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The mission of the Center for Middle East Studies is to enrich Middle East programming at the University of Oklahoma.

The Center for Middle East Studies brings distinguished speakers to the University each semester, sponsors informal Brown Bag Lunches, and supports Middle East events on campus. In the past years, CMES has brought Reza Aslan, Stephanie Saldana, Adeed Dawisha, Mona Eltahawy, Eugene Rogan, Graham Fuller, Hooman Majd, Juan Cole, among others, to speak at OU.

The Farzaneh family generously endowed a lecture series on Iran and a professorship in Iranian studies. The Department of International and Area Studies welcomed Dr. Afshin Marashi to fill this new position.  Dr. Marashi has established the Iranian Studies Program at OU and currently teachs Iranian Studies courses such as Modern Iran: 1500-Present.

To find out about the latest events sponsored by CMES, please go to our Facebook site: "Middle East at OU," here.

CMES faculty in the News



Roundtable discussion with Professor Samer Shehata

"The Future of Political Islam in the Middle East and North Africa under the Changing Regional Order"

Samer Shehata
Samer S. Shehata is the Colin Mackey and Patricia Molina de Mackey Associate Professor of Middle Eastern Studies in the Department of International and Area Studies at the University of Oklahoma. He previously taught at Georgetown University, New York University, Columbia University, the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies, and the American University in Cairo. He received a BA from the University of California at Berkeley, an M.Phill from the University of Cambridge, and a PhD from the Politics Department at Princeton University in 2000.



Newsweek, August 16, 2018

"U.S. Dispute with Turkey Helps Russia and Iran in Syria, Where Washington Is Losing Allies"

Joshua Landis

Joshua Landis is the Sandra Mackey Chair in Middle East Studied and the Director of Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Oklahoma. He was educated at Princeton (PhD), Harvard (MA), and Swawrthmore (BA). He has lived over 14 years in the Middle East; having been brought up in Beirut, he returned to the region in the 1980s to teach in Beirut and study at universities in Damascus, Cairo, and Istanbul. Most recently, he spent 2005 in Syria as a Senior Fulbright Research Fellow and lived several months in Damascus in 2007.

Unapologetically American Muslim
The New Turkey
Mass Atrocity in Mayamnar