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Cynthia Shawamreh will present "Current Trends and Challenges in Islamic Finance: Implementing Islamic Law in the Modern Context" on Friday, February 27 at 4:30pm in Stuart 105.

CMES Friday Lecture: Cynthia Shawamreh

On Friday, January 23, Bilal Orfali of Ohio State University will present "The Maqāmāt of al-Hamadhānī: Manuscripts, Collection, and Early History." Join us at 4:30pm in Stuart 105.

January 23: CMES Friday Lecture with Bilal Orfali

This symposium presents important scholarly developments in the intersection of Islamic studies and philosophy. Join us on Friday, January 30, at 1-4:30pm. Learn more

Muslim Thinkers and Questions of Epistemology in the History of Science

The Center for Middle Eastern Studies is pleased to announce its first Undergraduate Essay Prize. Students are invited to submit papers from any field or course that addresses a topic relating to the Middle East. Deadline is Friday, April 25.

2014-2015 CMES Undergraduate Essay Prize

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, teaching, and outreach across a wide range of disciplines. CMES administers the MA program in Middle Eastern Studies, a dynamic interdisciplinary degree whose alumni span diverse fields from academia to government service. 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 field of Middle Eastern Studies. Regular conferences and lectures present cutting-edge research on Middle Eastern history, society, and culture. The Middle East Education Initiative (MEEI) works with K-12 institutions, community colleges, business, media, and government to share campus expertise with the wider public.

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Lights: Call for Papers

Volume IV, Issue 1 of LIGHTS, the MESSA Journal From the University of Chicago.

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Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships 2015-2016

Application Deadline: Friday, February 6 at 5p.m.

FLAS Fellowships are awards for graduate students concentrating in modern foreign language and international or area studies. In 2015-2016, the UChicago is offering fellowships in five world areas: East Asia, East Europe, Latin America, Middle East, and South Asia (academic year only). The FLAS program provides funding for study on campus during the academic year and on campus or elsewhere (domestically or abroad) during the summer.

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NEW! CMES now offers dual degree MA for University of Chicago College Students

To all students interested in BA/MA Dual Degree in Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES): Please come to the information session on December 3, noon at CMES Lounge, Pick Hall 2nd floor, to learn about: • What CMES is and what it does, • Details of the newly created dual BA/MA degree in “ancient” and "modern" tracks in 5 years, • Requirements for applying to the program in your junior year, • CMES programs and curriculum, • Possible scholarships available for the 5th year.

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CMES Awarded Title VI National Resource Center (NRC) and Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Grants

Dear CMES Community:

We are pleased to announce that CMES was successful in the recent U.S. Department of Education National Resource Center (NRC) and Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) grant competitions for 2014-2018.  Thank you to everyone who played a role in the grant writing process. 

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ARIT Research Fellowship Programs 2015-2016

ARIT / National Endowment for the Humanities Advanced Fellowships for Research in Turkey, 2015-2016.  ARIT/NEH Advanced Fellowships cover all fields of the humanities, including prehistory, history, art, archaeology, literature, and linguistics as well as interdisciplinary aspects of cultural history for applicants who have completed their academic training.

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