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Student News

Catherine Cole, Pauli Galin, Isra Hussain, Jorge Mejia, Hagop Toghramadjian, and Solina Jean-Louis were named the 2016 Omar A. Aggad Fellows.

Enise Koc and Daniela Benitez were each awarded a Critical Language Scholarship.

Omeed Alidadi had an article published in the online journal ProgressME.

Ejona Bakalli and Omeed Alidadi were awarded Mizna Fellowships.

Emily Murphy had an article published in the online journal ProgressME.

E.G. Koç was recently awarded a Boren Scholarship to study in Bosnia.

Austin Bodetti has been awarded a Mizna Fellowship and an Advanced Study Grant to conduct research in South Asia.

More Student News.

Faculty News

Franck Salameh published Charles Corm: An Intellectual Biography of a Twentieth-Century Lebanese ‘Young Phoenician’.  

Jonathan Laurence's forthcoming book is Coping with Defeat: Sunni Islam, Roman Catholicism, and the Modern State. His new article, "Europe risks repeating past mistakes on Islam," was subsequently discussed in the Economist.

Peter Krause is organizing the Northeast Middle East Politics Workshop, which will be held at Boston College on March 31-April 1. His book Rebel Power: Why National Movements Compete, Fight, and Win will be published in April.

More Faculty News.

Faculty Profiles

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Sheila Blair and Jonathan Bloom have traveled throughout the Middle East and Asia, authored or edited hundreds of scholarly articles and more than a dozen books—including seven jointly—and have accumulated an extensive catalogue of photographs of Islamic art and architecture.


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My Prison, My Home
Video from Front Row

Iranian-born Haleh Esfandiari tells the story of her 2006 arrest in Iran, imprisonment, and eventual release.

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Iran's Nuclear Challenge
Video from Front Row
David Menashri of Tel Aviv University discusses the Islamic revolution in Iran and the connections between ideology and Iran's foreign policy.

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Afghanistan on the Brink
Video from Front Row
Thomas Barfield of Boston University discusses Afghanistan's 2009 presidential election and the ensuing charges of balloting fraud.

The Miras Ensemble 

The Middle Eastern Ensemble at BC is dedicated to learning how to play music from cultures of the Middle East. The Ensemble has a YouTube Channel and a SoundCloud Playlist


The Boston College Chronicle published an article on Prof. Bailey's latest trip to Kuwait

NAAIMS Conference Call for Papers

The Woods College of Advancing Studies is offering a new course, "Ways of Seeing Iran and the Arab World"

Fall 2016 - Spring 2017 Events

Check out our new "Language Institutes & Programs" page.

Kuwait: Intercultural Dialogue and Diplomacy

The Omar A. Aggad Travel and Research Fellowship

Fall 2016 Courses

Spring 2017 Courses

ICS Related Language Courses for Fall 2016

Boston College is offering a new M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies.

Stay informed, visit the Events Calendar for upcoming events concerning MENA politics and culture.

Noam Chomsky was the Keynote Speaker at the conference on the Freedom of the Press in the Middle East. Click here for more on the event, including photos. 

Looking for a Job? A Fellowship?

The ICS program can help. Helping students find jobs, internships, and fellowships is a top priority for us. Visit our Career Resources page for our ever expanding list of places to look for your next opportunity.

Current Opportunities



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The ICS Program allowed Ryan Folio '12 to pursue his interest in freedom of expression in the Middle East.


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Al-Noor, Boston College's undergraduate Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies journal, aims to promote a discourse about the diverse opinions, myriad cultures, histories, and perspectives that comprise the Middle East.