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03/19/2020

All Spring events have been postponed until further notice.

POSTPONED: Third Annual Princeton Undergraduate Near Eastern Studies ConferenceIn light of the COVID-19 public health em...
02/14/2020

POSTPONED: Third Annual Princeton Undergraduate Near Eastern Studies Conference

In light of the COVID-19 public health emergency situation, the Third Annual Princeton Undergraduate Near Eastern Studies Conference will not be held as scheduled on May 7-8, 2020. Instead, the conference has been postponed to fall 2020. Another update about the status of the conference will be issued at nes.princeton.edu in May.

We thank those who have already submitted applications and express our sincere hope that we will be able to host many of them for the conference later this year.

Spring 1940: Writing Jewish and Mediterranean History in Fascist ItalyFrancesca Trivellato | 4:30pm, February 11, 2020 |...
12/16/2019

Spring 1940: Writing Jewish and Mediterranean History in Fascist Italy
Francesca Trivellato | 4:30pm, February 11, 2020 | 101 McCormick Hall

Join us tonight at Mathey College for the Arabic Language Table!
10/17/2019

Join us tonight at Mathey College for the Arabic Language Table!

Practice your Persian at Persian Table, Fridays from 11:45am-1pm in Butler/Wu Hall!
10/16/2019

Practice your Persian at Persian Table, Fridays from 11:45am-1pm in Butler/Wu Hall!

Congratulations to Tim Louthan who defended his M.A. thesis entitled, "Antun Sa'adeh and Syrian Social Nationalism: A St...
10/15/2019

Congratulations to Tim Louthan who defended his M.A. thesis entitled, "Antun Sa'adeh and Syrian Social Nationalism: A Study of the Za'im, His Thought, and His Party" in Jones Hall 102. His advisor is Professor Max Weiss.

Another account of NES summer research by Michael Brill, a third year Ph.D student:"While in D.C., I interviewed people ...
10/11/2019
The Ghosts of Past Wars Live on in a Critical Archive - War on the Rocks

Another account of NES summer research by Michael Brill, a third year Ph.D student:

"While in D.C., I interviewed people for the War on the Rocks article, but was primarily there to conduct research using the various collections of digitized Iraqi Ba'th Party records at the Hoover Institution's Washington office. There I worked on two projects with my M.A. adviser from Georgetown University, Professor Joseph Sassoon. The first project is an article we are co-authoring tentatively titled "The North Iraq Dataset (NIDS): Ba'thist Rule in Northern Iraq, 1968-1991." The article deals with a collection of documents from Saddam Hussein's regime captured by Kurdish rebels during the uprising immediately after the 1991 Gulf War. We discuss the history of the archive, attempts to index and study it, its contents, and the scholarship to date based on the records to present. The article will appear in a forthcoming issue of the International Journal of Contemporary Iraqi Studies and hopefully be out later this year. The second project we are working on is about the last remaining members of Iraq's Jewish community under Ba'thist rule. We plan on submitting a full draft of this article for review early next year. Lastly, during my time at Hoover D.C. office this summer, I spent time looking through a collection of documents titled the Ba'th Regional Command Collection Membership Files Dataset, which I anticipate using extensively for my dissertation research."

Link to article: https://warontherocks.com/2019/09/the-ghosts-of-past-wars-live-on-in-a-critical-archive/

The United States will soon deploy soldiers to Afghanistan born after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Next August will mark the 30th anniversary

Come to Persian Table tomorrow (Friday) from 11:30-1 in Butler/Wu Hall!
10/03/2019

Come to Persian Table tomorrow (Friday) from 11:30-1 in Butler/Wu Hall!

We are starting off the new year publishing short posts about various NES members' summer research. First up is an entry...
09/27/2019
KFCRIS on Twitter

We are starting off the new year publishing short posts about various NES members' summer research. First up is an entry by the NES lecturer, Makio Yamada.

"In May 2019, I joined the T20 Summit in Tokyo, Japan. The T20 (Think20) is one of the Engagement Groups of the G20 that creates policy recommendations for its member states. It ran 10 Task Forces this year, and I participated in the workshops of the Task Force No. 7 “The Future of Work and Education for the Digital Age” that discussed how policies should address challenges posed to individuals, businesses and governments by the latest technological advancements such as automation and the Industrial Revolution 4.0. This experience gave me an opportunity to think on how such an issue matters to Saudi Arabia, a country I am doing research on. Later in July, I published my thought in the report entitled “The Future of Work and Education in Saudi Arabia in Light of the G20 Policy Debate.” The report was co-authored with Lama Khaiyat, a Saudi consultant advising the World Bank."

See the report here: http://kfcris.com/en/view/post/227

Hebrew Language Table begins tonight at 6:30pm at the Center for Jewish Life!
09/23/2019

Hebrew Language Table begins tonight at 6:30pm at the Center for Jewish Life!

A look at events this spring, from a workshop on Islamic law to department events supporting undergraduates concentratin...
06/29/2019

A look at events this spring, from a workshop on Islamic law to department events supporting undergraduates concentrating in NES!

06/29/2019

Engaged in an interesting summer project? Message Princeton NES about it! You might be featured on our upcoming summer blog series.

A glance at this year's Persian language events! Pictured here are events in calligraphy, Persian cooking, and a Persian...
05/20/2019

A glance at this year's Persian language events! Pictured here are events in calligraphy, Persian cooking, and a Persian-language yoga session.

This year, Persian classes also visited the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections to look at the Iranian coin collections. The visit was conducted in Persian by Rozi Taasob.

NES graduate students, staff, and faculty, enjoyed the iconic grilled cheese and tomato soup menu at this year's last Ta...
04/29/2019

NES graduate students, staff, and faculty, enjoyed the iconic grilled cheese and tomato soup menu at this year's last Take a Break in Jones Hall 101

You can now follow NES Princeton on Instagram @NES_Princeton
04/22/2019

You can now follow NES Princeton on Instagram @NES_Princeton

Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture
04/17/2019

Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture

Artist @tremainsmith leads workshop at Princeton University on March 30, with lecture on April 17! We love what the students created!

The Art of Geometry: Islamic Designs in the Ancient Technique of Encaustic. TODAY at 4:30 PM in Jones 100
04/17/2019

The Art of Geometry: Islamic Designs in the Ancient Technique of Encaustic. TODAY at 4:30 PM in Jones 100

A demonstration of traditional Baghdadi maqam with Hamid al-Saadi and the Safaafir Ensemble (feat. Amir Elsaffar). Come ...
04/01/2019

A demonstration of traditional Baghdadi maqam with Hamid al-Saadi and the Safaafir Ensemble (feat. Amir Elsaffar). Come to Taplin Auditorium tomorrow at 7:30 pm for the full performance.

CALL FOR PAPERS DUE TODAY, APRIL 1st!
04/01/2019

CALL FOR PAPERS DUE TODAY, APRIL 1st!

Call For Papers due TODAY, APRIL 1!
Undergraduates in Near Eastern Studies
Please submit your abstact of no more than 300 words that outlines your work by April 1, 2019.
Conference will be held in Princeton May 3-4, 2019.

Wishing everyone a happy and pleasant Nowruz 🌱
03/21/2019

Wishing everyone a happy and pleasant Nowruz 🌱

Call For Papers due TODAY, APRIL 1! Undergraduates in Near Eastern StudiesPlease submit your abstact of no more than 300...
03/14/2019

Call For Papers due TODAY, APRIL 1!
Undergraduates in Near Eastern Studies
Please submit your abstact of no more than 300 words that outlines your work by April 1, 2019.
Conference will be held in Princeton May 3-4, 2019.

TRI Lunchtime Lecture: Tuesday, March 5 at 12 noon. 102 Jones Hall - Afshon OstovarIran, its Proxies, and the Limits of ...
03/04/2019

TRI Lunchtime Lecture: Tuesday, March 5 at 12 noon.
102 Jones Hall - Afshon Ostovar
Iran, its Proxies, and the Limits of Religion

Persian Language Table meets today at 11:30am at Butler (Wu Hall). Please join us!
02/15/2019

Persian Language Table meets today at 11:30am at Butler (Wu Hall).
Please join us!

Want to practice your Hebrew? Don't speak a word but want to learn? Come to Hebrew Table today at 6:15 at Center For Jew...
02/11/2019

Want to practice your Hebrew? Don't speak a word but want to learn? Come to Hebrew Table today at 6:15 at Center For Jewish Life!

Persian Language Table begins TODAY!11:30am-1pm Butler (Wu Hall)
02/08/2019

Persian Language Table begins TODAY!
11:30am-1pm Butler (Wu Hall)

Maz Jobrani is coming to McCarter! Wednesday, March 13, 2019 @ 7:30pmFor more information and tickets visit mccarter.org
01/22/2019

Maz Jobrani is coming to McCarter!
Wednesday, March 13, 2019 @ 7:30pm
For more information and tickets visit mccarter.org

NEW COURSE! Themes in Israeli Cinema (HEB 300)Taught by: Philip Zhakevich This course, which is taught entirely in Hebre...
01/14/2019

NEW COURSE! Themes in Israeli Cinema (HEB 300)
Taught by: Philip Zhakevich
This course, which is taught entirely in Hebrew, evaluates the main themes of Israeli cinema. The course will present various issues that concern Israelis today (e.g., immigration, multiculturalism, identity, Israeli-Palestinian/Arab conflict, Holocaust, Jerusalem). The goal of the course is to give students an understanding of the issues that concern Israel today by means of examining trends in Israeli cinema from the earliest films until today.
https://registrar.princeton.edu/course-offerings/course_details.xml?courseid=015002&term=1194

New Course offering for Spring NES 212, taught by Dan Sheffield: Course introduces the history of the Iranian world thro...
01/11/2019

New Course offering for Spring NES 212, taught by Dan Sheffield:
Course introduces the history of the Iranian world through the lens of historical memory. Study primary sources from the ancient, medieval, and modern periods as they think critically about the notion of "Iranian civilization." Themes range from geography and ethnicity to art and poetry to kingship and revolution. Gain hands-on experience working with archival and visual material through class trips to libraries and museums in and around Princeton. Approaches to large-scale problems in the study of history will be introduced, and by the end of the course, students will gain insight into the relevance of Iranian history in the present.
https://registrar.princeton.edu/course-offerings/course_details.xml?courseid=014517&term=1194

Mark your calendars for the Ertegun Foundation Lecture, "Networks of Debt, Coalitions of Trust and Cycle of Crisis: The ...
10/10/2018

Mark your calendars for the Ertegun Foundation Lecture, "Networks of Debt, Coalitions of Trust and Cycle of Crisis: The Ottoman Empire in the Long Eighteenth Century," presented by Stanford historian Ali Yaycioglu. The lecture will be at 4:30pm, 24 October in Jones 100.

Ali Yaycioglu is a historian of the Ottoman Empire focused on the interactions of Ottoman institutions -- economic, political, and legal -- and their transformations. He is the author of "Partners of the Empire: Crisis of the Ottoman Order in the Age of Revolutions" and is currently working on another book, "The Ultimate Debt: Power, Wealth and Death inthe Ottoman Empire," which analyzes the relationship between death, debt and redistribution in the Ottoman Empire.

"Overstating Islam in Turkey and the Middle East" will be the topic of next week's Brown Bag Lunch, Tuesday, 16 October ...
10/09/2018
Overstating Islam in Turkey and the Middle East

"Overstating Islam in Turkey and the Middle East" will be the topic of next week's Brown Bag Lunch, Tuesday, 16 October in Jones 102. Speaking will be political Islam expert Ömer Taşpınar, Professor of National Security Strategy at the National War College of the National Defense University and non-resident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.

For more information, please visit: https://nes.princeton.edu/events/overstating-islam-turkey-and-middle-east

Ömer Taşpınar is Professor of National Security Strategy at the National Defense University and a non-resident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. He is the author of two books: Political Islam and Kurdish Nationalism in Turkey and Winning Turkey: How America, Europe and Turkey Can Revive...

NES Assistant Professor Eve Krakowski received honorable mention in the Historical Studies category fr\om the American A...
10/02/2018
Best receives book award from American Academy of Religion; Krakowski honorable mention

NES Assistant Professor Eve Krakowski received honorable mention in the Historical Studies category fr\om the American Academy of Religion for her book “Coming of Age in Medieval Egypt: Female Adolescence, Jewish Law, and Ordinary Culture."

Last year Professor Krakowski's book was the winner of the 2017 National Jewish Book Award in Women’s Studies and a finalist for the 2017 National Jewish Book Award in Scholarship.

Wallace Best, professor of religion and African American studies, has been awarded the 2018 American Academy of Religion Award for Excellence in the Study of Religion: Textual Studies for his book "Langston's Salvation: American Religion and the Bard of Harlem."

The Brown Bag Lunch Series continues Monday with Tommaso Tesei of the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute and IAS delivering a ...
09/29/2018

The Brown Bag Lunch Series continues Monday with Tommaso Tesei of the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute and IAS delivering a talk titled "Byzantine War Propaganda and the Origins of the Qur'ânic Concept of Fighting Martyrdom" at 12pm, Jones 202. This event is open to the public.

Tommaso Tesei completed his Ph.D. in 2013 jointly at the Department of Oriental Studies, University Sapienza of Rome and at the department of Arabic Studies of the Institut national des langues et civilisations orientales (INALCO), Paris. In 2013 he was awarded a five-year postdoctoral fellowship to join the The Polonsky Academy for Advanced Study at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute. He is currently a member at the Institute for Advanced Study.

This semester's schedule of Brown Bag Lunch talks can be found at: https://www.princeton.edu/nep/events/brown-bag-lunch-talks/

Arabic Table begins Monday. Grab dinner and practice your Arabic at any of three tables held weekly!
09/28/2018

Arabic Table begins Monday. Grab dinner and practice your Arabic at any of three tables held weekly!

Merhaba! Turkish-speakers of all calibers are welcome to have dinner at the Turkish Table tomorrow evening at the Butler...
09/27/2018

Merhaba! Turkish-speakers of all calibers are welcome to have dinner at the Turkish Table tomorrow evening at the Butler College dining hall.

For more information about NES language tables, please visit: https://www.princeton.edu/nep/events/language-tables/

Whether you're new to the language and want to practice or would like to share a meal with other Persian-speakers, have ...
09/26/2018

Whether you're new to the language and want to practice or would like to share a meal with other Persian-speakers, have lunch at the Persian Table at the Butler College dining hall, starting tomorrow!

For more information about NES language tables, please visit: https://www.princeton.edu/nep/events/language-tables/

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Join us at #NYUKEVO at 6pm TODAY for “New Works in Turkish Literary Translation,” a thought-provoking panel discussion with PICT co-founders David Selim Sayers, Evrim Emir Sayers, Ambassador Robert Finn and discussant Sibel Erol. https://www.facebook.com/events/124718762223623/
A Week of Critical and Creative Thinking on the Shores of the Aegean Sea!
A Week of Critical and Creative Thinking on the Shores of the Aegean Sea! https://parisinstitute.org/product/pict-aegean-summer-school-2020/
A Week of Critical and Creative Thinking on the Shores of the Aegean Sea!
A unique collection of very rare photos that are categorized into four sections: traditional performances, original plays (1960-1970), adaptations (1960-1970), and women pioneers. The exhibition features 85 photos from 7 countries in the Middle East. https://www.facebook.com/events/474790239594467/
Exciting program in Islamic studies in Cairo! In partnership with IDEO https://www.facebook.com/cairosummerinstitute/?__tn__=HHH-R
International lecture series on the Ottoman Empire at the University of Vienna Internationale Vortragsreihe zum Osmanischen Reich an der Universität Wien
International lecture series on the Ottoman Empire at the University of Vienna Internationale Vortragsreihe zum Osmanischen Reich an der Universität Wien