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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Bloom on the Gallows: Hallāj as Imagery and as Metaphor in South Asian Poetry (Lunch Talk-Hybrid)

Tuesday, October 4, 2022
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM (Pacific Time)
10383 Bunche Hall

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The Wretched of France

Wednesday, October 26, 2022
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (Pacific Time)

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Center News

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UCLA International Institute receives $8 million in federal funding

Six centers of the institute have been awarded Title VI funding for area and/or language studies at UCLA.


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Alumni News

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UCLA alumna translates a masterful, important novel

Mariam Rahmani discusses translating vernacular fiction.


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Recent Podcasts

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

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