I knew that I wanted to continue learning Kurdish while living in Turkey as a high school exchange student. While several universities in the US offer Turkish, the University of Arizona is the only institution that offered quality programs in both languages. I chose UofA over similar programs on the East Coast because of the competitive language programs and generous scholarships offered through the Honors College.

At seventeen, I was tossed into discussions with graduate students... Read more

Post date: Tue, 12/04/2018 - 12:27

Photo of Narges NematollahiThanks to a $1M grant from Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute, the University of Arizona has hired Narges Nematollahi to be an... Read more

Post date: Fri, 10/05/2018 - 10:29

Drs. Maha Nassar and Lisa Adeli are awarded the National Endowment for the Humanities in the amount of $90,000 to host a 2019 summer institute for college and university faculty. The theme is "Understanding Middle Eastern Millennials through Literature, Culture and Media."


You can learn more about the grant and the summer institute here:

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Post date: Mon, 08/20/2018 - 10:04

Mojtaba Ebrahimian of MENAS on winning the 2018 SBS GAT Teaching Award!

He was nominated by Professors Leila Hudson, Anne Betteridge, and Kamran Talattof, as well as Feras Klenk and Catherine Witt. His nominators spoke eloquently of his Persian language teaching talents and support for student learners.



Post date: Mon, 08/20/2018 - 10:02

Thanks to a generous gift from the Nofal Family Foundation, the School of Middle Eastern & North African Studies (MENAS) will be able to offer financial support to Masters students pursuing degrees in MENAS.  Jorj and Caryn Nofal, both University of Arizona graduates, recently established the Nofal Family Foundation and selected MENAS as one of the first recipients due to their passion for education and their interest in supporting students studying the MENA region at UA.  This gift will... Read more

Post date: Fri, 07/20/2018 - 09:16

Congratulations Dr. Nassar! 

Dr. Nassar's book, Brothers Apart, has been selected for the Palestine Book Awards 2018 Shortlist. The Award winner will be announced in November. Please find a link to the award here!

Palestine Book Award Shortlist Announcement

Post date: Tue, 07/17/2018 - 08:54

I am delighted to announce that Dr. Julia Clancy-Smith, Regents Professor, has joined MENAS, or rather re-joined the department as she was formerly a faculty member when it was Near Eastern Studies. 


As many of you know, Julia is a world-renown historian of North Africa and the... Read more

Post date: Fri, 07/13/2018 - 16:09

MENAS would like to extend a warm welcome to our new Program Coordinator, Sergio Cañez! We look forward to the opportunity to work with him!

We are very fortunate that Sergio Cañez has joined us as our new Program Coordinator.  Sergio was the unanimous choice of the hiring committee and we are thrilled that he accepted our offer. 

Sergio is a Tucsonan who attended UA and has worked for the School of Theater, Film and Television and more recently with Room and... Read more

Post date: Thu, 06/21/2018 - 09:55

UA Graduate Heads to Beirut to Further Her Education

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Post date: Fri, 05/25/2018 - 12:27

Congratulations to Jibreel Delgado for being selected as a Russle J. and Dorothy S. Bilinski Fellow for 2018-2019 from among a list of distinguished graduate stduents!

Post date: Wed, 05/09/2018 - 09:42