Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations

K-12 Teachers ‘Taste’ the Middle East on Day-Long Study Tour

On August 15, 2017, teachers from across North Carolina sampled halva, ful medammas and baklava; spoke with a Palestinian restaurant owner; visited a Middle Eastern grocery store; and braided challah bread—all in the Triangle. The third annual “Connecting the Middle East to the Southeast” study tour, hosted by the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies,… Read more »

Kate Hewitt ’17 MA Awarded Scoville Fellowship

Kathryn Hewitt ’17 M.A. has been awarded a 2017 Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship. Hewitt graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a master’s in global studies with a concentration in global politics. The Scoville Fellowship, established in 1987, is a highly competitive national fellowship program that provides recent college and… Read more »

International Conference on Sufi Performance Strengthens Ties between UNC and UCAD

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University Cheikh Anta Diop (UCAD) collaborated together on the international conference “ZIKR | Locating Sufi Performance: Critical Perspectives on Music, Ritual and Remembrance,” held in Dakar, Senegal, June 5-7, 2017. This was the first joint conference held in partnership between the two institutions, which have… Read more »

K-12 Teachers Learn about the Silk Road in Day-Long Workshop

Throughout history, communication routes and paths of trade have linked East and West, along which goods, knowledge, ideas, cultures and beliefs have been exchanged. On Saturday, April 8, 31 educators from across North Carolina traveled to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to study these ancient trading routes known as the Silk Road…. Read more »

UNC Faculty and Students Collaborate across Disciplines on Medieval Flight Project

An art historian, a costume designer, a math biologist, a biomedical engineer and a team of undergraduate researchers unite to reimagine a breathtaking 9th-century flying experiment — and make a notable contribution to early aviation history. More than 1,000 years before the Wright brothers made their historic flight over Kitty Hawk, and 600 years before… Read more »

Carl Ernst Wins Global Humanities Translation Prize

The Global Humanities Initiative (GHI), in partnership with Northwestern University Press (NUP), has announced the winners of its inaugural Global Humanities Translation Prize. The $5,000 prize is awarded for a translation-in-progress of a non-Western literary or scholarly text; it honors two winners this year: Jason Grunebaum and Ulrike Stark, both from the University of Chicago,… Read more »

Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies Supports Travel to Morocco for K-12 Teachers

“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller,” said Ibn Battuta, a prominent Moroccan traveler and scholar who first set out to complete hajj in Mecca in the early fourteenth century. His initial attempt failed, but the experience inspired Ibn Battuta to spend the next 30 years traversing the world, likely… Read more »

Conference to Explore Islam and Religious Identity, Oct. 14-16

The inextricable link between religion and culture will be explored in a multidisciplinary conference on “Islam and Religious Identity: The Limits of Definition” on Oct. 14-16 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Recognizing that there is no single definition of Islam, the conference will examine the diversity of cultures around the world… Read more »

Stories with a Heartbeat in Jordan, Palestine and Turkey

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill alumni Will McInerney ’11 and Mike Mallah ’09 are currently working with the Palestine Children’s Relief Fund and the Syrian American Medical Society on a creative storytelling project in Jordan, Palestine and Turkey. Their initiative, Stories with a Heartbeat, documents the experiences of medical professionals and their patients through creative, engaging and dynamic… Read more »

Anderson Wins 2015 Eleanor Tufts Book Award

Glaire D. Anderson’s The Islamic Villa in Early Medieval Iberia: Architecture and Court Culture in Umayyad Córdoba has won the 2015 Eleanor Tufts Book Award. Anderson is an associate professor of art history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her book, which examines the aristocratic villas and court culture of Córdoba during the Umayyad dynasty, is… Read more »