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Friday, December 19, 2014

Arabic and North African Studies (ARANAS) at Al Akhawayn University

The ARANAS program grants academic credits which can be applied to an individual’s degree program in his/her home institution. The Arabic language component is an intensive program involving up to 190 contact hours. Students will experience learning Arabic not only in class and through homework, but also through interaction with students, instructors and staff at the university as well as others outside the university in the community of Ifrane. Immersion activities include information-gathering assignments and reports in Arabic on projects involving the local community.

Please feel free to contact us at Arabic@aui.ma or visit (http://www.aui.ma/arabic) if you would like further information about the program or about Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane. 

Tuesday, December 9, 2014



APRIL 16-17, 2015 
The Midwest Association for Middle East and Islamic Studies and University of Louisville’s Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies program are pleased to issue a call for papers for the MAMEIS Annual Conference in Louisville, Kentucky, April 16-17, 2015. We welcome submissions from scholars based in the Midwest (broadly conceived) on this year’s theme "Islamic Modernities: Time and Space." Modernity serves as a dynamic lens for viewing a wide range of transformations in Middle Eastern and Islamic societies, even as no generally accepted definition of modernity has yet emerged. The scholarly discussion on modernity has broadened to view this as not only a global, structural transformation centered on Europe, but a process that has created "many modernities," each with its own local vernacular form. Moreover, modernity has been recognized as not only a temporal period, but also a process manifested in spatial relationships that shape, and are shaped by, historical agents. This conference will highlight current research related to theorizing and applying the concept of "modernity" to Middle East and Islamic studies in a broad, interdisciplinary manner.
MAMEIS - the Midwest Association for Middle East and Islamic Studies - is a nonprofit organization which promotes and fosters community among the many scholars of Middle East and Islamic Studies based at institutions throughout the Midwest. MAMEIS is concerned with promoting the study of the Middle East and Islamic world and does not subscribe to any particular religious or political viewpoints or agenda. Our aim is to develop an open forum for discussion of scholarly issues, share news and information about regional events, and support collegial ties among our members.
Please submit a one page prospectus along with your name, title, and affiliation by January 15, 2015 to:
James M. Gustafson, President, MAMEIS

Monday, December 8, 2014


Application deadline is February 5, 2015

PROGRAM: For summer 2015, the American Research Institute in Turkey will offer full travel and fellowships for approximately 15 advanced students and scholars for participation in the summer program in advanced Turkish language at Boğaziçi University in Istanbul. This intensive program offers the equivalent of one full academic year of study in Turkish at the college level. The fellowships cover round-trip airfare to Istanbul, application and tuition fees, and a maintenance stipend. Full-time students and scholars affiliated at academic institutions are eligible to apply.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Use the application form and procedures that are accessible on the web at the ARIT program webpage: 

The application includes:

1. Application form and statement of purpose
2. Three letters of reference, including one that addresses your abilities as a language learner
3. Application fee in the amount of $25 may be made through PayPal via the ARIT website.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: Full-time students and scholars affiliated at academic institutions are eligible to apply. 

To be a fellowship applicant, you must:
 1. Be a citizen, national, or permanent resident of the United States
 2. Be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate level academic program, or be faculty
 3. Have a minimum B average in current program of study; and
 4. Perform at the high-intermediate level on a proficiency-based admissions examination.

For further information, contact:

Director, Dr. Sylvia Önder
Division of Eastern Mediterranean Languages
Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies
Georgetown University
210 North Poulton Hall
1437 - 37th Street N.W.
Washington D.C. 20007
E-mail: aritfellowship@georgetown.edu

Nancy Leinwand
American Research Institute in Turkey
University of Pennsylvania Museum
3260 South Street

Philadelphia PA 19104-6324
Telephone: (215) 898-3474

E-mail: leinwand@sas.upenn.edu

This program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Post-Secondary Education, together with the American Association of Teachers of Turkic Languages and Georgetown University.

PLEASE NOTE: Boğaziçi University offers intensive Turkish language courses at all levels independent of the ARIT-AATT-Georgetown program. Students of Turkish language may also apply directly to the Boğaziçi University Summer School and seek outside funding through their university department or other source.

For further information about courses in Turkish language (all levels) and culture offered at Boğaziçi University, contact:

Turkish Language and Culture Program
The Language Center
Boğaziçi University
34342 Bebek
Istanbul, Turkey

Telephone: (90-212) 359-7678
Fax: (90-212) 265-7131

E-mail: tlcp@boun.edu.tr

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Job Opportunity: The Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies

The Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, New York University is hiring a new team member--Outreach Coordinator! We are looking for someone highly proficient in social media/technology with academic training/experience in both Middle Eastern Studies and K-12 Education or similar. 

Monday, December 1, 2014

Call for Papers: Undergraduate Journal of Middle East Studies

The University of Toronto’s Undergraduate Journal of Middle East Studies is now accepting academic essays and photography whose subject pertains to the study of the Middle East for its 2014-2015 issue. 

Undergraduate students across Canada and abroad are encouraged to submit their work for review. 

Essay submissions must include the name of the undergraduate institution, the percentage of grade received, and a 250-word abstract. Chicago-style submissions are preferred.

Email submissions and/or inquiries: journal.nmcsu@gmail.com  

Deadline: Friday, January 9th 2015

For more information, please visit:

Woolf Institute Visiting Fellowship 2016

The Woolf Institute, which specializes in the study of relations between Jews, Christians and Muslims from a multidisciplinary perspective, invites applications for its annual visiting fellowship.

The Fellowship is tenable for a two to three month period that overlaps one of the Cambridge terms 2016:

Lent term: 12 January–11 March 2016
Easter term: 19 April–10 June 2016

The successful candidate will be expected to be involved in a project of academic research, public education or of the arts in an area relevant to the Institute’s work. The Fellow will be asked to present their work at a symposium on the subject of their project proposal.

There is no stipend attached to the Fellowships, but Fellows will be entitled to free accommodation in Cambridge and round-trip travel from their country to Cambridge. They will also have access to the Woolf Institute and Cambridge University libraries.

The Fellowship is available for a postdoctoral scholar of any academic rank, a policymaker or analyst in a relevant area of work, or an artist (writer, painter, photographer, etc.) and will most likely be asked to participate in some of the Institute’s teaching or practice-based activities. Further information about the Institute can be found at: http://www.woolf.cam.ac.uk

A letter of application, CV, the names of two referees who may be approached, a project proposal (1,500 words max.), and a sample of work should be sent to:

Electors of the Visiting Fellowship, Woolf Institute, 12-14 Grange Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DU, UK 
or e-mailed to Tina Steiner at bs411@cam.ac.uk.

Questions may be addressed informally to the Deputy Director, Dr. Shana Cohen at sc736@cam.ac.uk.

Deadline for the submission of applications is 20 February 2015.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

IIIT Summer Student Program 2015

The International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) is pleased to announce its 2015 Summer Student Program, which will run for four weeks between Monday, May 18, and Tuesday, June 16, 2015. This residential program is designed for graduate students and exceptional senior undergraduates – majoring in the humanities or social science disciplines – who have a particular interest in developing their knowledge and research skills in the core areas of Islamic studies such as methods in the study of Islam, the Qur’an, the Sunnah, Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence), Muslim History and Civilization, and Contemporary Islamic Thought. 

The program also provides analysis and discussions – in seminar format – on subjects related to contemporary Islamic reform movements, Islamic finance, faith-based entrepreneurship, and Islam in America. IIIT Summer Student Program is a residential program, taught by world-class faculty, drawn from top institutions in the US and around the world.

Our faculty include:

Prof. Abdulaziz Sachedina (George Mason University)
Prof. John Voll (Georgetown University)
Prof. Feryal Salem (Hartford Seminary)
Prof. Jonathan Brown (Georgetown University)
Prof. Jasser Auda (Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies)

Accommodation for out-of-area students will be provided by the IIIT at a local hotel on a shared basis. In addition, IIIT will pay each student a scholarship of $1,000 to cover their living and other expenses, which will be paid in two installments. Students must have their own health insurance coverage. IIIT does not provide health – or any other form – of insurance to students. The program will be held at IIIT office in Herndon, VA. Transportation to and from Herndon is each student’s responsibility. The Institute will not cover transportation costs.

The applicants should fill out the online application form and submit it with their updated resume/C.V., a recent transcript, and a 250-words statement no later than March 1, 2015. Official transcripts should be sent to the following address: Director of Research and Academic Programs, International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), 500 Grove St., Suite 200, Herndon, VA 20170.

For full information and online application please see: http://www.iiit.org/Education/SummerStudentsProgram/tabid/98/Default.aspx