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The Center is part of the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies at Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The website can be found here: http://ncmideast.org/

A new way to study the Middle East UNC’s approach represents a fruitful hybrid between traditional area studies approaches and cross-regional Islamic studies.
Where is the Middle East? The concept of a region called the “Middle East” is a relatively recent and unstable construction.

History After the tragedies of September 11, 2001, UNC established a Planning Group to bring together faculty, students, and administrators to review the University’s resources in Middle East Studies and to chart a course for future development. The Center grew out of this planning process and was founded in 2003. In 2019, the Center was renamed from the “Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations” to the “Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies.”

About the Logo The Center’s logo is from the world map of al-Sharif al-Idrisi, made for Roger II of Sicily in 1154.

Reports Planning Documents
2010-2011 (Nov. 16, 2011) Strategic Plan (Spring 2011)
2009-2010 (July 22, 2010) Strategic Plan (Spring 2009)
2008-2009 (Sept. 21, 2009) Strategic Plan (Mar. 1, 2005)
2007-2008 (Dec. 2008) Strategic Plan (May 6, 2002)
2006-2007 (June 26, 2007) Summary Proposal, Revised Draft  (Mar. 3, 2002)
2005-2006 (July 12, 2006)
2004-2005 (June 2, 2005)