Middle East Studies for the New Millennium

InterAsia Program Director Seteney Shami and Professor Cynthia Miller-Idriss will introduce their new volume, Middle East Studies for the New Millennium: Infrastructures of Knowledge, at a reception on Saturday, November 19, in conjunction with this year’s Middle East Studies Association (MESA) 50th Anniversary Meeting.

With contributions from scholars immersed in the transformation of their disciplines […]

Education Innovation in the Middle East

Supporting the millions of newly displaced people of the Middle East demands resources far beyond the capacity of the United Nations, and is a continuous humanitarian-aid challenge for companies, foundations, and public-sector donors. While UN peacekeepers are financed by a system of “assessed contributions,” humanitarian aid depends on voluntary donations. Education, which is prioritized below […]

Managing Compromise in the Middle East

The Middle East, and especially the Arab world, is experiencing a period of fundamental change and even more fundamental challenges. But the region’s ability to meet the many challenges that it faces has been complicated by national, regional, and international disagreements about what form change – both across the region and in individual societies – […]

MU now offers a new minor on Middle East studies

Although scores of books with Arabic and Hebrew titles line Nathan Hofer’s bookshelves, he believes an understanding of the Middle East is more than grasping a dichotomy of religions.

Hofer, who holds a doctorate in religious studies with a primary emphasis on Judaism and a secondary emphasis on Islam, directs the new minor in Middle […]

American Middle East Universities in Danger

The attack on the American University of Kabul opens a new chapter on impeding access to liberal education in Afghanistan. It is a chapter that could be opened in as many as 18 American universities across the Middle East and North Africa.


The American University, located on five acres in the Afghan capital, opened […]

Exactly 500 Years Ago, This Battle Changed the Middle East Forever

Five centuries ago, the contours of the modern Middle East were shaped through a series of Ottoman battles. The outcomes of these battles—which shaped the region’s politics, demographics and religious movements—were much more important in the long run than modern phenomena such as the Sykes-Picot Pact. This month marks the five hundredth anniversary of one […]

Middle Eastern studies

Harvard’s graduate programs in Middle Eastern studies are coordinated by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES). Established in 1954 to support research and teaching on the Middle East, CMES has produced generations of scholars with a profound understanding of and active engagement in the region. At the core of the Center’s mandate is the […]

Author discusses his new book on the evolution of Middle East studies

Conventional wisdom has it that area studies is a result of federal efforts to promote scholarship that might help the U.S. in the Cold War. But a new book argues that this isn’t close to the full story. The book, Field Notes: The Making of Middle East Studies in the United States (Stanford University Press), […]

How the Middle East was invented

Much has been made of how European imperial powers reshaped the Middle East after World War I, a transformation often said to have begun 100 years ago this week when France and Britain signed the Sykes-Picot agreement. But fewer people realize that, in addition to creating the map of the modern Middle East, postwar European […]

Prouni, an example to the middle east

The University for All Program (Prouni) is a federal government program in Brazil created to grant full scholarships and partial in undergraduate and sequential specific training in private institutions of higher education. it was created by Law No. 11.096, of 13 January 2005 , when Tarso Genro was Minister of President Luiz Inacio Education ” […]