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Middle East and North African Studies

Iranian Cinema in Focus


A Tribute to the Work of Hamid Naficy

A new documentary film explores the work of Northwestern professor Hamid Naficy, a pioneering scholar of Iranian, post-colonial, and diaspora cinema. A story told between two continents and spanning half a century, Mouth Harp in a Minor Key is a uniquely intimate portrait and an examination of life under exile. It was screened at the Block Museum of Art on February 23.


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Winter 2019 Classes!

Our award-winning faculty are offering exciting Winter Quarter classes on Postcolonial Noir, Iran's Female Poets, Islamic Political Thought & Activism, Porous Borders: Geography, Power and Tactics of Movement, Reading Classical Arabic Texts, and courses in Arabic, Persian, Turkish, and Hebrew.
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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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Elizabeth Shakman Hurd Named a Luce/ACLS Fellow in Religion, Journalism & International Affairs
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