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

A lecture by Nadia Guessous (Colorado College)

Tuesday, January 17, 2017
3:00 PM
10383 Bunche Hall

ISIS, Assad, and the failure of US Policy

Thursday, January 19, 2017
location TBD

Ummah as a Muslim Race: A Global Intellectual History of Pan-Islamism

Tuesday, January 24, 2017
3:00 PM
10383 Bunche Hall

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Center News

UCLA's David G. Hirsch Awarded the 2016 David H. Partington Award

The annual David H. Partington Award of the Middle East Librarians Association recognizes members who have displayed a high standard of excellence and accomplishments in and contributions to the field of Middle East librarianship, librarianship in general and scholarship.

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In The Media

From National Star to Enemy of the State

UCLA sociologist Kevan Harris was interviewed for this online profile of Iranian rock music pioneer Kourosh Yaghmaei and the status of pop music in Iran.

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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 Behrooz Tabrizi (University of Illinois- Urbana Champaign)

A lecture by Jeffrey James Byrne (University of British Columbia)

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