American University of Beirut

Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies (CAMES)

Director:Hanafi, Sari
Assistant Director:Saidi, Aliya R.
Instructors:Kanawati, Rima; Semaan, Rima
Middle Eastern Studies Steering Committee:Atwood, Blake Robert; Hanafi, Sari;  Khuri-Makdisi, Ilham; Mejcher- Atassi, Sonja; Orfali, Bilal; Saidi, Aliya; Tell, Tariq
Islamic Studies Steering Committee:
El-Sayed Ahmad, Radwan; Hanafi, Sari; Haydar, Bashshar; Ismail, Ghena; Khodr, Hiba; Orfali, Bilal; Saidi, Aliya​

The Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies (CAMES) is an interdepartmental, interdisciplinary unit that seeks to enhance the understanding of the Middle East and Islamic civilization and to encourage informed scholarship in all related academic disciplines. CAMES is committed to the study of the Arabic language and offers courses at all levels in coordination with the Department of Arabic and Near Eastern Languages, as well as seven-week intensive language courses in Modern Standard Arabic and Lebanese Colloquial Arabic in the summer.

CAMES offers MA programs in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies (see Graduate Catalogue) and a select number of courses at the undergraduate level. To complement students’ course work and to promote scholarship about the Middle East and Islamic civilization at AUB, the center also sponsors visiting lectures and conferences and holds occasional events, such as film showings and readings.


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