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
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.
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
Check out the opportunities for students to receive funding for conducting research in the Middle East. click here
- Apr 25 Islam and Democracy: Destined to Collide?
- Apr 29 The Ambiguity of Virtue: Gertrude van Tijn and the Fate of the Dutch Jews during World War II
Where is the Near East?
Intensive Summer Arabic Program
A unique summer program that integrates spoken Arabic with Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) in a way that reflects the use of the language by native speakers. (Not available for Summer 2014)