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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An Evening of Exploration: Latino and Islamic Cultural Connections

Thursday, July 25, 2024
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (Pacific Time)
The Fowler Museum

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Center News

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Della Vida Conference explores Arabic language and identity in early Islamic period

The conference featured keynote addresses by the joint winners of the 2024 Giorgio Levi Della Vida Awards: historian Michael Cook and Islamic law professor and jurist Hossein Modarressi, both of Princeton University.


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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

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

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