Welcome to Columbia University's
Middle East Institute
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.
The Center for Palestine Studies at Columbia University’s Middle East Institute is pleased to announce that the competition for the 2018-2019 Ibrahim Abu-Lughod Post-Doctoral Award is open. This year-long post-doctoral fellowship seeks to recognize and foster innovative and ground-breaking scholarship on issues related to Palestine and Palestinians. The deadline for full applications including supporting letters is February 28, 2018. Apply here.
The Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA) has posted the application for the 2018-19 CASA I Fellowships for advanced Arabic language study. The application deadline is Monday, January 22, 2018. Please see the website for full program details and application information.
The end of the Second World War also marked the end of European dominion over most of the world and the rise of the US and the USSR as new global powers. In 1955, leaders of the newly independent Afro-Asian states met in Bandung, Indonesia, in a watershed conference that marked the beginning of a seemingly new epoch of Afro-Asian solidarity, decolonization and common anti-colonial struggles.