The Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES) is a unit within the School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies (MENAS) at the University of Arizona. CMES is proud to collaborate with our affiliates to foster understanding, knowledge, and research of the Middle East.
University of Arizona Affiliates
The School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies (MENAS) is a multi-disciplinary unit focusing on the region known as the Near or Middle East, which includes the Arab world, Iran, Israel and Turkey, providing a full range of language courses in Arabic, Persian, Turkish and Hebrew (through Judaic Studies).
MENAS offers programs leading to the Bachelor of Arts (BA), Master of Arts (MA), Accelerated Masters (AMP), and the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees in Middle Eastern and North African Studies, with courses in anthropology, art and architecture, geography, history, linguistics, Islamic studies, literary studies, mass culture and media studies, minority studies, and political science. Other degrees include a BA in Arabic and a dual major of Arabic/MENAS.
MENAS offers, in conjunction with other departments, the following dual degrees:
- Dual BA in MENAS and Religious Studies
- Dual MA in MENAS and Journalism
- Dual MA-MPA in MENAS and Public Policy
- Dual PhD in MENAS and Anthropology
Minor Programs in MENAS are offered for PhD students in other departments.
The Arizona Center for Judaic Studies’ mission is to contribute to the overall mission of The University of Arizona by promoting advanced scholarship by translating faculty research into dynamic undergraduate instruction, and by contributing to the community through educational outreach and professional advising. Our goal is to transmit, interpret and critique Jewish historical, religious, and cultural traditions for the benefit of present and future generations.
Judaic Studies website: http://judaic.arizona.edu/
The American Institute for Maghrib Studies (AIMS) was founded in 1984 to promote the systematic study of North Africa among interested scholars, specialists, students, and others concerned with the region. Its offices are located in the Center for Middle Eastern Studies. AIMS sponsors The Journal of North African Studies (published by Francis and Taylor), publishes a biannual newsletter, sponsors annual academic conferences in North Africa, provides funding support for students and scholars to undertake research in the region, maintains overseas research centers in Tunis (CEMAT) Oran (CEMA) and Tangiers (TALM), hosts an annual advanced summer Arabic language program in Tangiers, administers a yearly dissertation workshop for students, and provides other professional services to its members.
AIMS is a member of the Council of American Overseas Research Centers, which is housed at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC. It is the only CAORC affiliate that administers three overseas centers, covering an entire region.
AIMS is governed by its appointed officers and a nine-member Board of Directors, elected for three year terms. The AIMS board meets annually in conjunction with the Middle East Studies Association (MESA). The board consists of two-third members appointed from the institutional membership, and one-third coming from the general membership. All members are invited to meet annually at the AIMS business meeting which generally directly follows the board meeting. AIMS also has an international advisory committee, or Commission Mixte, composed of representatives from Tunisia, Algeria, and Morocco.
AIMS receives support from the United States Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education. Specific programs have been supported by grants from other sources, including the Ford Foundation, UNESCO, and Fulbright-Hays.
The Roshan Graduate Interdisciplinary Program (GIDP) in Persian and Iranian Studies offers MA and PhD degrees focusing on a) modern or classical Persian literature and culture, or b) Iranian (or other Persian speaking societies') history, religion, social organization, and politics, and an interdisciplinary doctoral minor.
Please visit their website at https://persian.arizona.edu/.
Title VI National Resource Centers
- Columbia University, Middle East Institute
- Duke University/University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Consortium for Middle East Studies
- Georgetown University, Center for Contemporary Arab Studies
- Indiana University at Bloomington, Center for the Study of the Middle East
- New York University, Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies
- The George Washington University Institute for Middle East Studies
- University of Arizona, Center for Middle Eastern Studies
- University of California, Los Angeles, Center for Near Eastern Studies
- University of Chicago, Center for Middle Eastern Studies
- University of Illinois, Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
- University of Michigan, Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies
Middle East Centers/Institutes/Schools
The United States
- Brandeis University, Crown Center for Middle East Studies
- Florida State University, Middle East Center
- George Washington University, Institute for Middle East Studies
- Harvard University, Center for Middle Eastern Studies
- Northeastern University, Middle East Center
- Ohio State University, Middle East Studies Center
- Portland State University, Middle East Studies Center
- Princeton University, The Institute for the Transregional Study of the Contemporary Middle East, North Africa & Central Asia
- Rutgers University, Center for Middle Eastern Studies
- Tufts University, Fares Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies
- University of Arizona, School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies
- University of Arkansas, King Fahd Center for Middle East Studies
- UC Irvine, Samuel Jordan Center for Persian Studies and Culture
- UC Santa Barbara, Center for Middle East Studies
- University of Denver, Center for Middle East Studies
- University of Illinois, Center for South Asian & Middle Eastern Studies
- University of Oklahoma, Center for Middle East Studies
- University of Maryland, Roshan Institute for Persian Studies
- University of Utah, Middle East Center
- Washington University in St. Louis, Jewish, Islamic and Near Eastern Languages and Cultures
- Centro de Estudios de Medio Oriente y Africa del Norte (Argentina)
- Leiden University Institute for Area Studies (LIAS): Asia and the Near and Middle East (Netherlands)
- London School of Economics, Middle East Centre (UK)
- Lund University, Center for Middle Eastern Studies (Sweden)
- St. Antony's College, Oxford, Middle East Centre (UK)
- University of Cambridge, HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Centre of Islamic Studies (UK)
- University of Exeter, Centre for Kurdish Studies (UK)
- University of London (SOAS), London Middle East Institute (UK)
- The Academic Research Institute in Iraq
- American Association of Teachers of Arabic
- American Association of Teachers of Turkic Languages
- American Association of Teachers of Persian
- American Institute of Afghanistan Studies
- American Institute of Iranian Studies
- American Institute for Maghrib Studies
- American Institute for Yemeni Studies
- American Research Center in Egypt
- American Research Institute in Turkey
- Association for Iranian Studies
- Association for Israel Studies (CMES pays half the dues of The Arizona Center for Judaic Studies' membership)
- Association of Middle East Children & Youth Studies
- The Association for the Study of Persianate Societies
- Council of National Resource Center Directors (paid with non-TVI funds)
- Middle East Outreach Council
- Middle East Studies Association
- Palestinian American Research Center
- Agence de Developpement Urbain, Mauritania
- Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco
- American University in Cairo, Egypt
- Center for the Study of the Built Environment, Jordan
- Jordan University of Science and Technology, Jordan
- Menoufiya University, Egypt
- Ministry of Higher Education, Afghanistan
- National School of Forest Engineering, Morocco
- University of Damascus, Syria
- University of Moulay Ismail in Meknes, Morocco
- Universite de Nouakchott Al-Aasriya, Mauritania