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
Mongrels or Marvels: The Levantine Writings of Jacqueline Shohet Kahanoff
Edited by Deborah A. Starr
Mongrels or Marvels offers Kahanoff's most influential and engaging writings, selected from essays and works of fiction that anticipate contemporary concerns about cultural integration in immigrant societies. Confronted with the breakdown of cosmopolitan Egyptian society, and the stereotypes she encountered as a Jew from the Arab world, she developed a social model, Levantinism, that embraces the idea of a pluralist, multicultural society and counters the prevailing attitudes and identity politics in the Middle East with the possibility of mutual respect and acceptance.
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
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)