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Near Eastern Studies at Cornell

The Department of Near Eastern Studies serves as the central hub of teaching and research on the Near East/Middle East for Cornell University. We offer courses on a wide array of subjects important for understanding the full sweep of Near Eastern civilizations--including languages, literature, history, linguistics, archaeology, and religion. Read More

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Recent Publications

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The Gendered Palimpsest: Women, Writing, and Representation in Early Christianity
Kim Haines-Eitzen

Books and bodies, women and books, and the malleable word and flesh lie thematically at the center of The Gendered Palimpsest, which explores the roles that women played in the production, reproduction, and dissemination of early Christian books, and how the representation of female characters was contested through the medium of writing and copying. The book is organized in two sections, the first of which treats historical questions: To what extent were women authors, scribes, book-lenders, and patrons of early Christian literature? How should we understand the representation of women readers in ascetic literature? The second section of the book turns to text-critical questions: How and why were stories of women modified in the process of copying? And how did debates about asceticism--and, more specifically, the human body--find their way into the textual transmission of canonical and apocryphal literature?

Cornell Affiliates

Given the interdisciplinary nature of Near Eastern Studies at Cornell, the department maintains close ties to a number of affiliated programs, institutes, and collections. See the Full List

Funding Opportunities

Check out the opportunities for students to receive funding for conducting research in the Middle East.  click here




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