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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

Muhammad Is Not the Father of Any of Your Men

Muhammad is Not the Father of Any of Your Men: The Making of the Last Prophet
David S. Powers

This book explores the connection between the theolgical claim that Muhammad is the Last Prophet and his sonlessness. Analysis of early Islamic sources suggests that the theological doctrine triggered changes to the historical record, the reform of key legal institutions, and the revision of the consonantal skeleton of the Quran.

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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