American Univesity of Beirut

Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies (CAMES) Study the Middle East in the Middle East
  •  Teaching and scholarship on the Middle East, Islamic civilization and Arabic language

    ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies at the American University of Beirut is a leading center ​​for the interdisciplinary study of the Middle East, the Islamic world and the Arabic language, attracting a diverse group of students and scholars from around the world. CAMES' goal is to enrich the understanding of the Middle East and the Islamic world, to encourage the study of the Arabic language, and to develop informed scholarship on the region in all academic disciplines.​​​

    CAMES Lecture Series - November 2020 - Program

    *Lecture 1:  Tuesday, November 10, 7 p.m.

    The Insomniac Feast: Ahmad Faris al-Shidyaq's Literary Digest

    Dr. Rana Issa, Department of English, AUB


    *Lecture 2:  Wednesday, November 18, 7 p.m.

    Video Dealers in Iran:The Labor of Informal Media Distribution

    Dr. Blake Atwood, Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Media Studies, AUB


    *​Lecture 3: Friday, November 27, 6 p.m.

    Worlds in Motion: Al-Bustani's Arabic Encyclopedia (Da'irat al-Ma'arif) and the Global Production of Knowledge in the Late Ottoman Levant and Egypt (1870s-1900)

    Dr. Ilham Khuri-Makdisi, Department of History and Archaeology, AUB

    New for Fall 2020-21!​​​
    AUB will offer a variety of classes, including all CAMES Arabic language classes, exclusively online during the Fall 2020-21 semester. We invite students from around the world to enroll in online classes at AUB in Fall 2020-21.

    NEW! ​CAMES endorses the MESA Board Statement​ in solidarity against systemic racism and anti-Blackness in the US as well as in the Middle East and North Africa.







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