Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
Program Type:Cultural Center
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The Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (CSAMES) promotes research and scholarship in South Asia and the Middle East. CSAMES was designated a National Resource Center (Title VI) 2006-2010 by the US Department of Education for the study and teaching of the Middle East, enabling the Center to further strengthen its commitment to an academic inquiry into a region that is home to some of the world’s oldest religions and civilizations.
CSAMES works with more than a dozen departments and affiliated faculty of over 100 faculty members, who bring to the Center their expertise and diverse areas of interest. These members actively participate in lectures and events, including the annual Turkish Studies Symposium and the Middle East and Islamic Studies Lecture Series. Some of the disciplines that CSAMES faculty are associated with are contemporary and historical studies of South Asia and the Middle East, and inquiries into such topics as religious and social identities, cultural values, literary expression, urbanization, politics and gender. Courses recently developed in conjunction with these faculty include Muslim-Christian Interactions and Islam in East Africa.
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- College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
- Persian Program
- Modern Greek Studies
- 2018 Summer Institute for Languages of the Muslim World
- Illinois Network on Islam and Muslim Societies
- CSAMES Brown Bag Lecture Series