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Partnerships: International Linkages between UNC and Universities of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations

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.  Learn more about the Center by downloading our brochure.

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 of the Center: 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.
About the Logo: The Center uses an image from the world map of al-Sharif al-Idrisi, made for Roger II of Sicily in 1154.


    Planning Documents

2010-2011 (Nov. 16, 2011)     Strategic Plan (Spring 2018)
2009-2010 (July 22, 2010)     Strategic Plan (Spring 2011)
2008-2009 (Sept. 21, 2009)     Strategic Plan (Spring 2009)
2007-2008 (Dec. 2008)     Strategic Plan (Mar. 1, 2005)
2006-2007 (June 26, 2007)     Strategic Plan (May 6, 2002)
2005-2006 (July 12, 2006)     Summary Proposal, Revised Draft  (Mar. 3, 2002)
2004-2005 (June 2, 2005)