The Middle East Institute at Columbia University, founded in 1954, promotes the interdisciplinary study of the Middle East and North Africa together with associated regions of Central Asia, South and Southeast Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa and related global communities. Drawing on the expertise of faculty and the interests of students located across the many academic departments and specialized schools of the university, the Institute’s activities focus on the advancement of academic knowledge and the enhancement of public understanding. 

The Middle East Institute is designated by the U.S. Department of Education as a Middle East National Resource Center, and it offers an interdisciplinary Masters Degree Program in Islamic Studies.

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