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Arabic, Islamic, and Middle Eastern Studies

Arabic, Islamic, and Middle Eastern Studies

The interdisciplinary minor in Arabic, Islamic, and Middle Eastern Studies (AIMES) provides an introduction to the various cultures, peoples, and religions---Muslim, Jewish, and Christian, in addition to other faith traditions---of the Middle East, as well as the diverse forms of Islamic practice and local religious customs in Muslim societies throughout the world. This program also encourages the study of diaspora and immigrant communities where Islamic and Middle Eastern populations constitute a religious or ethnic minority.

Students enrolled in this minor have the opportunity to sample a variety of methodologies and academic disciplines---including anthropology, art history, literary criticism, history, political science, and religious studies---that address the Middle East in particular and the Islamic world at large.

The AIMES interdisciplinary minor is ideal for students who want to develop the intellectual resources for thoughtful and informed engagement with current issues in the Middle East and the Islamic world. AIMES is also well suited for students considering work with overseas aid organizations, government and military service, international business, or graduate programs in international studies.


Farid Senzai, Director

Vari Hall, 2nd Floor, 224

Phone: 408-551-6097