Welcome to the Middle East Institute at Columbia University
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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Call for Paper Abstracts: August 26, 2019
Paper Submission: November 1, 2019
Columbia Global Centers | Amman is requesting paper proposals to present at the roundtable, A Century of Palestinian Nationalism: Modes of Political Organization and Representation since 1919. Organized in partnership with the Institut Francais Proche Orient (Ifpo), the Institute for Palestine Studies and Al Hekma Association, the roundtable will be held at Columbia Global Centers | Amman on Saturday, December 14 and Sunday, December 15, 2019.
The roundtable will investigate the historical causes for the formation of the First Palestinian Congress, the Muslim-Christian Associations, and the course of the Palestinian National Movement to this day. The roundtable will also retrace the political and social profiles of those who established these different Palestinian organizations pre- and post-Nakba. Submitted papers and a full event program will be provided in advance of the roundtable.’
For more information, please refer to the Call for Papers.
Our Fall 2019 Mahdi Visiting Research Fellow is Hussein Abdulsater (PhD Religious Studies, Yale 2013) is assistant professor of Islamic Studies and Arabic culture in the Department of Classics at the University of Notre Dame.
His research focuses on the interaction between Islamic theology, classical Arabic literature and historiography.
His book, Shiʿi Doctrine, Muʿtazili Theology (Edinburgh University Press, 2017) won the World Award for Book of the Year of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
At the Middle East Institute, he will offer an advanced seminar covering major themes in Islamic theology. The seminar combines close reading of selected primary texts and deep engagement with their broader contexts as discussed in secondary literature. Look out for his class in the course directory!