Past News Articles

  • March 12, 2023

    Dr. Claudia Yaghoobi We all enjoyed an intellectual feast on Friday March 10th, at the UNC Persian Studies Program symposium “Bazm O Razm In The Persianate World: Continuities And Convergences” (co-sponsored by the Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies). Throughout the day, 2 dozen participants and [...]

  • March 8, 2023

    On Friday March 3, 2023 the UNC Center for Middle East & Islamic Studies (CMEIS) celebrated it's 20th anniversary with a night full of entertainment! We started with a reception for longtime community supporters, leadership, faculty, staff, and graduate student members of the center. Make a Gift to the Center [...]

  • February 21, 2023

    On Friday, February 17, 2023, the Center for Middle East Studies and Islamicate Graduate Student Association collaborated on a research colloquium where graduate students and faculty specializing in Middle East and Islamic Studies workshopped their in-progress research, building bridges across various disciplines and departments across campus. John Miller (Ph.D. [...]

  • February 15, 2023

    The Center for the Middle East and Islamic Studies has been profoundly saddened by the tragic loss of life and suffering of the survivors in Turkey and Syria after the recent earthquakes. We offer our condolences to those who have lost loved ones and extend our solidarity and support [...]

  • February 7, 2023

    As part of our lecture series this year on "Legacies of the Middle Eastern and Muslim Experience of the 20th Century," we were delighted to host Professor Zvi Ben-Dor Benite of New York University, one of the most eminent scholars of the history of Chinese Muslims. Over 100 students, [...]

  • January 13, 2023

    Ehsan Sheikholharam, a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Religious Studies, was recently published in the International Journal of Religion. His article entitled, “Borders within Borders: Superkilen as the Site of Assimilation”, tackles the question of the representations of Muslims. The article focuses on a park in Copenhagen, [...]

  • December 5, 2022

    Educators working to expand Arabic as a language offering to North Carolina students gathered recently at UNC-Chapel Hill to explore diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility in the language and cultures classroom. FIKRA, The second annual conference of the N.C. Arabic Teacher Council (NCATC), held Oct. 21-22, drew more than [...]

  • November 16, 2022

    Dr. Claudia Yaghoobi, Director of the Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies, was invited to have a discussion with host Cristen Conger on her national podcast Unladylike. The episode, titled “A Feminist Revolution in Iran” covers why Iranian women been burning hijabs and leading protests ever since a 22-year-old Kurdish woman [...]

  • October 28, 2022

    Protests against compulsory veiling are the latest examples of female resistance in the Islamic country, says Middle East expert Claudia Yaghoobi. Emily Padula, The Well, Friday, October 28th, 2022 As a wave of protests stemming from the death of a 22-year-old Iranian woman enters its second month, demonstrations have [...]

  • October 27, 2022

    Editor’s note: This story is part of a package of stories featuring UNC researchers “in the field” in Colorado, North Carolina and on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. Read “A new day for Old Fort” and “Crouching researcher, hidden sparrow.”  Religious studies scholar Waleed Ziad and UNC librarian Rustin Zarkar traveled [...]

  • September 20, 2022

    Claudia Yaghoobi is the new director of the Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill. (Photo by John Bechtold) As the new director of the UNC-Chapel Hill Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies (CMEIS), Claudia Yaghoobi is eager to expand upon existing opportunities for students [...]

  • August 26, 2022

    Dear Colleagues, As I begin my new role as the Center for the Middle East & Islamic Studies director, I would like to express my gratitude to all of you for providing me with the opportunity to serve. Thanks to Carl (Ernst) and Charlie (Kurzman)’s efforts over the past two [...]