Middle East Studies

As an area of strategic importance and vast complexity, the Middle East is integral to the making of global socio-economic networks, political discourses and the histories of colonialism and empire and has always been a crossroads for states and empires, networks of trade and intellectual discourse. Middle East Studies (MES) adopts a definition of the region that extends beyond traditional geographic parameters by approaching the study of the Middle East of the 21st century as a global phenomenon, one that has generated diasporic communities throughout the world as well as transnational Islamic and other religion-based movements. The multi-disciplinary faculty of the Middle East Studies Program feature research and teaching on diverse topics, countries and peoples in the region, and the curriculum reflects these varied disciplinary groundings.

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