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The Middle East Institute offers an interdisciplinary approach to the Middle East from the rise of Islam to present with a focus on the Arab countries, Armenia, Iran, Israel, Turkey, Central Asia, and the Muslim diaspora.

The Middle East Institute of Columbia University, founded in 1954, has helped to set the national pace in developing an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the Middle East from the rise of Islam to the present, with a primary focus on the 19th and 20th centuries. Fostering an inter-regional and multi-disciplinary approach to the region, the Institute focuses on the Arab countries, Armenia, Iran, Israel, Turkey, Central Asia, and Muslim Diaspora communities.

The Institute sponsors approximately 30 lunch-time talks per year on topics ranging from art and literature to current events, hosts conferences, and provides a neutral atmosphere for scholarly and student exchanges of views on issues concerning the Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia. It offers courses and outreach seminars to teachers and adult education groups, briefs journalists, and generally acts as a clearing-house for requests for information on the region and its peoples by the media, educational professionals, and the interested public, drawing upon the expertise of its own staff and the multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural faculty of the School of International and Public Affairs and Columbia University.

People

  • Joseph L. Buttenwieser Professor of Social Science
  • Dean, School of General Studies, Professor of Religion
  • Edith Porada Professor of Ancient Near Eastern Art History and Archaeology
  • Professor of Sociology
  • Professor of French and Romance Philology, Chair, Department of French and Romance Philology
  • Professor of French and Romance Philology
  • Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies and Literature
  • Professor
  • Herbert Lehman Professor of Government, Professor of Anthropology
  • William B Ransford Professor of Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies, Professor of International and Public Affairs, Chair, Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies
  • Robert Yik-Fong Tam Professor in the Humanities
  • Senior Research Scholar in the Middle East Institute
  • Hagop Kevorkian Professor Emeritus of Iranian Studies, Director, Center for Iranian Studies
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