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Middle East and North African Studies

MENA Dialogues

 

Assembling an Oral History of the Syrian Conflict

Wendy Pearlman & Brian Edwards in Conversation

MENA faculty member Wendy Pearlman discusses the process of assembling her critically-acclaimed book We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled: Voices from Syria, which attempts to tell the story of the Syrian conflict through the voices of the people who lived it, in dialogue with MENA's former director, Brian Edwards.

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Program Highlights

 

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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Research

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.
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Languages

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

 
Oct
8
2018
"On Capitalization"

4:30 PM - 6:00 PM, Evanston

We have recently come to understand “the economy” not as a feature of all societies, nor as an aspect of the emergence of market societ...

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Latest MENA News

 
MENA Assistant Director Danny Postel publishes article on Trump, the Saudi-Iranian rivalry, and the geopolitics of sectarianization
Article on Brian Edwards' work as chair of the Weinberg College Language Initiative
Brannon Ingram Wins Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Teaching Award
Renowned Iranian-Kurdish filmmaker screens three of his films at Northwestern

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