The University of Chicago Shi‘i Studies Group presents Reason and Esotericism in Shi‘i Islam. This event was held on Friday, April 4, from 8:45am to 6:00pm. Learn more

Reason and Esotericism in Shi‘i Islam: hermeneutics, law, theology, heresiography, epistemology, politics, and anthropology

John Judis discussed his new book, Genesis, on April 2 at 4:30 pm in Social Science 122. This event was co-sponsored by CMES, CCJS, CIS, CIR, PISP, and Political Science. Learn more

Book Talk by John Judis on Wednesday, April 2

CMES, the Center for Arabic Language and Culture, and the Illinois Humanities Council invite you to this special cultural event featuring a musical performance by Salaam and a lecture on Arabic poetry Learn More

March 5: An Evening of Arab Music and Poetry

Graduate students from all departments are invited to submit work on a range of topics related to Middle Eastern Studies. The submission deadline is 5pm on Friday, April 11th. Learn more

Call for Papers: Volume 3, Issue 2 of LIGHTS, the MESSA Journal from the University of Chicago

The "AL-AIDS" symposium was held on January 18th, 2014 at the University of Chicago. Watch video

AL-AIDS: Confronting the HIV Pandemic in the Middle East

Welcome to CMES

Welcome to the Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES) at the University of Chicago. As a Title VI National Resource Center, CMES supports research and teaching on the Middle East across a wide range of disciplines. CMES also administers the university's MA program in Middle Eastern Studies. Through a variety of curricular and co-curricular programs, the Center works to maintain the University of Chicago's singular reputation as a leader in the teaching of Middle Eastern languages and cultures.

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Summer Arabic at University of Chicago

Study Arabic this summer at the University of Chicago.

Elementary Arabic

Elementary Arabic focuses on mastery of core vocabulary and control of the basic syntactic and morphological structures of standard Arabic. The course emphasizes listening comprehension and conversational practice along with reading and writing skills.

Intermediate Arabic

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Summer Research Lab for Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at UIUC

Summer Research Lab in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies

at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

May 19 – August 8, 2014

with workshops on Ibadi Islam: History and Bibliography (July 14, 2014)

and The Arab Spring (Al-Rabīʻ al-‘Arabī) (July 16, 2014)

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Lights: Call for Papers

CALL FOR PAPERS Volume 3, Issue 2 of LIGHTS, the MESSA Journal From the University of Chicago

We invite graduate students from all departments to submit work on a range of topics related to Middle Eastern Studies. We encourage papers that explore the political, linguistic, and cultural significance that transcend limitations across formal/generic cultural, ideological boundaries, and/or within various aesthetic approaches.

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Intensive Intermediate Turkish Offered in Summer 2014

Intensive Intermediate Turkish enables students to develop strong intermediate speaking, listening, reading and writing skills and  further solidify their foundation in grammar and vocabulary. Students study Turkish as it is used in authentic media, literature, and film, and gain familiarity with Turkish culture and civilization. The course will also address the needs of those preparing to study Ottoman.

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Critically-acclaimed Documentary "The Square" premieres at the Gene Siskel Film Theater January 17-23

Nominated for the Oscar in Best Documentary Feature and winner of the audience award at both the 2013 Sundance and Toronto film festivals, THE SQUARE is a uniquely immersive experience that sizzles with the energy, danger, and spirit of history in the making.  This thrillingly chaotic chronicle filmed at street level in Tahrir Square carries Egypt’s revolution from the heady days of the overthrow of a dictator through the crackdown of martial law and to the deposing of a president.

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29th Annual Middle East History and Theory Conference: Call for Papers

University of Chicago, May 2-3, 2014

We are pleased to invite students and faculty to submit papers for the 29th Annual Middle East History and Theory (MEHAT) Conference, to be held May 2–3, 2014, at the University of Chicago.

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Remember CMES

Dear Alumni/Alumnae, Students, Faculty, Staff, and Friends of CMES-- The end of another calendar year is upon us.  We at CMES extend to all of you our best wishes for the holiday season, quarter break, and a smooth transition into the New Year.

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Thank you!

CMES would like to thank everyone who donated for the Farouk Mustafa memorial plaque.  The plaque was installed in Pick 218 during the first week of the fall quarter.  We are pleased to have this permanent memorial to our dear ustadh.

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Explore CMES' Educational Resources

The Center for Middle Eastern Studies has developed and maintains an extensive online library of resources to support professional educators in teaching about the Middle East and to enhance public knowledge of the region. We encourage everyone to visit the Educational Outreach section of this website and explore the range of materials we offer.

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Call for Papers: 28th Annual Middle East History and Theory Conference

University of Chicago, May 3-5, 2013

We are pleased to invite students and faculty to submit papers for the 28th Annual Middle East History and Theory (MEHAT) Conference, to be held May 3–5, 2013, at the University of Chicago. We welcome a broad range of submissions from across the disciplines, including (but not limited to) anthropology, art history, cinema and media studies, economics, history, literature, philosophy, politics, religion, sociology, or any other topic concerning the Middle East from the advent of Islam to the present day.

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