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

The Center is part of the North Carolina Consortium for Middle East Studies.

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. 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 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)