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Professor Bernard Haykel has agreed to serve as the Director of the Program in Near Eastern Studies beginning July 1, 2017. Haykel succeeds Associate Professor Cyrus Schayegh in this position. Haykel's research is concerned with the political and social tensions that arise from questions about religious identity and authority. He is the author of Revival and Reform in Islam: The Legacy of Muhammad al-Shawkani (Cambridge University Press, 2003. He also directs the Institute for
Third-year Ph.D. student Peter Kitlas has won a Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and administered by the Social Science Research Council. Kitlas will use the fellowship, which funds dissertation research abroad, to spend time at the archives in Morocco (Rabat and Tetouan) and in Istanbul (Başbakanlık and Topkapı Sarayı). His project focuses on Moroccan and Ottoman diplomatic developments from a local and foreign bureaucratic pers
Near Eastern Studies held its 2017 Class Day Reception in 1915 Hall on June 5. At the reception the Department and Program announced departmental honors and presented this year’s prize winners. Preston Lim and Zeena Mubarak earned Highest Honors, Alice Catanzaro earned High Honors, and Hammad Aslam and Natasha Madorsky earned Honors. Preston Lim was awarded both the Bayard and Cleveland Dodge Memorial Thesis Prize and the Ertegün Foundation Thesis Prize for Best Senior Thesis in Ottom
Graduating seniors Alice Catanzaro ’17 and Preston Lim ’17 have been elected to Phi Beta Kappa. “The Phi Beta Kappa Society, founded in 1776 and the oldest of all national honorary scholastic societies, has a chapter at Princeton. Election to this chapter is based on scholastic standing and is open to candidates for the A.B. and B.S.E. degrees in their senior year. The chapter generally includes in its membership the highest-ranking tenth of each graduating class. A small group
M. Qasim Zaman, Robert H. Niehaus '77 Professor of Near Eastern Studies and Religion and Chair of the Department of Near Eastern Studies, will receive one of four Graduate Mentoring Awards handed out by the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning and will be honored during the Graduate School’s Hooding ceremony Monday, June 5, on Cannon Green.
The mentoring award recognizes Princeton faculty members who nurture the intellectual, professional and personal growth of their graduate stude
Third-year Ph.D. student Dana Lee has been awarded the Laurance S. Rockefeller Graduate Prize Fellowship by the University Center for Human Values. “The Laurance S. Rockefeller Graduate Prize Fellowship program is intended to recognize and support post-generals Princeton University graduate students with distinguished academic records in any discipline whose dissertation research centrally involves the critical study of human values. In addition to providing tangible support, a main purpos
Sixth-year Ph.D. student Sarah Islam has been named a 2017 Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellow by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. In its press release, the Foundation describes the Newcombe Fellowship as “the nation’s largest and most prestigious award for Ph.D. candidates in the humanities and social sciences addressing questions of ethical and religious values. Each Fellow will receive a 12-month award of $25,000 to support their final year of diss
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."