(Core) Dakake, Haddad (director), Hamdani, McGlinchey, Mandaville, Sachedina (IIIT chair), Yilmaz
(Affiliate) Amireh, Bakhash, Butler, Butt, DeCaroli, Dwyer, Hirsch, Hughes Rinker, Paden
The Middle East and Islamic Studies program offers all course work designated MEIS in the Courses section of this catalog.
Middle East and Islamic Studies at Mason
The interdisciplinary program in Middle East and Islamic Studies offers a distinctive and innovative approach to the study of the Middle East, of Islam and of Muslim societies across the globe. The program seeks to situate the study of the Middle East and Islam within a globalized world. Students develop a broad understanding of the region, its history and its contemporary complexities with respect to society, politics, culture and economy.
The Middle East and Islamic Studies Program comprises four distinct curricula; a master’s program in Middle East and Islamic studies (MEIS), a graduate certificate program, and two undergraduate minor programs (Middle East studies and Islamic studies). Because these programs are interdisciplinary, undergraduate and graduate students may take courses from a range of disciplines to fulfill minor, graduate degree or certificate requirements. Undergraduate students should consult the specific listing, Middle East Studies Minor or Islamic Studies Minor for more details. Graduate students should consult with the MEIS director.
The Middle East and Islamic Studies Program offers two minors for undergraduates.
The Middle East Studies minor provides students with a firm grounding in the history, politics, and culture of this important region. Students develop an understanding of the diverse dynamics and complex forces that shape modern Middle East realities.
The Islamic Studies minor introduces students to the diverse and dynamic experience of Muslims globally and locally. Through interdisciplinary course offerings, students acquire an understanding of Islamic religious traditions, history, politics, society and culture. A three-credit course is also required in a language spoken in a Muslim majority country (Arabic, Persian, Turkish).
The program offers a master’s degree in Middle East and Islamic studies. Students study historical and contemporary topics - as well as theory and methodology - from regional and global perspectives. The unique interdisciplinary nature of the program provides students with a thorough foundation in the major debates and issues in the study of the Middle East, of Islam and of Muslim societies across the globe.
The graduate certificate in Middle East and Islamic studies allows students to examine the complex issues involved in understanding the Middle East and the broader Islamic world from a variety of perspectives. Students study both contemporary and historical developments in these regions; they take courses in various disciplines, including political science, history, and religious studies, and have the opportunity to take elective courses in an even broader set of disciplines, including sociology, anthropology, literature, and art history.
Bachelor’s/Accelerated Master’s Program
Highly qualified undergraduates in select majors may apply to the accelerated master’s degree program in Middle East and Islamic studies . If accepted, students will be able to earn an undergraduate degree in their chosen major and a graduate degree in Middle East and Islamic studies after satisfactory completion of 144 credits, often within five years. Credit limits and course requirements require advanced planning and consultation with the student’s undergraduate advisor and MEIS director. See link below for more information on the accelerated master’s.
Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies
The Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies is an interdisciplinary research center whose goal is to provide a sound and nuanced understanding of Muslim societies and the Islamic faith, its role in world history and patterns of globalization. The center regularly sponsors lectures and conferences, runs major research projects and hosts international scholars. The center supports the academic curriculum through its on-campus and off-campus activities.
Middle East Studies
The interdisciplinary Middle East Studies program at George Mason provides students with a firm grounding in the history, politics, and culture of this important region. Under the guidance of internationally recognized faculty, students develop an understanding of the diverse dynamics and complex forces that shape modern Middle East realities. Students have the opportunity to examine new Middle East diasporas and transnational communities in the West, as well as the role of the Middle East in a changing geopolitical environment marked by the rise of China, India and the re-emergence of Russia.
ProgramsUndergraduate Interdisciplinary Minor(s)Bachelor’s/Accelerated Master’s Program(s)Master’s Degree(s)Master’s Level Certificate(s)