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


The Naksa at 50: Nostalgia and Memory in the Middle East and Beyond

Friday, April 28, 2017
12:00 PM
Charles E. Young Research Library (YRL) Presentation Room 11348


Lost Souls: Photography of African Eunuchs & Female Servants in Qajar Iran

Monday, May 01, 2017
4:00 PM
Room 365, Humanities Building

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Center News


Multi-campus conference observes the 50th anniversary of the Naksa

Initiated by UCLA's Center for Near Eastern Studies and faculty from the Departments of Comparative Literature, Anthropology, Near Eastern Languages & Cultures, and the School of Law, the conference will be co-hosted by the Middle East centers at UC Berkeley and UC Santa Barbara.


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In The Media


UCLA's James Gelvin on the Trump administration's international policy.

The Voice of America interviewed James Gelvin for its coverage of the meeting between Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Egyptian Defense Minister Sedki Sobhy.


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Alumni News


Alumna Beth Baron elected president of MESA.

UCLA alumna Beth Baron has been selected 2015-17 president of the Middle East Studies Association. Beth teaches history at The Graduate Center,City University of New York, where she directs the M.A. program and the Middle East and Middle Eastern American Center. From 2009 through 2014 she was editor of the International Journal of Middle East History.


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Recent Podcasts

A lecture by Thomas Abowd (Tufts University)

Orit Bashkin (University of Chicago) is the featured speaker in the first Averroës Lecture on Jewish Communities in Muslim Lands, a new series sponsored by CNES.

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