The Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations promotes understanding of the Middle East through teaching, research, and community outreach. Our center is distinguished by its cross-regional approach to Middle East studies, one that breaks down area studies barriers in order to track global flows of ideas, commodities, and people.

The Center is part of the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies, a collaboration between Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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  • K-12 teachers participating in an educational tour of Morocco visit the Heri el Souani granary in Meknes, Morocco.

    Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies Supports Summer Travel to Morocco for K-12 Teachers

    “Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller,” said Ibn Battuta, a prominent Moroccan traveler and scholar who first set out to complete hajj in Mecca in the early fourteenth century. His initial attempt failed, but the experience … Continued

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    Well Said: Archeology and the Huqoq Mosaics

    Jodi Magness hasn’t just studied history by reading books. She’s dug it up herself. The Kenan Distinguished Professor for Teaching Excellence in Early Judaism from the College of Arts and Sciences, Magness has spent her career working on archeological excavations … Continued

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    Conference to Explore Islam and Religious Identity, Oct. 14-16

    The inextricable link between religion and culture will be explored in a multidisciplinary conference on “Islam and Religious Identity: The Limits of Definition” on Oct. 14-16 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Recognizing that there is no single … Continued

  • Seventh-generation Indonesian mask dancer Nani comes to UNC in January as part of Carolina Performing Arts’ Sufi Journey series. Photo courtesy of Carolina Performing Arts.

    Exploring Muslim Identities

    Popular culture tends to view the world’s great religions as monolithic identities, when the complex history of religion encompasses a spectrum of beliefs based on location, culture and myriad other factors. UNC Islamic studies scholar Carl W. Ernst will lead an examination … Continued

  • Mohammad Moussa’s work, “Shattered Glass,” is a reflection on the tragic shootings of his three friends last year. P hoto courtesy of Mohammad Moussa.

    Poets Take on Topics of Justice

    A close friend of the three Muslim students slain in Chapel Hill in 2015 will bring a multimedia performance he created in their honor to the UNC campus in the spring. “Shattered Glass,” by NC State graduate Mohammad Moussa (B.S. … Continued

  • Layla Barakat, Suzanne Barakat, Farris Barakat, and Yousef Abu-Salha at the Project Refugee Smiles clinic, at Al Salam School, in Reyhanli, Turkey. The Our Three Winners banner hangs behind them. Photo by Max Englund, UNC Health Care.

    With Open Arms

    With a view of the border wall that separates Turkey and Syria in front of him, UNC School of Medicine student Yousef Abu-Salha pulls up a chair at a makeshift dental and medical clinic to talk to a child from Syria, a … Continued

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    Islamic Studies Doctoral Candidate Conducts Summer Research in Persian Studies

    Supported by the Roshan Fellowship for Excellence in Persian Studies, Candace Mixon, doctoral candidate in Islamic Studies in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, conducted research in Persian studies this summer. A … Continued

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    2016-2017 Carolina Global Photography Competition

    The academic year 2016-2017 Carolina Global Photo Competition, which is open to all students, faculty, alumni and staff of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, showcases Carolina’s global activity, educational opportunities, research and service work. Each photographer may … Continued

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    New Mosaics Discovered in Synagogue Excavations in Galilee

    Excavations this summer in the Late Roman (fifth century) synagogue at Huqoq, an ancient Jewish village in Israel’s Lower Galilee, have revealed stunning new mosaics that decorated the floor. The excavations are directed by Jodi Magness, a professor in the … Continued

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    Carnegie Corporation Tabs Aziz Sancar as “Great Immigrant” Honoree

    Aziz Sancar, MD, PhD, came to the United States as a graduate student more than 40 years ago. He never left. He took pride in his new country – and his adopted hometown of Chapel Hill – much like he … Continued