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.

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Latest Developments in Afghanistan and Implications for Iran

Sunday, December 12, 2021
11:30 AM (Pacific Time)

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Minoritization in Middle Eastern Geopolitics: Histories and Theoretical Approaches

Thursday, January 6, 2022
9:00 AM - 5:45 PM (Pacific Time)

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Center News

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Bilingual Lecture Series on Iran educates, connects Iranian diaspora

Cross-campus collaboration between UCLA and CSUN created the series in 2003 to host a variety of lectures on topics such as Iranian politics, culture and society.


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In The Media

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Aomar Boum believes in the power of stories to unite

UCLA's newly appointed Maurice Amado Professor of Sephardic Studies says sharing narratives is a key to understanding, tolerance.


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Recent Podcasts

An intensive online workshop featuring leading authorities on the study of Arabic manuscripts.

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