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Middle East Studies at Brown University is entering a phase of accelerated growth led by Beshara Doumani, who joined the Brown faculty this year as the Joukowsky Family Professor of Modern Middle East History. Three additional Middle East faculty positions were added this year in Comparative Literature and Modern Culture and Media. A search for another Middle East historian is currently underway. Two new staff positions have been added: an Associate Director and Academic Program Administrator. Visiting scholars opportunities include the Aga Khan Distinguished Professor in Islamic Humanities, three positions in Iranian studies, and a position in early modern Ottoman history. Undergraduate and graduate students also have access to four years of Arabic plus beginning Farsi and Turkish.
Middle East Studies is housed in new offices at the Watson Institute and enjoys endowment income through the Dean of Faculty office. Its mission is to build a cutting-edge research community, create innovative programming, and support pedagogical methods that go beyond the classroom. Unencumbered by the decades-old structure of Title VI Centers, Middle East Studies at Brown seeks to make knowledge production on the Middle East part of the DNA of Brown by focusing the interests and passions of its constituency, and by creating partnerships across areas and disciplines both within and beyond the university.
|Interests:||Islamic History / Studies
Middle East History / Studies