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Middle East and North African Studies

MENA Dialogues


Interviews with leading scholars, artists, and writers

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MENA's award-winning faculty come from the disciplines of anthropology, art history, comparative literature, history, political science, religion, film and media studies. Our professors teach and write about the region from a variety of perspectives, with a focus on the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.


MENA faculty members produce cutting-edge research and public scholarship on the contemporary Middle East and North Africa, publishing articles in leading academic journals and books that are widely taught and make an impact both in the scholarly world and in the wider cultural conversation.


Studying a language of the Middle East and North Africa allows you to have a more intimate perspective on the cultures, histories, and societies of the region. Whether you choose to major in MENA or not, you may enroll in courses in any of the four major languages of the region: Arabic, Hebrew, PersianTurkish.

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