Islamic Studies Students
250 graduate students specialize in Middle East Studies
Published: Sunday, July 15, 2007
Some 250 graduate students are specializing in Middle East Studies across the disciplines, with 20 majoring in the interdepartmental Islamic Studies Program, including five new students in 2006-2007. Hazem Kandil earned his BA in Economics and Business Administration from Cairo University; an MA in Political Science from the American University in Cairo; and an MA in Politics from New York University. His PhD research focuses on the Islamic sociopolitical movement in Egypt and the potentiality for social revolution. Khoban Kochai emigrated from Afghanistan to the US with her family at the age of four. With a BS in Biology from UC Davis, she is pursuing concurrent Master’s degrees in Public Health and Islamic Studies. She is interested in maternal and child healthcare in developing or conflict-ridden Muslim countries. Matthew McKinney attended UCLA as an undergraduate, majoring in Middle Eastern and North African Studies, Political Science, and Arabic. He is researching Hamas and US, EU, and Israeli approaches to the organization. Belén Vicéns Sáiz received a BA in Translation and Interpreting and a diploma in International and Intercultural Studies from the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona. She is interested in the international relations of the Middle East. Fiazuddin Shuayb earned his BA in Anthropology and Political Science from Queens College, New York, and a Master’s degree in Islamic Studies in Virginia. His interests include Islamic political thought, gender discourse in Islam’s sacred texts, and historiography of Islamic Law and Arabic.