- FLAS scholarships are open to U.S. citizens or permanent residents whose programs combine modern foreign language training with international or area studies.
- Undergraduate and graduate students may only apply to study Intermediate or Advanced level of language proficiency.
- Applications must include: completed online application form, statement of purpose, two letters of recommendations, and academic transcripts.
- Deadlines vary based on the World Area of Concentration selected in the online application.
Middle East: February 12, 2018, 11:59 P.M.
South Asia: February 26, 2018, 11:59 P.M.
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 Qur'an was an object of scholarly attention in the eighteenth century, when, in the wake of Lodovico Marracci's philological Latin achievement of 1698, a number of writers attempted a literary translation of the holy book of Islam. In the same period, the Qur'an also served as a multivalent symbol--of revealed religion, of literature, and of law. This paper first examines the scholarly achievements of the period's European translators from Arabic, and then compares them to the Qur'an's reception in the Enlightenment to reveal both the connections and the differences between philological and "philosophical" reception in this formative era of Western intellectual culture.
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.