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We focus on the deep historical ties between the many and varied cultures, religions, literatures, and languages of the Middle East and South Asia

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Samhita Sunya's Middle Eastern & South Asian Film Series

Samhita Sunya has curated a sidebar of 6 films for this year’s edition of the Virginia Film Festival, co-sponsored by the Institute of the Humanities & Global Cultures and Department of Middle Eastern & South Asian Languages & Cultures. As a continuation from last year’s sidebar, Samhita sought accessible, contemporary films that emphasize the linguistic, geographic, and thematic diversity of filmmaking practices connected to the regions of the Middle East & South Asia.

Professor Hanadi Al-Samman Interviewed On al-Hurra News Channel

Professor Hanadi Al-Samman was interviewed on al-Hurra news channel by Hisham Melhem to discuss Thomas Jefferson's educational vision, challenges to his equality legacy, and his interests in Arabic and the Quran. The program was aired throughout the Arab world, reaching up to 420 million people. You can view the interview, which also includes other UVa faculty members, here. Professor Al-Samman's interview starts at 35 minutes.

Professor Mohammed Sawaie Receives The Jefferson Scholars Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching

Professor Mohammed Sawaie is one of five UVA faculty members who received the Jefferson Scholars Foundation annual faculty awards, and one of three faculty members to receive its Award for Excellence in Teaching. He is featured in the UVA Today article here for his accolade.  

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News & Announcements

Samhita Sunya's Middle Eastern & South Asian Film Series
October 24, 2019
Cavalier Daily Article on Professor Patel's Festival of Indian Documentaries
October 10, 2019
Professor Milani Interviewed by Deutsche Welle at Recent Conference in Berlin
October 10, 2019
Avijit Mukul Kishore Film Festival
October 2, 2019 to October 4, 2019
Professor Hanadi Al-Samman Interviewed On al-Hurra News Channel
August 28, 2019