Welcome to the UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies, one of the country’s oldest organized research centers for study of the Middle East and North Africa. Since 1957 we have furthered interdisciplinary understanding of the region through conferences, symposia, lectures, scholarly research, teacher workshops, partnerships with area schools and colleges, public programs, language training, and supporting graduate and undergraduate instruction.

Upcoming Events

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Reza Shah's Exile in Mauritius

Sunday, February 25, 2024
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM (Pacific Time)
Royce Hall 314

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At the Edge of the Times: Rethinking the 1834 Revolt in Ottoman Palestine

Monday, February 26, 2024
3:00 PM
Bunche Hall, Rm 10383

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Center News

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Morocco honors a native son

Sociocultural anthropologist Aomar Boum, a renowned scholar of Moroccan Jewish life and history, has been inducted as a member of the Academy of the Kingdom of Morocco.


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In The Media

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Los Angeles Jews honor Muslim scholar of Moroccan Jewry

UCLA's Aomar Boum has spent 22 years championing interfaith familiarity and amity.


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Alumni News

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Alumni reaches beyond academic careers with creativity

UCLA alumnus and receiver of two CNES fellowships William Geibel talks about the creative career opportunities available to area studies specialists beyond tenure track.


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Recent Podcasts

Recording of a lecture by Uğur Ümit Üngör, Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies at the University of Amsterdam

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