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 ArabicPersianTurkish 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:

Minor Programs in MENAS are offered for PhD students in other departments.

MENAS also houses the Project GOArabic Flagship, and Center for Arabic Studies Abroad programs.


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.

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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.

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Title VI National Resource Centers

Middle East Centers/Institutes/Schools

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