Professor Ross Brann discussed how racist depictions of the behavior and appearance of Jews and Muslims encouraged ancient peoples to view them as others in a talk held Nov. 16 in the Alice Statler Auditorium in Statler Hall.Read more
Near Eastern Studies
Study the languages, literatures, cultures, religions and history of regions from ancient Sumer to the modern Middle East.
Near Eastern Studies News
A Nov. 16 talk sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the College of Arts and Sciences will shed light on the history of hate movements in the U.S.Read more
“As Roman Catholic Church leaders meet this month for the Synod on Synodality, some women—both nuns and laypeople—have been invited to join the workshop," says Kim Haines-Eitzen.Read more
A new book by assistant professor of comparative literature and near eastern studies, Parisa Vaziri, exams African enslavement in the western Indian Ocean through the lens of Iranian cinema.Read more
The Department of Near Eastern Studies will offer “Understanding Events in Israel – Palestine” from 5-6:30 p.m. in Room 165 of McGraw Hall.Read more
The Society’s fall conference on Friday, Oct. 27, will feature talks by seven multidisciplinary fellows.Read more
“Simon Shaheen is widely celebrated as a virtuoso violinist and oud player, incomparably creative composer and master teacher of Arab music."Read more
Courses of Interest
Theory and Method in Near Eastern Studies offered W 2 - 4:30 p.m. 3 credits (required for the major)
Gateway to Arabic Language and Culture offered MW 3:35-4:25 p.m. 2 credits (New Course)
Death and the Afterlife in Islam offered MW 1:25 - 2:40 p.m. 3 credits (New Course)
Palestine and the Palestinians offered TR 2:55 - 4:10 p.m. 3 credits
The History and Politics of Modern Egypt lecture offered MW 10:10 - 11 a.m. 3 credits
Wealth and Power: Political Economy in Ancient Near Eastern States offered W 11:15 - 1:45 p.m. 3 credits
Engage and Learn
Major in Near Eastern studies
Interested in exploring the languages, literatures, cultures, religions, and history of the Middle East from antiquity to the modern day? Consider pursuing a major in Near Eastern studies.
My NES education afforded me the unique opportunity to look through a multifaceted lens of religion, culture, gender, and language and showed me how much the relationships of the past affect the present. All of these learning experiences proved to be vital in finding my future educational and career path and transformed my thinking in a capacity for which I will always be grateful. - Danielle Greco '23
We also offer undergraduate minors in Arabic and Near Eastern studies.