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Middle East & North African Studies


MENA Faculty Teaching Awards! (10-14-2014):  

MENA is thrilled to share the great news that four MENA faculty have been named to the Associated Student Government (ASG) Faculty and Administration Honor Roll for superlative teaching performance in 2013-14.  They are Professors Brannon Ingram, Rebecca Johnson, Fatima Khan, and Wendy Pearlman. This recognition honors their work in the classroom and with students.  MENA celebrates our colleagues and is so proud to have them teaching for our program! Congratulations!


Upcoming Events

MENA Mondays. "The Middle East: 2014 in Review (and what to expect in 2015)."
January 5, 2015 • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
University Hall 1897 Sheridan Road Hagstrum Room, 201 

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On the Ground: New Directions in Middle East and North African Studies, edited by Brian Edwards, and featuring the work of 8 core faculty in MENA, was released in print on February 6, 2014. An online edition with full text of the contents is available here.


The Middle East and North African Studies Program (MENA) at Northwestern University offers interdisciplinary approaches to one of the most dynamic regions in the world—stretching from Morocco in the west to Iran and the Gulf States in the east, the Mediterranean in the north and into Saharan Africa and the Sudan in the south. MENA provides education in languages (Arabic, Persian and Turkish), histories, literatures and sociocultural specificities of this diverse area, while examining its global affiliations.

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Photo Gallery

Brian Edwards,Tehran, 2009

Jessica Winegar, Egypt, 2011

Brian Edwards, Isfahan, 2007

Hannah Feldman, Algiers

Brian Edwards, Fes

Hannah Feldman, Doha, Qatar

Brian Edwards, Casablanca, 2011

Jessica Winegar, Egypt, 2011

Brian Edwards, Casablanca, 2011

Brian Edwards, Cairo, 2009

Elizabeth Hurd, Damascus, 2009

Brian Edwards, Cairo, 2009