Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies

Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies Celebrates 15th Anniversary and Announces Renaming

The newly renamed Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill celebrated its 15th anniversary in 2018. Formerly named the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations, the center promotes understanding of the Middle East through teaching, research and community outreach. Founded… Read more »

Jarrahi Family Supports New Professorship in Persian Studies

With the generous support of the Jarrahi family, the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Chapel Hill College of Arts & Sciences is pleased to announce a new tenure-track assistant professor position in Islamic studies with a specialization in Persian/Iranian studies, funded by the newly established Dr. Ali Jarrahi Term Professorship. The announcement… Read more »

Hip-Hop Concert by Omar Offendum Rounds Out Area Studies Centers’ Global Spotlight Week

The Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations hosted Syrian-American hip-hop artist, Omar Offendum, for a concert in the auditorium of the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History as the final event of Global Spotlight Week on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018. The concert tied together themes presented… Read more »

UNC Mideast Center Hosts Final Cohort of Carnegie Fellowships in Support of Arab Region Social Science

In fall 2017, the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations was pleased to host its final cohort of early-career social scientists from universities in the Arab world for semester-long fellowships. The fellowship program was made possible by a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York and directed by… Read more »

Webinar on ‘The Art of Revolution in Tunisia, Egypt and Syria’ Explores Creativity in the Face of Conflict

Educators from around the U.S. tuned in on October 12, 2017 to learn about cultural geography and artistic expression in the midst of revolution. Organized by the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies in partnership with the National Humanities Center, the webinar “The Art of Revolution: Tunisia, Egypt and Syria” explored the historical context leading… Read more »

‘Translating Islam’ Conference Celebrates Major Contributions of Carl Ernst to Islamic Studies

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill held a conference in honor of Carl Ernst’s contributions to Islamic Studies on Oct. 6-7, 2017. Ernst is William R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies and co-director of the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations (CCSMEMC), and he has… Read more »

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 »