The faculty members currently identified for the new MA Program at the MEI span the departments, schools and other units of the university. In this manner, the MEI is encouraging and facilitating the creation of an important intellectual network at the university, one involving unrealized connections and unengaged strengths. Promoting a broadly conceived and inter-regional Islamic Studies across the university will entail efforts to highlight and advance the work of dispersed scholars and projects and to offer opportunities for collaborations, support and interdisciplinary inquiry. In seeking to provide a university-wide venue for discussions in Islamic Studies, the MEI will offer a centralized forum, a lecture series and a bulletin.
Launched in 2010, the Center for Palestine Studies (CPS) promotes the academic study of Palestine by supporting research, teaching, and intellectual collaboration among scholars within Columbia University and beyond.