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Middle East and North African Studies

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Sign up for MENA Classes in the 2020-2021 Academic Year

Exploring the MENA Region

Explore the courses our award-winning faculty are offering this year: History of the Modern Middle East, Introduction to Islam, U.S. Media Representations of the Middle East, Islamic Political Thought and Activism in the Modern Middle East, Interpreting Iran, A Muslim History of Europe, Sonic Practices in the Middle East, The Ottomans, and more!


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MENA faculty members produce cutting-edge research and public scholarship on the contemporary Middle East and North Africa, publishing articles in leading academic journals and books that are widely taught and make an impact both in the scholarly world and in the wider cultural conversation.


Studying a language of the Middle East and North Africa allows you to have a more intimate perspective on the cultures, histories, and societies of the region. Whether you choose to major in MENA or not, you may enroll in courses in any of the four major languages of the region: Arabic, Hebrew, PersianTurkish.

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MENA Graduate Student Colloquium

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM, Online

Presenter: Jesús C. Muñoz (PhD Student, Comparative Literary Studies/MENA Program) Title: “Poetics of Glowing Histories in Flesh and Ar...

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