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Near East, Middle East, Southwest Asia & North Africa

Near Eastern Studies

Study the languages, literatures, cultures, religions and history of regions from ancient Sumer to the modern Middle East. 

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Spring 2024

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

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Engage and Learn

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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.

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Study a Middle Eastern language

Take Arabic, Hebrew, Turkish, or Persian to fulfill the College of Arts & Sciences language requirement!

We also offer instruction in some of the ancient Middle Eastern languages like Akkadian, Biblical Hebrew, Hieroglyphic Egyptian, and Sumerian.

Recent Publications

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Racial Blackness and Indian Ocean Slavery

Parisa Vaziri

December 2023

University of Minnesota Press

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Unknowing and the Everyday

Sufism and Knowledge in Iran

Seema Golestaneh

February 2023

Duke University Press