SBSRI Research Professorship grant recipient Dr. Azaz (MENAS) examines the emergence of linguistic complexity in Arabic. This grant will be used to develop a task-based approach to help Arabic learners build linguistic complexity - both lexical and syntactic - at the discourse level.


Post date: Thu, 05/25/2017 - 16:03

Congratulations to Dr. Scott Lucas, whose book is set to be released this coming July (2017)

Ṭabarī’s Comprehensive Exposition of the Interpretation of the Verses of the Qur’ān is one of the great monuments of classical Arabic and Islamic scholarship which, over a millennium, has been a fundamental reference work for scholars engaged in the tradition of Qur’ānic exegesis. This two-volume translation focuses on thirty selected verses and Sūras, or Chapters, associated with... Read more

Post date: Tue, 05/23/2017 - 14:33

The department would like to offer it's congratulations to our director, Dr. Benjamin Fortna for publishing a new book this past year, The Cirassian: A Life of Eşref Bey, Late Ottoman Insurgent and Special Agent.

More information regarding his book can be found here!

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Post date: Tue, 05/23/2017 - 09:15

Dr. Maha Nassar has written a book, "Brothers Apart: Palestinian Citizens of Israel and the Arab World." It is set to be released in August of 2017.

Further Information can be found here!


Post date: Mon, 05/22/2017 - 16:19

The department would like to offer our congratulations to Dr. Adel Gamal.


Dr. Adel Gamal, an Emeritus Professor here at the School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies Department has been awarded the Arab League's "Arabic Literary Heritage Scholar for The Year 2017."

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Post date: Mon, 05/15/2017 - 10:10

Offered by the School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies, or MENAS, the degree will graduate students with proficiency in the Arabic language and knowledge of Arab cultures. In completing the academic program, students will be able to choose from five levels of Arabic courses, a few Arabic dialects and a large selection of courses in English offered by MENAS.

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Post date: Thu, 02/16/2017 - 16:29

This book will examine Talebe Defteri (1913-1919), one of the childrens’ magazines published in the late Ottoman period. This magazine focused mainly on the formation of an ideal child based on the ideas of nationalism and modernity. Nationalism became a popular idea in Ottoman society and among Ottoman intellectuals, especially after the Balkan Wars in which the Ottoman Empire was defeated by some of the Balkan states which led to loss of much of its lands in the region. Nationalism was not... Read more

Post date: Tue, 02/14/2017 - 10:50

Applications are open for the Michael Bonine Memorial Travel Award for both graduate students and undergraduate students!

Due: Friday, March 10 2017

Post date: Mon, 02/06/2017 - 09:05

Betul Kinik, a Foreign Language Teaching Assistant for Turkish in our school has written a piece on a cultural activity centered on a traditional Turkish breakfast!

Read more here on page 21!

Post date: Mon, 01/09/2017 - 10:31

MENAS had a strong showing of presentations and discussants at this years annual MESA conference!

Check out the program here!

Post date: Wed, 12/07/2016 - 11:12