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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War on Culture/War on Memory: Ukraine, Bosnia and the Global Defense of Heritage

Friday, December 2, 2022
10:30 AM - 5:30 PM (Pacific Time)

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CNES Reception at MESA 2022

Saturday, December 3, 2022
8:30 PM
Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel

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History and Framework for Addressing Water-Related Conflicts in the Tigris-Euphrates Basins

Wednesday, December 7, 2022
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM (Pacific Time)
Zoom

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Center News

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Engaging Lived Religion: Jain, Buddhist, and Muslim Communities

This free K-12 Teacher Institute (Jan 28 and Feb 4, 2023) is designed for educators teaching grades 6-12 to learn about Jainism, Buddhism, and Islam through the lens of "Lived Religion". Register now! Space is limited to 25 teachers.


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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

Averroës Lectures on Jewish Communities in Muslim Lands Lecture by Joshua Schreier (Vassar College)

A panel discussion with distinguished experts on Syria, Turkish Kurdistan, and indigenous land rights in Israel.

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