Steering Committee: Susanna Drake (Religious Studies), Wessam Elmeligi (Classical Mediterranean and Middle East), J. Andrew Overman (Director; Classical Mediterranean and Middle East), James Laine (Religious Studies), Andrew Latham (Political Science), David Chioni Moore (International Studies), Khaldoun Samman (Sociology), Beth Severy-Hoven (Classical Mediterranean and Middle East), Joëlle Vitiello (French and Francophone Studies)
This concentration provides students with an opportunity to study the Middle East and the broader Islamic world from an interdisciplinary perspective. The concentration seeks to cultivate a basic familiarity with the cultures, politics, religions, philosophies, literatures, economies, and/or geographies of the Middle East and other Islamicate regions. In addition, the program aims to acquaint students with the theoretical and/or methodological approaches used in related fields of study.
Given that students and faculty come from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, the concentration permits students to complete this concentration in conjunction with a wide array of majors/minors. The program promotes breadth by requiring that students complete courses (in several departments); it promotes depth by requiring a research paper, internship, civic engagement project or artistic work focused on a relevant topic.