Middle East and Islamic Studies (MEIS) is a multidisciplinary minor designed to provide a broad understanding of the cultures, history, politics, and economies of the Middle East and Islamic societies, very broadly defined. The emphasis of the minor is on the complexity and diversity of these societies as well as some of the connections between them. The program includes study of the Middle East from the founding of Islam in the seventh century to the present, as well as those cultures and areas in Asia, Africa, and elsewhere that are associated with the historical and current spread of Islam.

This minor was created in 2007 with the support of then-deans Joel Kassiola and Paul Sherwin. The goal of MEIS is to encourages student to evaluate common perceptions and misperceptions of the Middle East and Muslim societies, and to develop an appreciation for the complexity of the region, and its cultures, peoples, histories, and politics. As we keep reading about the Middle East in the news, the minor helps to shed light on what led us to these current events.

The MEIS minor is useful for students planning careers in politics and government, business, education, international organizations, journalism, and art, as well as for those who desire a better understanding of the Middle East, Islamic societies, and Muslim cultures.





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Kudos to

- Prof. Evren Savci, former MEIS and WGS faculty member who is now teaching at Yale University, for the publication of her book Queer in Translation: Sexual Politics under Neoliberal Islam (Duke University Press, 2021).

- Prof. Lucia Volk, for publishing "Enacting Citizenship" in the co-guest-edited open-access journal issue of Anthropology of the Middle East (Summer 2021) on States of Displacement of Middle Eastern Refugees.  Together with Marcia C. Inhorn, Volk also co-edited Un-Settling Middle Eastern Refugees: Regimes of Exclusion and Inclusion in the Middle East, Europe and North America (Berghahn Books, 2021).

- Prof. Nicole Watts for the publication of her chapter "Street Protest and Opposition in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq" in The Cambridge History of the Kurds, edited by Hamit Borzaslan et al. (Cambridge University Press, 2021).