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Middle East and North African Studies

"the poet laureate of Kurdish cinema"


Iranian-Kurdish Filmmaker Bahman Ghobadi Comes to Northwestern


A Series of Free Screenings and Conversations

Join us for a series of screenings and conversations with the critically-acclaimed Iranian-Kurdish filmmaker Bahman Ghobadi at Northwestern's Block Museum of Art, from Wednesday May 23 through Friday May 25!


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New Spring 2018 Classes!

Our award-winning faculty are offering exciting Spring Quarter classes on Making the Modern Middle East; Women Writers in Post-Revolutionary Iran; Moroccan Arabic; Media Arabic; the Maghreb; Gender and Sexuality in the Middle East; Islamic Law; and other topics.
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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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