On Friday, May 20, Edhem Eldem, Visiting Professor at Columbia University, will present “Revisiting the Past: Ottomans at the Alhambra, 1844-1914” in Saieh Hall 146 at 4:30pm.

CMES Friday Lecture: Edhem Eldem

In this lecture, Professor Ronald Suny will discuss his book “They Can Live in the Desert but Nowhere Else”: A History of the Armenian Genocide (2015). Join us on June 6 at 5pm in Pick Lounge.

“They Can Live In The Desert But Nowhere Else:” Explaining The Armenian Genocide 100 Years Later

On Friday, April 8, University of Pennsylvania Professor Emeritus Roger Allen presented "The End of the Nahdah?" in honor of our dear colleague and friend, Farouk Mustafa. Learn more

3rd Annual Farouk Mustafa Memorial Lecture on Modern Arabic Literature

The Sultan Qaboos College for Teaching Arabic Language to Non-Native Speakers in Manah, Oman offers intensive Arabic instruction in a unique cultural environment. Learn more

Study Arabic at the Sultan Qaboos College in Oman

Three levels of Arabic, intensive intermediate Turkish, and Hebrew reading and research courses will be offered during the 2016 Summer Language Institute at the University of Chicago. Learn more

Study Middle Eastern Languages in Chicago This Summer

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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Fulbright U.S. Student Program Fellowships 2017-2018

Upcoming information session: Tuesday, May 24 at 12pm in Cobb 103


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Spring Quarter 2016 Courses

Here are our course offerings for the upcoming quarter!

Spring 2016 Course Descriptions

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Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships

The Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship competition is open to graduate students who are U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent residents who are enrolled in or applying to a full-time program that combines modern foreign language training with international or area studies. CMES offers FLAS awards in Arabic, Armenian, Hebrew, Persian, Turkish, and Uzbek. Application materials are available through UChicago Grad.

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American Research Institute in Turkey


The American Research Institute in Turkey (ARIT) is pleased to announce 2016-2017 fellowship programs for U.S.-based students and scholars: 

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