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Middle East and North African Studies

winter mena courses!


interdisciplinary approaches to the mena region

Northwestern students: Have a look at the range of MENA courses on offer in the Winter 2020 Quarter — in history, anthropology, theater, comparative literature, performance studies, and other disciplines — both undergraduate and graduate, taught by our award winning-faculty!


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Winter 2020 Classes!

Our award-winning faculty are offering exciting Winter Quarter classes on Islamophobia, Iranian Cinema and Visual Culture, Revolutionary Egypt, Islam and the Global Renaissance, The Ottoman Empire, the History of the Modern Middle East, Social Movements and Mobilization, and more!
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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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Upcoming Events

MENA Graduate Student Colloquium

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM, Evanston

Presentations by MENA doctoral students Open only to Northwestern graduate students and faculty   Hazal Ozdemir (Department of History)...

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Latest MENA News

MENA graduate student Nicholas Bascuñan-Wiley publishes article on "Remembering Palestine Through Cuisine in Chile"
MENA series at Evanston Public Library kicks off with event on Syrian documentary film
New article by Wendy Pearlman on Syrian refugees in Turkey and Germany
Q & A with Brannon Ingram about his book Revival from Below: The Deoband Movement and Global Islam
Wendy Pearlman publishes book chapter on "Civil Action in the Syrian Conflict"

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