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What is NES?

September 1, 2017

The Near East is an older term for the Middle East. As defined by the department, the “Near East” extends from Morocco (and medieval Spain) across North Africa, through Egypt, the Levant (Israel and Palestine, Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan), Turkey and South-West Asia.

Ongoing research in our department encompasses a multitude of disciplines including the cuneiform tablets of ancient Iraq, Islamic history and law, the archaeology of Southwest Asia, medieval Judeo-Arabic, biblical studies, religion in late antiquity, comparative linguistics, modern Egyptian history, medieval Arabic literature, and modern literature and film.

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