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Middle East and North African Studies

Turkish Delight


Examining Turkish Culture and Identity through Food

Northwestern's Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences recently profiled the first-year seminar We Are What We Eat: Turkish Food Culture And Cuisine, created and taught by MENA faculty member Oya Topçuoğlu, Lecturer in Turkish. The course explores a variety of topics — immigration, religion, identity, politics, history — through the lens of food.


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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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