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News & Alerts

  • Fall 2015 classes begin on September 2nd, 2015
  • Join us at the MEIS Semester Kickoff Party on September 10th, 2015 at 4PM (located in the Kevorkian Center Library)
  • September 2015 Doctoral Dissertation Deadline: All September 2015 Ph.D. candidates must submit their final dissertation (following a successful defense) via ProQuest by Friday, September 18. Candidates must also submit their Advisor Approval Form and signed Title Page to OASA (6 Washington Square North, Second Floor) by this same date. This is a firm deadline and there are no extensions. Final Deadline: Friday, September 18. Read More

Recent Graduate Student Accomplishments

Successful Dissertation Defenses (AY14-15)

  • Mohamed Elshahed, "Revolutionary Modernism: Architecture & The Politics of Transition in Cairo 1939-1965"
  • Aaron Jakes, "State of the Field: Agrarian Transformation, Colonial Rule, and the Politics of Material Wealth in Egypt, 1882-1914"
  • Ibrahim Kalkan, "Torture, Law, and Politics in the Late Ottoman Empire, 1840-1918"
  • Peter Valenti, "State-Building in Central Arabia: Empires & Regional Actions at the Cross Roads of al-Qasim"

Awards (AY15-16)

  • Suneela Mubayi, Mellon Dissertation Fellowship
  • Amir Moosavi, Carola Collier Berthelot Trust Fellowship
  • Ahmad Shokr, Carola Collier Berthelot Trust Fellowship

Director of Graduate Studies

katzprofile.jpgProfessor Marion Katz
Office Address: 50 Washington Square South New York, NY 10012
Phone: (212) 998-8888
Fax: (212) 995-4689

Professor Marion Katz's first book, Body of Text, deals with the reconstruction of early scholarly debates about the law of ritual purity (tahara) and the underlying issues of community boundaries, gender, and attitudes towards the body. More recently, she published a monograph examining the forms of piety surrounding the celebration of the birth of the Prophet Muhammad (the mawlid al-nabawi). It demonstrates that the complex of devotional narratives surrounding the motif of the Prophet’s birth has deep roots in the Islamic tradition, long predating the emergence of the mawlid celebration. While these narratives often defy the standards of the scholarly disciplines of history and hadith (and probably have their roots in popular storytelling), they show enormous continuity and cohesiveness over a period of many centuries. For many medieval Muslims, it is likely that these stories functioned as the best-known and most authoritative accounts of the Prophet’s origins and birth.


Contact the MEIS Administrative Coordinator Haley Peele or the MEIS Director of Graduate Studies with general questions.