The MEI oversees a regular series of in-house programming.
We also host a wide variety of faculty and student initiated lectures, conferences and colloquia. Find out more about our upcoming events on the Events page.
The MEI offers regular programing on topics related to Islamic law through its “Sharīʿa
Workshop,” a series launched in 2015. The workshop brings together faculty and graduate
students from Columbia and other universities in the region for intensive discussions of new
research by leading specialists invited from the US and abroad. View past Shariʿa workshops.
The workshop is by invitation only and is based on pre-circulated papers read in advance of the
session. Please email email@example.com if you wish to be put on the workshop invitation list
or receive the papers.
Islamic History Workshop
Launched in 2016, the workshops feature leading scholars of Islamic history from across periods and regions for detailed discussions of their current research.
The workshop is by invitation only and workshop papers are circulated in advance. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to be put on the workshop invitation list or receive the papers.
Halaqa ʿArabiyya (Arabic Circle)
The Middle East Institute’s weekly Halaqa ʿArabiyya (Arabic Circle) provides extra language practice for Arabic language students in a conversational setting. Its core group of 5-11 attendees is composed of Columbia University and Barnard College students as well as some non-university affiliated individuals. The Arabic Circle is primarily held in Modern Standard Arabic, with some use of the Shami, Egyptian and Tunisian dialects.
Brown Bag Lunch Series
The Middle East Institute has re-instituted its weekly lunchtime series to handle the volume of scholarly visitors to Columbia and New York City who want to speak about their new publications or current research.