A program of the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations, with the generous support of the Carolina Seminars.


This seminar provides a forum for scholars at North Carolina universities and colleges to share current research in multiple disciplines focusing on Middle East Studies. One of its objectives is to initiate discussions among Mideast center faculty on the future directions of the Mideast center at UNC, particularly since preparations will need to begin in fall 2017 for the next round of title VI applications.

This seminar replaces the long-running Carolina Seminar on Comparative Islamic Studies (2004-2014).

Convenors: Carl Ernst, Professor of Religious Studies and Charles Kurzman, Professor of Sociology


The Carolina Seminars are supported by the Massey-Weatherspoon Fund at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. For further information about the Carolina Seminars Program, please contact the Program at 7001 Davis Library, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-5120; phone 919-962-2502.