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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

Fahmy book

Ordinary Egyptians
Ziad Fahmy

The popular culture of pre-revolution Egypt did more than entertain—it created a nation. Songs, jokes, and satire, comedic sketches, plays, and poetry, all provided an opportunity for discussion and debate about national identity and an outlet for resistance to British and elite authority. This book examines how, from the 1870s until the eve of the 1919 revolution, popular media and culture provided ordinary Egyptians with a framework to construct and negotiate a modern national identity.

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

Where is the Near East? 

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Learn About the Region

Intensive Summer Arabic Program

IAP

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)

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