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Archive – November 2012

Robert H. Niehaus '77 Professor of Near Eastern Studies and Religion Muhammad Qasim Zaman’s new book, Modern Islamic Thought in a Radical Age: Religious Authority and Internal Criticism, has been published by Cambridge University Press. A wide ranging study, “this book examines some of the most important issues facing the Muslim world since the late nineteenth century … [and] provides the depth and the comparative perspective necessary for an understanding of the ferment t
This year Near Eastern Studies is hosting two Fulbright Visiting Fellows, Farda Asadov and Zafar Najmiddinov. Dr. Asadov is the Vice-Rector for International Affairs at Khazar University in Baku, Azerbaijan, and directs Arab Studies at the Institute of Oriental Studies of the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Azerbaijan. During his Fulbright (October 2012–May 2013) at Princeton, Asadov will be researching the relationship between Arabs and Khazar Turks in the maintenance of
Katherine Costello '12, a Near Eastern Studies concentrator,  was awarded The James W. Redhouse Student Prizes for Best Progress in the Turkish Language. The Redhouse Prize recognizes the student who has made the best progress in Turkish in the academic year in each of four regions of the United States and Canada as determined by area coordinators and a committee composed of members of the American Association of Teachers of Turkic Languages. The prize is $100 and is currently funded by
Near Eastern Studies graduate student Zachary Foster was awarded the 2012 Graduate Student Paper Prize for, “Can the Locust Speak? Greater Syria During World War I,” at the 2012 MESA Annual Meeting held in Denver, CO.   Nominated by NES assistant professor Cyrus Schayegh, the paper was “evaluated according to originality of research and conceptualization (or interpretation), cogency of argument, and clarity of writing.” Foster received a prize of $250 and a hand-ca
Lecturer in Turkish Erika Gilson received the Jere L. Bacharach Service Award at the 2012 MESA Annual Meeting held in Denver, CO. The Award “recognizes the contributions of individuals through their outstanding service to MESA or the profession. Service is defined broadly to include work in diverse areas, including but not limited to outreach, librarianship, and film.” Gilson’s citation read: “In recognition of her exceptional dedication for over 30 years to the develop
Garrett Professor in Foreign Affairs, Chairman of the Near Eastern Studies Department, and Director of the Program in Near Eastern Studies M. Şükrü Hanioğlu has been awarded the 2012 President’s Grand Prize for Culture and Arts in the field of history. The announcement cited Hanioğlu’s “bringing Turkish history to a universal dimension by developing an authentic historical voice and molding current events with his rich historical knowledge.”
Bijan Mossavar-Rahmani ’74 and Sharmin Mossavar-Rahmani ’80 gave Princeton University a $10 million gift to establish the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Iran and Persian Gulf Studies in order “to provide a comprehensive interdisciplinary approach to understanding Iran and the Persian Gulf, with special attention to the region's significance for the contemporary world.” Both Bijan Mossavar-Rahmani and Sharmin Mossavar-Rahmani majored in economics at Princeton while also e