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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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Middle Eastern Studies

MEST 2270/5270 - Culture and Society of the Contemporary Arab Middle East

Introduces the cultural traits and patterns of contemporary Arab society based on scholarly research, recent field work, and personal experiences and observations in the Arab world. Taught in English; no knowledge of Arabic is required.

Credits: 3

Professor Hanadi Al-Samman serves as an Associate Editor of newly published Global Encyclopedia Of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Queer (LGBTQ) History

Professor Al-Samman coordinated the articles comprising the Middle East entries. View the encyclopedia here.

Below is a Q&A with her about the endeavor. The encyclopedia is available in online as well as hard copy editions, geared primarily towards purchase by universities, schools, and libraries.


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News & Announcements

Rich Moroccan Culture Awaits UVA Language Learner
June 10, 2019
MESALC Graduation Ceremony - Spring 2019
May 18, 2019
Professor Shankar Nair Receives Alumni Board of Trustees Teaching Award
April 30, 2019
Professor Mohammed Sawaie Receives The Jefferson Scholars Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching
April 30, 2019
Arabic Teacher Suad Mohamed's Review of MESALC Screening of "10 Days" Published in Aden Alghad News
April 4, 2019