity to the 2011 Arab Spring, and from poetry and scriptu
Michael A. Reynolds, Associate Professor of Near Eastern Studies, was the co-winner of the George Louis Beer Prize for his book, Shattering Empires: The Clash and Collapse of the Ottoman and Russian Empires 1908–1918, published by Cambridge University Press in 2011. The George Louis Beer Prize is given “in recognition of outstanding historical writing in European international history since 1895. This prize was established in accordance with the terms of a bequest by George Louis Bee